“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.”
Dr. Maria Montessori
- Three or four year program for children 2 year 7 months to 6 years
- Student to teacher ratio – 10:1
- In addition to core curriculum: Spanish, Musikgarten and Body Movement
The Children’s House
The Children’s House serves children from 2 years 7 months through 6 years in half day, full day, or extended day program options. In this mixed-age environment children spend three to four years in the same classroom, which allows a strong classroom community to develop between children, teachers, and parents.
The children learn by doing. The classroom environment is prepared with beautiful learning materials that entice children to explore academic concepts and the world around them through their senses, observation, and experience. Teachers guide students through the curriculum as children are ready for each new challenge, introducing lessons and then letting children practice what they have learned. As children grow, the classroom materials grow with them in that older children use the materials to explore the curriculum in new and deeper ways. The 3-6 year old goes through an intense period of change, including the transition to cooperative work and more complex social interactions, a language explosion leading to beginning skills in writing and reading, the emergence of number sense and the foundations of math, as well as great changes in physical development. The Montessori teacher responds to these changes in social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development with appropriate lessons to support each child’s growth and emerging capabilities.
Extended-Day or Kindergarten
Extended Day, the culminating year of the Children’s House, provides an extraordinary opportunity for 5 and 6 year olds to develop their leadership skills. The children act as positive peer models for their younger classmates, assuming positions of responsibility that further strengthen their own capabilities and self-esteem. Everything that children have learned in previous years comes together in Extended Day, giving children a readiness to meet new challenges.
Children possess an ability to simply absorb information from their environment, like a sponge. Dr. Montessori called this phenomenon “the absorbent mind”.