Within a defined but flexible curriculum, the Montessori Teachers craft lessons that are accessible for children at different levels of development.
SENSE OF TRUST
The infant children need to be held and nurtured in order to develop a sense of trust with the work and those caring for them. We observe their natural schedules and allow them to eat when they are hungry, nap when they are tired and explore when they are ready while providing a loving and safe environment.
Adults speak softly, frequently and properly, read books, listen to rhymes and lullabies and make eye contact. This helps the child to acquire their native language and develop patterns in the brain which will be necessary in the future for reading and learning.
FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT
Movement is important in all Montessori environments. This is the period when infants learn to roll over, sit, scoot, crawl and walk. This is an emphasis on strengthening muscles and developing gross motor skills. Tools include mirrors position close to the floor to stimulate self-discovery, low bars mounted on the wall and soft furniture to pull themselves up. Children who are free to move and explore learn to pursue their own interests.
FROM THE HEAD TO THE BRAIN
Maria Montessori demonstrated that when infants hold things when their hands, the information transmitted to their brains sets in motion a whole series of coordinated events. This learning process is deeply satisfying for the infant. Objects correlate with the infant’s sensitive periods and these objects enable the infant’s concentration and hand-eye coordination, supporting repeated and sustained exploration.
This is our toddler program beginning from 15 months to 3 years. This is the time we aid children in developing focus and sustained attention. Teaching them completion of work – to begin a task and completing it and making them independent is very important.
A lot of emphasis is given on hand eye coordination, motor skills, and control of the body. Potty training is an important part of the toddler program. Music, Spanish, Mandarin, and Outdoor play/PE are part of the curriculum.
This is our Early Childhood stage – 3-6 years. Every child contains unique and boundless potential; the role of the teacher is to guide children and help them develop on their own terms. After a child is assessed [challenging points in the different areas], the teacher starts working. Teachers vary the pace of instruction in the basic skills, enabling each child to achieve both personal and academic success. In small groups, as part of whole class activities, and in one- to-one sessions with teachers, opportunities are provided to encourage children to become active and independent learners. Different areas – Language, Math, Cultural, Science, Sensorial, and Practical life are emphasized in the classroom. Music, Spanish, Mandarin, Outdoor play/PE, and Greenhouse are part of the curriculum.
Extracurricular activities are activities that students participate in that do not fall into the realm of normal curriculum of school. We emphasize a lot on extra-curricular activities. Different age groups have different programs. Music, Spanish, Yoga, Greenhouse, Art and Science are different areas that the children are exposed to and are included in the tuition. The whole idea of extra-curricular activities is to add to the enrichment of the daily curriculum. Ballet, Fitness, Mandarin and Soccer are afternoon extra-curricular activities. Great time for child to discover a new talent and a way for kids to be social in a more relaxed environment.
Our summer programs are held in the month of June & July. It is important for you to know the consistency is a factor that needs to be maintained for children. Therefore, a dosage of Montessori education is on our daily schedule. We have various camps which will help the children to work on their creativity. Some of the camps are: Geography, Cooking, Engineering for Kids, Greenhouse, Music, Chess, & Science and a lot more! You are welcome to enroll your children for a period of one month or for a period of two weeks.