Curriculum: Early Childhood

Montessori for Students 3 years old through Kindergarten

In this three-year program, Early Childhood students learn in a multi-age setting. Their environment is filled with beautiful materials designed to engage young learners.

These Montessori materials ease students into beginning reading and mathematics. Practical life, sensorial and pre-writing skills are developed. Students are also introduced to cultural studies, a foreign language, science, music, MakerSpace, art, physical education and beginning library skills. Students learn individually and in small groups. Students also learn the process of peaceful conflict resolution and are introduced to mindfulness.

Practical Life

  • Concentration - Exercises in practical life are where many new students first learn to apply their concentration skills for extended periods of time while they accomplish tasks reminiscent of things you might do in the home: sweeping, pouring, folding, polishing, washing, clothespinning, etc.
  • Coordination - Children gradually increase their hand/eye coordination by engaging in these activities of daily living. 
  • Order - Children also develop a stronger sense of order by following a deliberate series of steps when completing a Practical Life work. In addition to carrying out the task in a careful sequence of steps, they also know to move from left to right and top to bottom, internalizing the orientation for reading, writing, and math they will need later. They also learn to keep the materials in order by tidying them up before returning them to the shelf so they are ready for the next friend. 
  • Independence - Practical Life is the area of the classroom where students develop vital independent work skills that can then transfer to the more academic areas of the classroom. But the foundation must be laid here, first.

Sensorial

  • Montessori observed that fine tuning one's senses translated into a keener interpretation of the world around us. If we want to see things more clearly, sharpen our eyesight. If we want to hear things more perceptibly, dial in our hearing. If we want to have better observation skills, dial in our visual discrimination skills. The list goes on but the premise is the same. In order to become more astute humans, we had to invest the time into sharpening our senses. The sensorial area has a complete repertoire of materials that are rotated throughout the year to ensure the full gamut of sensory experiences is addressed.

Math

  • The Montessori math curriculum is sequenced from the concrete to the abstract so that learning begins with materials children can see and hold and feel in order to understand quantity and progresses to abstract concepts children can solve independently. The Montessori Math curriculum teaches numeric concepts visually first so students can later reference the form when they recall math facts from rote memory. 

Language

  • Montessori language starts with Soundpaper letters children trace using the stereognostic sense where they see, feel, trace, and say the sound the letter makes so they more readily make the association between letter formation and its corresponding sound. The language area is filled with print rich materials to scaffold reading acquisition from three letter words to sentence reading. 

Science

  • The science curriculum is based on a three-year cycle: Physical, Life, Earth
  • Hands on materials bring science lessons to life to inspire a genuine interest and love of our natural world. 

Cultural Studies

  • Children study continents, countries, oceans, and cultures around the globe to gain a deep respect and appreciation for others. 

MakerSpace

  • MakerSpace focuses on building creativity through open-ended inquiry, design thinking, and engineering activities. 
  • MakerSpace builds critical thinking skills through Brain Games, electric circuitry, coding, robotics, a Lego Lab, and more!
  • Students have guided instruction once per week and monthly Open Labs.

Art

  • Instruction in different media is offered and available on a daily basis.
  • Art activities are integrated in the classroom curriculum as an extension of learning.
  • Visiting guest artists regularly teach special classes on their craft.

Foreign Language

  • Introduction to Mandarin writing, vocabulary building and simple conversation is offered with supporting materials available to students on a daily basis.

Library

  • Story time and beginning library science lessons are offered by the librarian once a week.
  • Shelf-work relating to the story will be available throughout the week.

Orff Music

  • Instruction includes movement to music, matching pitch, rhythm exercises, note reading, singing and identifying orchestral families.
  • Music group is presented on a weekly basis.