The Montessori Curriculum
The essence of Dr. Maria Montessori’s method is to allow for the development of natural human tendencies and to help children as they adapt to their culture. The curriculum is grounded in the universal laws of human development that include movement, language, order, adaptation, work, self- discipline, exploration, self-perfection, abstract thinking, imagination and creativity.
A goal of the Montessori program is to help children think for themselves and to be actively involved in their own education. This is one distinction between a Montessori program and many conventional school programs. The Montessori environment is filled with beautiful and enticing age- appropriate materials.
Explore our pages and learn more about each class level.
Toddler Class: 24 to 36 months (Half day and Full Day)
Primary Class: 3 to 6 yrs (Half day and Full Day)
*Half Day 9:00am - 1:00pm or 1:00pm- 5:30pm
*Full Day 9:00am - 3:00pm
Extended Hours 7:30am - 5:30pm
The Toddler program helps to prepare the child not just for school, but also for life. This class for children starting at 24 months meets two, three, or five days a week. Children do not need to be toilet-trained to participate, as toilet-training is an integral part of our Toddler program.
The class is composed of three elements: the prepared environment, observation, and guidance. Classes focus on practical life exercises, sensory exploration, and vocabulary enrichment to help children acquire a sense of order. The Toddler classroom allows children to move easily from large muscle movement areas to fine motor exercises, including pouring, sweeping, dusting, buttoning, zipping, and table setting. A child's inclination for independence is respected by giving him skills to accomplish tasks independently.
This provides opportunities for freedom and exploration in a safe and loving atmosphere. The children learn to take care of themselves and their surroundings and develop skills to communicate with one another. Lessons of grace and courtesy help the children develop respect for themselves, for others, and for the (class) environment.
Michael Olaf's Montessori Child Development Stages, Year 1-2 Michael Olaf's Montessori Child Development Stages, Year 2-3 Montessori from the Start - Paula Polk Lillard
The Primary class is composed of children between the ages of 3 to 5yrs, and meets five days a week.
The children are ready for a larger group as they develop social skills, language, motor coordination, and perceptual skills. The mixed-age classroom provides social interaction opportunities for the differing maturity and interest levels.
The Primary child refines the language, motor, and perceptual skills absorbed in earlier development. Their experiences are guided by a multi-sensory approach in language, mathematics, geography, art, science and music. The child refines motor skills, discovers reading through phonics, encounters mathematical concepts through concrete materials, and explores geographical relationships and scientific information through manipulating sensorial objects and real life materials.
Children receive daily Spanish experiences and lessons.The program includes preparation for reading, writing, math, natural and physical science exploration through the use of Montessori materials.