Fruita mom opens Montessori school

Fruita mom Melanie Harmon couldn’t find just the right preschool for her 3-year-old son. So she decided to open her own.

As a teacher of 15 years who had observed the Montessori education method at her mom and sister’s Montessori school in Moab, Utah, Harmon is partial to the Montessori model. There is Montessori School of Grand Junction at 441 Kennedy Ave., but Harmon wanted something closer to home where she could spend the day with her child and others. She got certified to teach Montessori preschool and will open Fruita Montessori on Aug. 12 at 140 N. Plum St.

“Montessori is an education program based off of developmental stages of the child. We use specially designed Montessori materials to teach a wide variety of topics. It’s definitely education-based,” Harmon said. “It’s just another option that’s not out there (in Fruita).”

The school will take six 3- through 6-year-olds for a multi-age classroom this year. The 2013-14 class schedule will closely follow School District 51’s calendar and classes will take place five days a week. Half-day and full-day slots are available, but Harmon said students who can come five days a week for a full day will be given priority in the admissions process, which typically involves an interview with parents.

There are three slots available for the coming school year. Parent information nights will take place at 6:30 p.m. July 2 and 11 at the school. Parents who want to attend one of the information nights should reserve a spot by calling Harmon at 462-6097 or visiting the school’s website, http://www.fruitamontessori.com. Tuition rates based on how often children will attend school are available on the website as well.


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