Our curriculum focuses on the five principles of Montessori education – practical life, sensorial, math, language, and culture studies. The goals of our program are to develop the child’s independence, initiative, self-confidence, self-discipline, self-esteem, and social awareness.
After participating in a demonstration of a material from a teacher, the child will work at his/her own pace. Each material is graduated in difficulty and focuses on one concept for the child to master. The skill learned will prepare the child for the more complex task ahead. Since there is usually only one of each material, a child will develop patience and self-control as he/she waits for a material to become available.
Our youngest group, Stargazers, focus on the simple recognition of the five principles. Teachers use a variety of games, stories, poems, songs, and picture cards during circle time to teach letter shapes, sounds, and non-sequential numbers.
As children progress and move to the Lotus Room and Buttercup classrooms, they begin to receive more structure and accountability. Children will learn the skills of printing with a pencil and paper, phonetic language, and sequential math.
All of these experiences benefit the child, which leads to independence and self-respect. The practical life exercises most clearly demonstrate the fundamental Montessori principle, “Help me to do it myself.”
The schedules below are an outline of how your child could spend a typical day at school. The teachers incorporate their own plans and ideas into the schedule to develop a working program, which, after careful evaluation, will work for their classroom. Children may also be split into groups for work or play time.
8:00 am to 9:00 am
The children have free choice in doing the following:
- Story Telling
- Quiet Time
- Working and playing with materials and educational toys
- Craft Projects
- Sharing with teachers and classmates about ideas and events
9:00 am to 10:00 am
- Circle Time
- Math or Language Work
- Sharing Ideas and Events
- Social Studies and Science
10:00 am to 10:15 am
Snack time and outside play
10:15 am to 11:30 am
Free choice work including:
- Sensorial Exercises
- Practical Life
- Social Science
11:30 am to 12:15 pm
Clean up and Lunch Time
12:15 pm to 12:45 pm
Recess - social experience and physical exercise
12:45 pm to 2:30 pm
Wash up and Rest/Naptime. Children who are not resting may choose quiet work. As the children awaken, they may relax or return to the classroom.
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Inside play - social experience and physical exercise
3:30 pm to 3:45 pm
Wash up and snack time
3:45 pm to 6:00 pm
Outside play - social experience and physical exercise