The Pre-primary Program for ages 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 introduces young children to the Montessori environment. A wide range of age-appropriate activities are available that support socialization, language development, and math readiness. Students are exposed to geography, science, music, art, and foreign language. With a low student/teacher ratio, children receive individual attention. The Montessori materials allow children to explore concepts deeply, encourage internal motivation, and offer the freedom to work at an individual pace.
The Primary/Kindergarten Program is for children ages 3-1/2 to 6. There are five main curriculum areas in this age group: practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics and cultural subjects.
- The practical life area consists of activities that can be categorized as refining movement (gross and fine motor skills), care of the person, care of the environment, and grace and courtesy. Through exercises such as pouring water, buttoning, zipping, tying, scrubbing a shell, and sewing, children progressively acquire more independence and develop self-control, orderliness, focus, and ability to organize and complete a project.
- The sensorial area consists of an array of colorful materials designed to develop the five senses. Students classify impressions from the environment such as small and large, thin and thick, short and long with hands on materials. They shake sound cylinders to distinguish between loud and soft, grade dark blue to light blue and many shades between with beautiful color tablets, and categorize objects by their degree of roughness or smoothness. They effortlessly learn the names and properties of geometric shapes and solids as they manipulate them.
- The language area contains many materials that support reading readiness such as language cards for vocabulary enrichment, baskets of objects to rhyme to develop phonemic awareness, sandpaper letters to trace with the fingers for learning letter sounds and formation, and excercises to develop pencil control for handwriting. Students are introduced to phonetic concepts as one tool for beginning reading.
- The mathematics area offers materials that support children learn the concept of quantity, symbols representing quantities, and the association between the two. Children work with math materials that help them internalize the concepts of zero, of sets of numbers, of the base ten decimal system, and of operations. As children manipulate concrete materials during the early years, they progress easily to abstraction later.
- The cultural subjects include geography, history, botany, zoology, physical science, music, art, and foreign language. Children's curiosity and creativity is encouraged as they explore scientific concepts, musical instruments, puzzle maps of the continents of the world, and various art media.
The Elementary Program for children ages 6-12 incorporates the developmental characteristics specific to this age child in the areas of intellectual, moral, social, and emotional growth. Students continue to develop critical thinking, problem solving and time management skills. The children are also involved in a number of community service projects and support throughout the elementary years.
- Reading and Writing are encouraged and emphasized in all subject areas. The program is individualized leading to completion of research projects. To convey what they are reading in academic areas, students must learn to express themselves in well-constructed written form.
- Basic Math facts are stressed as prerequisites for doing the more advanced math computations: fractions, multiplication, and long division, powers of numbers, systems of numerations, squaring and cubing, etc. Geometry is studied as it helps develop a creative capacity in the student; it is a foundation for construction of reality and emphasizes logical thinking.
- History, Biology, Geography and Physical Science are studied as interrelated aspects of the same world.
- Art, Music, Foreign Language and Physical Education are used to further enrich the children’s studies so they can learn more about themselves and other cultures.
- Educational field trips are an important extension of our elementary curriculum and are encouraged and emphasized in all subject areas.