Our Classrooms

 

Classrooms – Experience the Excitement of Learning

The Montessori philosophy of self-direction encourages self-discipline. When children are truly engaged in what they’re doing, it’s easy to become absorbed, and to absorb more knowledge. This philosophy also applies to outdoor play, where children continue to explore and learn.

 

Beginner Classroom (18 months - 3 years)

The Beginner classroom offers a specific structure that fulfills social, physical, emotional and psychological needs of each child.  There is space for movement, individual work and group activities.

 

Everything in the environment is child sized, which makes it safe and pleasing for children. Here, children are given the opportunity to develop language skills, artistic abilities, and sensorial work. There are also practical life applications that emphasize activities that give children the chance to develop skills to care for themselves and their environment. The ultimate goal is to build the child’s self esteem, which is accomplished by repeated success with these activities.

 

Primary Classroom (3 years - Kindergarten)

The Montessori classroom is like a “living room.” Children choose activities from open shelves with self-correcting materials and work in specific areas, such as at tables or on rugs on the floor.

 

The classroom includes: practical life exercises that enhance development of task organization and cognitive order through care of self, care of their environment, and refinement of physical movement and coordination. The sensorial materials enable the child to order, classify, and describe sensory impressions in relation, length, width, temperature, mass, color, etc. The Montessori math materials allow the child to internalize the concepts of number, symbol, sequence, and operations. The language work includes oral language development, written expression, reading, and grammar. Basic writing and reading skills are developed by using sandpaper letters and phonics.  Multiple presentations allow children to link sounds and symbols. Children are also presented with geography, history, science, spanish, music, and art. 

 

 

Cleanliness - Imporant for All

Cleanliness is an important part of keeping our children healthy and happy.  We provide the opportunity for children to learn about hygeine in multiple scenarios, including proper hand washing before and after meal times and using the restroom, as well as during lunch prep and celan-up. 

 

All spaces that children come in contact with are regularly disinfected.  All the children’s toys are disinfected on a regular basis.

 

 

Safety & Security – A Priority

Providing a safe and secure environment is a top priotirty for us.  We make every effort to ensure your child is safe, happy, and healthy.

 

All outside entry doors are kept locked all day. Parents and visitors are greeted at the door. Anyone listed as authorized to pick up a child must show a photo ID.

 

Fire drills are conducted every month. Severe weather drills are conducted every three months during the school year. Parents will be notified in the case of a real emergency.

 

 

Nutrition and Rest

Snacks are provided by the school in the mornings, and may consist of water and any of the following: crackers, cheese, pretzels, animal crackers, fruit, etc.  A snack menu is available for your review at any time. 

 

At lunch time, children set-up their own space with a plate, napkin and silverware.  They assist with table setting, and cleaning up.

 

After lunch, children have a “rest period” where all children have an opportunity to lie down.  After 20 minutes, the children who are not yet asleep can then get up and engage in a quiet activity.  The older 4 ½ to 5 year old children will have a second Montessori work time after their rest period. 

 

We provide a rest mat for each child, but we encourae each child to bring his/her own travel size pillow and blanket or a nap roll.