Helping Hands Montessori Services & Pre-school

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Dynamic and caring Montessori home school for toddlers serving 18 months to 3+ years.

In-Home Consultation

Specializing in “bringing Montessori to you” to bridge home and school.

Meet our Staff

WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU!

Helping Hands Montessori is Re-Opening!! 

Summer Camp

July 6- July 31, 2020

2 & 3 year olds- 9:00am-12:30pm

4 & 5 year olds 1:00pm-4:30pm

Health and Safety are our  #1 priority! Please reach out to our Director, Talitha Green, on the ‘contact us’ page, for more info.

We have loved showing up each day for our students on Zoom and very much look forward to seeing you all again soon!

      

We are offering virtual tours for families who fill out a waitlist application for 2020-2021.

HHMS Waitlist Application

 

Stay healthy and safe, Austin! We love you!

Meet our Staff:

Talitha Green M.Ed., is the founder and Director of Helping Hands Montessori Services and Preschool (HHMS) which opened its doors in 2008. HHMS is a Montessori school serving toddlers ages 18 months to 3+ years.  In addition to running the school, Talitha is a successful, certified parent coach offering parenting workshops and specializing in helping parents discover helpful and supportive approaches for their child and family.

A mother of two, Talitha built her current schoolhouse in her backyard. This gem is nestled just to the Southeast of downtown Austin. Talitha is truly a product of the Montessori method. She attended Montessori for her first nine years as a child, sought out Montessori type high schools and colleges, and obtained her Primary and Elementary certification from the Association of Montessori International (AMI), and holds a Masters degree in Education from Loyola College in Maryland. She is a certified Yoga Instructor and Social & Emotional Learning Facilitator with over 500 hours of training.

Talitha has 25 years of experience as a Montessori Guide and has helped families locally and nation-wide as a consultant and parent coach for the last 10 years. When you enroll in the HHMS toddler program you will receive a complimentary coaching session tailored to your family’s specific needs.

Janie Furlow, is in her third year as a guide at HHMS. A Wyoming native and mother of four teenagers, Janie has over 2 decades of classroom experience working with all ages, is a certified teacher, and is currently obtaining her Toddler Montessori Training from NAMC. In recent years, Janie was a Montessori assistant guide at an AMS preschool in Colorado for 2 years then was promoted to Head of School where she over saw all the programs from infancy to kindergarten. She worked in this capacity for 3 years  before moving to Dallas and teaching 3rd grade in the public school. Janie moved to Austin with her family in the late Summer of 2017 and found Helping Hands was a perfect fit for her.  She is thrilled to be working with toddlers and feels happy to be part of such an amazing program and team.

 

Contact Us to RSVP for a tour, set-up a free 15 minute consultation and to find out more about our In-home ‘Little Learners’ Program and Parent Coaching.

512-784-1842

Our Mission

WHAT'S OUR GOAL
Helping Hands Montessori Services is designed to aid children, parents, families and schools in building a bridge and easing the transition from the home-life to the school-life. This is accomplished by creating a loving, rich learning environment for children 18 months to 3+ years and their families, to thrive and grow to their fullest potential.

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Our School Offerings, Admissions and Tuition

THINGS TO DO

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Flow of the Day:

  • 9:00-9:15- Arrival
  • 9:15-10:30- Welcome and Settling in
  • 10:30-11:00- Potty, hand-washing, snack
  • 11:00-11:45- Outdoor play
  • 11:45-12:00- Potty, Hand-washing, cool down
  • 12:00-12:30-Lunch
  • 12:30-1245- Clean-up, Independent reading time
  • 12:45-12:55- Group reading
  • 12:55-1:00-Adios song and departure

Montessori Lessons

The child in a Montessori classroom has freedom of movement and can, for the most part, choose his or her own work. The guide aids the child in the lesson and then allows the child to work independently,  while observing the progress of child. Concentration and focus are key and the guide pays close attention to not interrupt this important part of the learning process.

Importance of Play

The Montessori environment offers the child myriad ways to engage the imagination. Through indoor and outdoor play the child can literally let their imagination run wild and be fully engaged in the world around them.
~ “Play is the work of the child.” Maria Montessori

Montessori Prepared Environment

Montessori Education is an internationally acclaimed system of education developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman physician in Italy. Montessori philosophy has been in existence for over 100 years. At its core, it is is designed to promote peace and considers the whole child as well as the environment in its approach.  A rich environment inspires interests and extends the child’s experience, widening her grasp of such things as music, art, history, geography, science, language, and math. Observations, over the years, of the child’s built-in curiosity and interest in all these areas of study and accomplishment, have taught us to focus on the preparation of the early environment and allow the child to choose and to teach herself. The adult’s challenge is to be sure that the environment offers all of the key experiences necessary for the laying of this foundation.

Social Learning

The child is engaged in social learning whether it is family time, independent play, peer-to-peer learning, or cooperative games but the real importance here is concentration. Concentration comes before play and is essential because it is the foundation for learning and lays the basis for development of the child’s character and subsequent social behavior. Many lessons in the Montessori classroom can be given as a group or individually and help aid the child in pro-social behaviors. The Grace and Courtesy lessons, as the name aptly describes, help the child control his/her body and move gracefully while giving them the courtesies of the social life, the “please” and “thank you’s” that denote distinguished manners.

Parents can create a Prepared Environment at home. A Prepared Environment not only includes the physical materials, it also encompasses the atmosphere and the rules that govern the environment (home or school). By adopting a Montessori philosophy at home parents can help their child develop and inspire the child’s intrinsic love of learning. This home prepared environment will help parents observe their child as they develop independence, self-esteem, mental cognition, physical and emotional faculties.

Parent Consults can work hand in glove with what the child is learning at school with Grace and Courtesy Lessons, which include but are not limited to, Care of Self, Care of the Environment, Saying “please and “thank you”, carrying things carefully and with concentration, rolling and unrolling a rug, and putting work away. All of the wonderful things your child learns in school can bridge the home life.

Attendance at Helping Hands Montessori School is not required to have consultations and a package rate is available for those who want to maximize the benefits of a Montessori prepared environment in the home.

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Tuition and Fees

2020-2021

HHMS is 4-day per week program from 9:00am-1:00pm.  The annual tuition is paid  in 10 monthly installments- August through May. We offer a 5% sibling discount. Part time is available once all full-time spots have been filled.

The first day of school for students is WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2020. The last day for students is Thursday, May 27, 2020.

Number of Days Annual 10 monthly installments
2 days/week $5500.00 $550.00
4 days/week $9500.00 $950.00

*updated FEB. 2020

 

Enrollment: Amount
Waiting list application fee (Non-refundable) $150.00
New Student Enrollment fee (due with enrollment application and Non-refundable) $300.00
Returning Student Enrollment  fee (due with re-enrollment application and Non-refundable) $200.00
Annual  Supply fee for new and returning students

Parent Support Fund

$300.00

$200.00

Please print out forms, fill out and email back to me or bring prior to the child’s first day. All payments due prior to start of school. If you have any questions please contact Talitha at 512-784-1842.

Summer Camp 2020

SUMMER CAMP 2020

JUNE 29, – JULY 31, 2020.

MONDAY-FRIDAY

9:00am-1:00pm.

$1300.00 for all 5 weeks.

$200.00 non-refundable deposit required to hold your child’s spot

HHMS SUMMER CAMP 2020

Admission to HHMS is a 4-step process:

1.Take a Tour
Contact us to find out the date of the next tour.

2. Love what you saw on your tour?
Schedule  a Meet and Greet with the teachers after school. All family members welcome. (by clicking the “schedule’ it should go directly to contact us page)

3. It’s a great fit! Accept a “waitlist” or “open” spot offered by HHMS Admin.

4. Your teacher will schedule a pre-visit for your child prior to the start of school.

View the Enrollment Agreement here.

Enrollment Packet 2020-2021

 

 

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Services include but are not limited to working with parents to:

  1. enhance the home space to be more greatly aligned with best age-appropriate child development opportunities
  2. clear the path for a unified approach to child development practices within the home environment.
  3. increase the options for providing loving and simultaneously firm limits and boundaries.
  4. trouble shoot a wide variety of concerns from sleep training for infants to cell phone guidelines for youth.

All parents of HHMS students receive their first 90-minute consultation at no charge as a benefit for joining the HHMS community. Subsequent HHMS parent consultations are offered as desired on a sliding scale.

  • Parent Support
  • *set up a your child’s space
  • *set up the family space
  • *what can we help you with?
  • In-person
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  • Coaching
  • *parent and family support
  • *dream building
  • * happy, healthy family design
  • In-person or phone/Face-time
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  • Workshops
  • *Montessori-in-the-Home 
  • *Love and Limits
  • *Custom workshop based on your specific needs
  • In-person, Zoom conference call
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Summer Camp 2020

Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 31

9:00am-1:00pm

Summer camp registration is now open for current and former HHMS students and their siblings; serving ages 2 to 5 on a first-come-first-serve basis. Camp curriculum is designed to complement the Montessori classroom and the grace and courtesy lessons with additional games, arts and crafts projects, nature walks, special guests, and water day every Thursday!

Camp registration is for the entire 5 weeks. There is a $200.00 non-refundable deposit to secure a spot.  Spaces are limited; sign up now!

 

Summer Camp Dates:     Tuition:
Monday, June 29 –  Friday, July 31

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM    

   $1300.00

($200 non-refundable deposit

to secure spot due at time of enrollment)

 

Summer Camp tuition is due on or before the first day of camp. You may pay half on June 1st and the other half on the first day of camp. Tuition must be paid-in-full by the first day of camp and is non-refundable at that time.

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Contact Us

Contact us at 512-784-1842 or by completing the form below. We look forward to hearing from you.