Kindergarten / First
In Montessori education, we believe that learning to read, write, and work with numerical concepts is best accomplished one on one or in small groups. Our excellent student/teacher ratio of 13:1 allows each child to have an individual educational program, to work at his own pace, and to have plenty of teacher time. This works for young children as they master their fundamental skills. Strong reading ability, good handwriting, and facility with mathematics are absolutely necessary for a child's future success throughout their educational life.
Another important aspect of our kindergarten is the integrated cultural subjects we enjoy throughout the year. By blending physical and cultural geography, history, zoology, botany, science, art and music throughout the children's week, we are able to focus on many aspects of a chosen area of study.
Our curriculum plan follows the Montessori method of elementary education, high academic standards, development of artistic and creative talents and stresses an individual education program similar to the local GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) classes. The program encourages the development of concentration, self-esteem, research skills, curiosity, self-direction, active rather than passive learning and social and emotional development. Montessori education encourages cooperative rather than competitive learning.
Each class follows a weekly schedule for each of two terms during the year. During half the school day the children focus on core subjects: reading, writing, language arts, math, geometry, spelling, grammar, penmanship and critical thinking skills. During the other half of the day, they will focus on the cultural and artistic curriculum, encouraging curiosity about the world and artistic expression. The Integrated Studies include cultural and physical geography, history, physical science, zoology, botany, environmental studies, computers, music, Spanish, drama, art and physical education. These cultural classes are typically taught as group lessons by either a cultural subject specialist or by their teacher. Generally, the cultural groups consist of 8-10 students. Our facility contains a library, a computer lab, an art room, a teaching kitchen, a science lab and a theater/dance studio in addition to our eight classrooms.