Children’s House (Ages 3-6)
The Montessori classroom is a prepared environment that allows children to work towards their own development, be part of a community and explore the environment around them. Children between the ages of 3 and 6 learn from direct contact with the environment by means of all the senses and through movement. The child literally absorbs everything in the environment.
At this age children are refining motor coordination, social skills, concentration, and a sense of order, independence and reasoning. The teacher guides children in their whole development – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Over a period of time, the children develop into a “normalized community” working with high concentration and few interruptions.
The classroom is made up of six areas: Practical Life/Art, Sensorial, Math, Language, Science and Culture.
- Practical Life is the foundation of a Montessori Classroom and teaches the children to care for themselves and their environment. With activities such as pouring, sewing, apple cutting and polishing, the children gain concentration, coordination and self-confidence.
- The Sensorial Area helps children become aware of the surrounding world through refining their senses. This area also prepares the children for mathematics by teaching varying dimension and geometric shapes.
- Mathematics in a Montessori classroom is taught using concrete materials. Starting with the Number Rods the children learn the concept of base ten. At the ages of four and five, the Golden Beads are used to introduce mathematical equations.
- Language is part of all areas of the classroom. With a rich verbal environment the children develop vocabulary and self-expression. Through sandpaper letters and realistic objects the children learn letter sounds and gradually begin to spell and read phonetic words.
- Science allows the children to explore their environment. Through books, objects, photographs and coloring the children learn about the animal kingdom, sink/float, living/nonliving and magnets.
- Culture is an important part of the classroom. There is a focus on the different continents, including flags, celebrations, ethnic foods and the people of different nations. Maria Montessori believed that the ultimate goal of Montessori education is world peace and, for this reason, culture and diversity are an essential part of the classroom.
3 – 5 Year Olds
Mornings only – 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Full day – 8:30 a.m.– 2:30 p.m.
Dr. Montessori wrote, “The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.” The preschool curriculum includes language, math, science, art, geography, sensorial, and everyday living. Children learn to read through a wide range of Montessori-based, phonetic materials. Math is taught using hands-on materials in a sequential manner. The Montessori classroom is a prepared environment that allows children to work towards their own development, be part of a community and explore the environment by means of all the senses and through movement. The child literally absorbs everything in the environment. In our program, a broad range of activities enrich our program including Art, Yoga, Music, Dance, and Gardening.
Afternoons are individualized according to the child’s needs. Children under age 5 are offered the opportunity to nap in a separate room. Those who choose not to nap continue with their morning Montessori activities.
5 – 6 Year Olds
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Following the morning in the mixed-age classroom, the children continue to afternoon kindergarten for activities appropriate for their stage of development. The peer group becomes important at this age and the children enjoy their special time together. This small afternoon group has an opportunity to know the feeling of team cooperation while developing leadership skills. Continuing the child in the Montessori program in the third year allows him/her to realize concepts and skills that were previously experienced and practiced, but not yet mastered. In this afternoon group, the children focus on academic work appropriate for kindergarten.