KEYS TO THE WORLD
“Children’s House” is the Montessori term for the 3-6 year old classroom because the carefully prepared environment for these children includes much more than just class work. It is, in fact, a small version of the world, scaled down to the child’s age and ability level. Work in the Children’s House includes everything from nose-blowing lessons to multiplication…buttoning to the meaning of the word “verb”.
The Children’s House is full of scientifically thought-out and hands-on materials made especially for each curriculum area. The head teacher carefully and thoughtfully gives the children lessons and guides them in the use of the materials. He or she also models exceptional behavior and guides the children throughout their school day. But the children don’t just learn what’s in the lessons. They are encouraged to explore subjects widely, pursuing work deeply in the areas that catch their interest.
Parents have the option of packing a lunch for their child, or purchasing daily hot lunches. Lunch is served family-style. Children take turns setting the tables, serving others, and cleaning up. Hot lunches are provided by Yummy In My Tummy.
Yummy In My Tummy provides MMA with fresh (never frozen) hot meals, that are eco-friendly, toxin-free, and composed of environmentally sustainable USDA-certified organic ingredients.
The food is either roasted, baked or simmered to prevent any loss of naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals in the cooking process. The food arrives in BPA-free, phthalate-free, BHT-free, and BHA-free containers.
Foreign language classes serve to expose children to other cultures. Spanish is taught from Toddler House through Upper Elementary.
INDIVIDUAL PIANO INSTRUCTION
Children ages 4 and up have the option of signing up for individual piano instruction. Lessons are 20-minutes long, two times per week. Piano students participate in several recitals throughout the year; some given for parents and some for other student groups within the school community.
We offer a variety of enrichment activities in our After School Program including Arts and Crafts, Dance, Zumba, Mind Lab, Cooking, Phonics and Language, Tae Kwon Do, Team Sports, Gardening, Music and Movement, Puzzles and Board Games, Readers Theater, and Computers. The group of activities offered changes each semester which encourages our students to explore new disciplines.
Each afternoon begins with a healthy snack and outdoor playtime if the weather permits. Children participate in their scheduled enrichment activity from 4:00 - 5:00 pm each day.
About our teachers
All of our head teachers have obtained their Montessori certification as well as a BA in Education. All of our classroom assistants either have or are working towards one or both of these credentials.
Practical Life lays the foundation for all other work in the classroom. The activities are everyday tasks that a child needs to learn to master the care of self and the care of his/her environment. The activities are presented to the child in such a way that concentration, coordination, independence and order are developed.
The goal of this curriculum area is to educate the senses. The materials of this section are modeled on scientifically-based concepts, such as metric system dimensions and algebraic formulas. Sensory experience with these materials are the child’s first step toward understanding the abstract concepts they represent.
Mathematics in the Children’s House consists of: counting, the decimal system, rational numbers (fractions), and the operations of addition, multiplication, subtraction and division. Concepts are presented in a concrete way so that children of 3-6 years easily master counting, skip counting, square numbers and numbers in the thousands.
Once the child has a firm foundation in addition, multiplication, subtraction and division, more advanced concepts are introduced.
The Montessori language curriculum is an integrated approach that combines phonetics and whole language. The child is first introduced to letters and sounds. After several sounds are mastered, the child can begin to encode (spell) and decode (read) words by linking these sounds together. Words that do not follow the patterns or rules of the English language are presented as “puzzle” words. Once these language skills are mastered, the child can use them to enhance his/her studies in other areas. He/she can read to research science, geography and history. He/she can write reports, sharing learning with his/her peers.
A child 3 to 6 years old is concerned with absorbing the real world around him/her. The science materials present aspects of this world in such a way that the child can observe, experiment, demonstrate and record what he/she has learned. The focus is for the child to learn to be a scientist: objective, organized, able to perform tasks in a predetermined order, and record the results. He/she learns to classify, label and differentiate. Science is a hands-on activity that includes biology, botany, zoology, and physical science.
Culture Studies looks at a region’s geography, history, music, art, etc. Children study different areas of the world, and experience concrete examples of that area’s language, literature, dress, food, artwork and music; past and present. This introduces the child to our planet’s great diversity of people and helps him/her understand his/her place in the world.