twelve to twenty four months
A new life, what a treasure! During the first two years, intellectual and physical developments make greater strides than at any other time of life. Each child’s individual needs are met by our trained infant teachers. Our teachers actively communicate love and acceptance through body language, tone of voice, and gentle touch. Our young toddler classroom provides a safe and caring atmosphere to foster basic trust and security. Our little ones have room to play and interact with materials designed to stimulate the brain during this important time of development.
twentyfour months to three years
Toddlers are still very new to the world of sights, sounds, and movements. They are in awe of the wonders and objects of the world. Young children experience a safe, nurturing, and predictable environment in our Montessori program. Routine and consistency help children feel safe to explore, discover, and gain independence. The environment is rich with materials that stimulate conversation and the development of language, sensory exploration, pre-math materials, science and nature exploration, and activities that develop fine and gross motor skills. Art and music experiences provide many opportunities for creative expression.
three to six years
Our Primary Classroom is thoughtfully designed to nurture each child’s intellect and unfolding personality during these formative years. Early childhood is a delightful time to be active, explore the environment, and develop confidence as a learner through investigation and discovery.
Practical life is the hallmark of Montessori education in the Primary Classroom. The exercises in the practical life area involve care of the environment, care of oneself, physical developmental skills, and grace and courtesy. These exercises help children develop independence and provide preparation for the academic world.
The Montessori community promotes respect for self and others, waiting turns, and cooperation. In our carefully prepared environment, children develop a sense of order, concentration, coordination, and independence, while gaining a strong foundation for mathematics, writing, reading, science, cultural studies, geography, art, and music.
six to twelve years
The quest to learn about self and the world continues in the elementary years. Elementary children are very social and are interested in issues such as cooperation, fairness, and decision-making. They are learning how to work collaboratively and exploring the rules of society. We give focus and purpose to children’s natural desire to work within a group.
One of the goals of the Montessori curriculum is to expose children to the whole range of human knowledge through an integrated approach to learning. The “cosmic education” provides an overview of the history of the universe. Through the study of ancient civilizations, children discover that mathematics, language, geography, music, and art all developed from basic human needs. With children, this knowledge fosters respect and understanding for others. The Montessori culture works and activities use a child's natural curiosity for the world around them to teach zoology, biology, Earth science, and geography, while strengthening reading and writing skills.
In the lower elementary class, lessons are primarily presented through the use of Montessori materials and exercises. These materials demonstrate why and how things work, providing a strong, concrete understanding of concepts, and laying the foundation for abstract reasoning. The upper elementary curriculum continues to ignite the inquisitive mind through research, investigation, experiments and project-based learning.
In addition to core subjects, music, art, drama, yoga and Spanish lessons are integrated into our program to develop the whole child.
Unlike traditional settings, our students are engaged throughout the entire learning process and have the gift of time to fully develop, understand, and master concepts in a supportive, respectful environment.