Preprimary • Ages 2 - 3
The first few years of a child's life are crucial to their personality and intellectual development. Toddlers need love and emotional nurturance and a healthy physical environment, along with an environment that promotes their very real need to learn. The Montessori method of education provides a basis for individualized learning activities appropriate for even the earliest stages of a child's development.
The Preprimary program at The Montessori School encourages, assists, and protects the normal development of each child. Children in our program flourish in prepared environments which respect, support, and respond to their basic needs for independence, exploration, and the building of trust and self-esteem.
The structure of the curriculum is based on five developmental areas: physical and motor, perceptual and sensory, language, self-help skills, and social and emotional.
While providing a structured and thus familiar environment, the needs of individual children are met.
Elementary • Ages 6 - 12
Elementary classrooms are multi-age settings, with classes divided into groups of children ages 6 to 12 years old. Mixed age grouping encourages the sense of family and community, while providing mentoring opportunities in which the older students help the younger, thereby reinforcing their own skills.
Freedom of movement, open work spaces and uninterrupted blocks of time for individual and group projects all help to support the 6-12 year old's to gain control over a growing body, as well as the child's drive toward autonomy.
Montessori elementary studies are based on a cultural curriculum, which integrates history, geography, math, science, biology, language, literature, art, music, and Bible. This interdisciplinary approach helps children build creative and critical thinking skills.
The assignments, projects, and field trips include individual work, small and large group, cooperative work, and decision-making and evaluation.
In keeping with the Montessori educational philosophy, the assessment of a child's performance is based on a systematic collection of information that includes observations, portfolios containing examples of work, and conferences.
Primary • Ages 3 - Kindergarten
The activities of Practical Life instill care for oneself, for others and for the environment. Through these tasks and experiences, children learn to coordinate their movements and develop fine motor skills. Practical Life activities are the foundation of all academic work because they promote concentration, order, independence, and a complete work cycle.
The Sensorial materials are designed to enable the 3 year old child - Kindergarten to identify and refine information obtained through the senses. By seeing, smelling, tasting, listening to, touching and further exploring the sensorial properties of these materials, children begin to classify and eventually name impressions in their environment.
The Primary classroom is rich in language opportunities - listening to stories, singing and conversing with others. The sandpaper letters connect each spoken sound with its symbol, supporting the development of writing, and eventually reading.
The math materials help children to develop an understanding of math concepts through the manipulation of concrete materials; building a secure foundation of math principles and skills.
Science, geography, history, art, music and Bible are also integrated into the Primary environment.