We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.
(Maria Montessori)

Curriculum

The Toddler Program

Practical Life:

Essential activities teaching toddlers practicalities which promote their growing independence. The Practical Life activities help the child learn how to dress and undress him or herself, how to use the toilet, how to serve him or herself food and drink and how to conduct him or herself at meal time. Practical Life activities also help the child develop skills necessary to look after his or her environment, these include: sweeping, mopping, wiping up a spill and care of plants. All activities are designed to capture the child's interest and have an obvious beginning and end. By completing an activity from start to finish the child experiences the joys of accomplishment and, at the same time, learns to build on his or her ability to concentrate.

Movement:

All the activities that the children interact with in the Montessori classroom help to further develop his or her movement skills. There are activities that focus on gross motor skill development (sweeping the floor or climbing a small staircase), and others that focus on fine motor skill development (painting at an easel or pouring a glass of water).

Language:

At the toddler age children are continuously working to develop their language skills. Some ways in which the toddler environment helps the child to become a fluent, comprehensible speaker include the teacher using precise vocabulary and speaking in a natural and clear manner. Teachers encourage the children to speak for themselves by being patient, empathetic and perceptive. Classroom materials used to increase the child's vocabulary include picture cards, miniatures and books. The child's language development is also aided through use of poetry, music and song.



The Casa Program

The Casa program is a three year program. It is in the child's best interest and the classrooms best interest as a whole that every child complete the full three years. We expect parents who enroll their child in the Casa program to commit to the three years (pre-school, JK and SK).

Practical Life:

The classroom is equipped with child-size materials that enable children to safely explore and practice the skills required for everyday living and learning. Daily practice will help the child to successfully adapt to his or her surroundings and foster independence. Some of these activities include: hand washing, independently dressing oneself, how to clean up after one's self and grace and courtesy. These exercises have a purpose as well as a definite beginning and a definite end. Working on an activity from beginning to end empowers the child as they may see proof of their accomplishments. Their ability to concentrate strengthens and improves as the Practical Life activities become more complex.

Sensorial:

Young children acquire knowledge through their senses. Doctor Montessori developed numerous unique and attractive materials to help develop and refine the five senses of the growing child. These materials provide the child with concrete hands on learning and aid the child to acquire new information via the senses. Materials found in Sensorial often isolate one specific value such as "length" in new and exciting ways for the child to explore and discover.

Language:

A Montessori classroom offers an enriched environment for the child to naturally expand and explore language acquisition. Early sound games and specially designed materials lead to phonetic awareness and understanding which lays the foundation for reading, writing and story telling. Children are constantly encouraged to "use their words".

Mathematics:

Active involvement with Montessori materials makes learning mathematical concepts fun A unique feature of Montessori math materials is that they are physical representations of abstract concepts so that the child gets to experience these concepts both sensorially and intellectually. There is no stronger basis for a clear mathematical mind.

Culture:

Children are eager to learn about the world. Through story telling, celebration and use of Montessori Materials the child discovers his or her relation to others in the human race. Beautiful globes and puzzle maps help the child gain awareness of geography and world interconnectivity. Children take pride in finding their special place with in our world.


Enrollment for September 2018 is Open

Enrollment for September 2018 is Open

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Enrollment for September 2018 is Open

Enrollment for September 2018 is Open

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