Early Childhood Program

 

Early Childhood Program ~ 3 yrs - 6 yrs
Academic Day (Extended Day) 8:30 a.m - 2:30 p.m
Full Day (Including before/after school care) 6:30 a.m - 6:00 p.m

 

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Peer learning: Lesson in practical life

The Early Childhood program is a three year cylce. The third year culminates in a 'year of fruition' where all the parts of the classroom are realized as integrated and logical by the child, who has by the end of the cycle acquired leadership, social awareness and emotional intelligence to take with him to the next stage of his formation.

The curriculum is framed in a 'prepared environment' which includes these areas:

Practical Life- This area of the curriculum is designed to invite the young learner to act and work on real life tasks that foster independence, coordination, order and concentration. The materials develop a work cycle that flows into all the other areas of the classroom.

Mathematics- The central purpose of the Math materials in the early years is to lay the foundation for later cognitive development and to prepare for the gradual transition to abstract thinking. Montessori students use hands-on learning with concrete materials that make abstract concepts clear and concrete.

Sensorial- Dr. Montessori saw the senses as the "doorway to the mind." She considered sensory and manipulation not only an aid to the development of maturing sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin) but a starting point for the intellectual growth.

Language- The language area contains a large variety of reading readiness materials, including materials for phonetic analysis, reading, as well as materials for the refinement of motor control for writing. The child begins by exploring the sounds that compose words and by relating them to the letters of the alphabet. He can soon produce words and sentences. Simultaneously, he trains his hand to become precise for the writing movements. Reading is prepared indirectly from writing. Reading skills normally develop so smoothly in Montessori classrooms that students tend to exhibit a sudden "reading explosion" which leave the children and their families beaming with pride.

Science, Geography, Culture and Arts- The Science curriculum includes a sound introduction to botany, zoology, chemistry, physics, geology and astronomy. The Montessori approach to science cultivates children's fascination with the universe. History and Geography are introduced as early as age three. The youngest students work with specifically designed maps and begin to learn the names of the world's continents and countries. Through cultural experiences within the classroom, they learn to appreciate diversity among friends. Music, Art and Movement offer children ways to express themselves, their feelings, experiences and ideas.