Preschool children (age 3-6) are created to naturally learn. They have an “absorbent mind”. They are driven to explore everything through purposeful movement and then order and classify their experiences. As they order, manipulate, imagine, repeat, work and communicate they develop inner security, a sense of order, pride in the environment, abiding curiosity, a habit of concentration, traits of initiative and persistence, the ability to make decisions, self-discipline and a sense of responsibility to other members of the class, family and community. Preschool children are self learners. Their powers of observation are developing through all the senses. They learn through watching, doing with repeated trial and error, and showing others. The purposes of school activities are to encourage independence and self-esteem; to develop kindness, courtesy, and self discipline; to learn to observe, question and solve problems; and most importantly to awaken the exploring spirit and imagination. After a child has learned in the preschool for three years they should be school-ready. They should be able to sound out words and write all the letters of the alphabet, count and follow directions. They should have enough fine motor control to cut, write and color. They should be able to run, throw, catch, and climb without getting hurt. They should have a functional understanding of their environment and be able to take care of themselves. Most importantly they should be motivated to teach themselves. The role of the teacher is first to provide a well prepared learning environment, then to guide children in learning experiences, looking for teachable moments through careful observation of the children..
The well prepared learning environment includes learning areas and age-appropriate self-correcting learning materials. The learning areas are:
Practical life which include activities a child will encounter during their daily living, such as; pouring, scooping, buttoning, and many more exercises that build self-esteem, independence and confidence.
Sensorial refers to the senses and children will use materials that allow them to learn size, volume, length, touch, temperature, weight, color, shape, or sound.
Language allows children to use various materials like the moveable alphabet, sandpaper letters and Montessori nomenclature cards to help hear , see and experience language. Throughout the day children are immersed in language enrichment through participation in songs, poems, stories and discussions.
Mathematics encourages children to learn the basic math foundation of order, sequence, patterns, relationships, quantity, counting, and dimension. As they go through the basic, intermediate and advanced levels they will be exposed to addition, subtraction, fractions; money counting, skip counting and problem solving.
The materials are self-correcting in that the children can experience a sense of accomplishment when they know they got the material activity right. Repeating success is usual. The children choose their own materials they work with and the Montessori teacher will give them a one on one lesson as they advance to new materials. They get it down and put it back with respect and care of the environment. Children peacefully learn at their own pace. There is a daily schedule which includes a solid period of Montessori work time and then orderly moving from one activity to another with circle rug time. There are regular teacher parent conferences to sing the praises of the child and reaffirm the plan of education. In addition to our Montessori academics, every day your child will be encouraged to participate in various enrichment classes offered right here on our campus. These classes are taught by specialized instructors and will help expose your child to wonderful experiences with the arts. Each enrichment class is 30 to 45 minutes Monday through Friday. We offer Spanish, art, sports, music and computer classes bi weekly. Children will also learn about animals and plants in the Montessori gardens where they grow vegetables they can taste. We have daily outdoor play in our playgrounds. The playground has climbing structures with slides and swings, balls and tricycles for coordination and physical development.
We accept Crystal Stairs and other low income government aid programs. We will work with you.
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