The seven Early Childhood classrooms at our Main Campus are brimming with Montessori materials. As children enter these beautiful, orderly environments, they have the freedom to make choices. Maria Montessori believed that, when children have the opportunity to make their own choices, they are more satisfied. Children progress at their own rates after demonstrating mastery. All classrooms have a three-year age span of children, beginning at age three. The three-year-old child is in the age of discovery and exploration; the four-year-old child is eager to accomplish and progress; and the five-year-old is pursuing advanced studies, acting as a role model for younger children and teaching the little ones. The teachers work hard to create a community of children who learn to respect themselves, their classmates and their environment.
Our seven lead Pre-Elementary teachers all hold 4-year college degrees and training credentials from MACTE-accredited teacher training programs (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education). Likewise, the majority of our support staff has either completed or is in the process of completing their MACTE-accredited training.
Montessori curriculum is divided into four core areas of study: Practical Life, Sensorial, Math and Language. Supplementing these four core areas are music, foreign language, geography, physical science, botany, zoology and physical education.
Practical Life: The Practical Life area of the classroom provides real life experiences as children pour water, spoon beans and learn to zip. These activities give children the opportunity to increase their attention span and independence and to develop the ability to concentrate.
Sensorial: Sensorial comes from the word sense. In this area the children learn through their senses to make classifications in their environment: which is bigger, which is loudest, which is roughest?
Math: The Practical Life and Sensorial areas of the classroom prepare the child for Math. The math materials are carefully designed, developmentally appropriate and sequenced. The children learn and master math concepts as they encounter these materials.
Language: The teaching of reading and writing forms the basis of the language area. Children begin with pre-language exercises such as matching, classifying and sequencing and then move into the learning of phonetic sounds. Three levels of reading prepare the child to read at the non-phonetic level. Grammar studies are offered to advanced students.
Cosmic Studies: Cosmic means comprehensive, holistic and all inclusive. When children are given an awareness of all life on earth and their interconnection to all life on earth, they may then understand the importance of being grateful for all that exists and those that came before us. Children are given lessons in the forces of nature; botany, zoology, geography and geology. The lessons in preschool provide the foundation to give students an understanding of the universe and how life became. These lessons develop in the lower elementary level of Montessori classrooms.
It is the head teacher’s responsibility to ensure that children receive lessons from all areas of the curriculum: Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language and the Cosmic Curriculum. Children progress through a curriculum area at their own pace. Those who master a skill quickly may progress quickly and those requiring more time are allowed repetition of an activity.
Music and Spanish are two subject areas taught by outside specialists who visit each classroom. A weekly Science lesson and Physical Education are additionally taught to kindergarten students. A community service project is undertaken by all students each year.
After School Programs
After school programs are offered and currently soccer is available on Mondays and Mandarin is available on Wednesdays.