Circle Time ( Beginning of Day )
- Attendance – Children identify their name via name card and sing a good morning or good afternoon song.
- Calendar – Children review days of the week and months of the year. They count the days of the month.
- Weather – Children peek out window to check weather conditions and place the appropriate pictures in our weather display.
- Theme – Integrates Math, Language, Geography, and Science. Themes may include holidays, people/animals of the seven continents, dinosaurs, food groups, seasons, community helpers, spiders, insects, Native Americans, and much more.
Based on their level of readiness/development children are given lessons individually or in small groups. After they have received a lesson they may explore the material on their own. These hands-on activities encompass learning experiences in the following areas:
- Practical Life – Care of self (hand washing, dressing frames, cloth scrubbing), Care of environment (polishing, flower arranging, plant washing, sweeping, mopping, folding cloths, chair scrubbing, table scrubbing), Control of movement (hand transfer, scooping, spooning, wet pouring, dry pouring, lock and key, opening jars, sewing), Food preparation (measuring, carrot washing, apple coring, banana slicing, fruit squeezing, carrot grating), Grace and courtesy (greetings, blowing nose, walking around mat, peace rose).
- Sensorial Activities – Activities which refine the child’s sensory perceptions, foster visual and auditory discrimination, and strengthen powers of observation.
- Manipulative Activities – Perceptual / fine motor activities including puzzles, pattern / parquetry blocks, pegboard, etc.
- Language / Writing – Activities range from pre-language skills (classifying, sequencing, matching, rhyming) to language development (learning sounds and shape of letters, identifying beginning and ending sounds of words, learning phonetic words), and writing activities (metal insets). Our Guided Reading program prepares students for transition to most of the local school districts.
- Math – Children are introduced to numbers through a variety of exercises. They work with our base ten number system, and explore all math operations (addition, multiplication, subtraction, division). Montessori Math is a great segue to Singapore Math, which is fast becoming the preferred method for math instruction in neighboring school districts.
- Science & Geography – Incorporated into weekly theme and actual class experiments (such as growing plants & watching life cycle of real butterfly). Activities include identifying parts of our body, plants, insects, etc. Other activities include puzzles of the U.S.A. & continents, animal / continent matching, land / water forms, etc.
- Culture – Children explore different cultures, and geography, conduct experiments, and witness life cycles (butterflies, frogs, apples, pumpkins).
Art Activities ( Fine Motor )
Formal art education includes drawing, cutting, pasting, painting, and study of the famous artists.
Songs & Fingerplays
Physical Movement Activities ( Gross Motor / Perceptual )
Outside play time weather permitting. Indoor playtime in inclement weather.
Circle Time (End of Day)
Story & Songs
Guessing Game (Phonics / Sound Game)