"The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."
- Maria Montessori
The curriculum for preschool covers the five categories below:
Practical Life - In Practical Life, the children learn to become more independent and maintain a respect for themselves and the environment around them. Gardening and cooking form part of our practical life along with the joy of caring for reptiles, fish, and other animals.
Sensorial - In Sensorial, all the five senses are employed in learning to differentiate between colors, forms, textures, sounds, odors and tastes.
Language - The academic program in Language includes phonetically based materials for reading, writing, and oral articulation.
Math - In Math, tangible symbolic materials with built-in error control lead the child to abstractions.
Cultural Studies - The Cultural studies incorporate art, history, zoology, botany and geography. The children use puzzle maps to learn the seven continents and study cultural items from various countries. There are unit studies on the solar system, weather, seasons, the human body, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, time lines, and many other subjects.
Spacious classrooms are arranged with children of multi-ages. In this setting, the children learn from one another. The younger children are introduced to what they will be learning and instinctively 'look up' to the older children who love the responsibility of sharing their acquired knowledge.
For the preschool program, field trips are planned throughout the year and mirror the cultural activities introduced in the classrooms. We also have the children present their ancestry, traditions, and encourage parents to participate! Our annual International Festival is a unit study involving each classroom (including the toddler class) learning about a particular country chosen by the teacher. This turns into a memorable presentation of the country’s native dance, songs, and the children sharing their classrooms which they have transformed into ‘national exhibitions’. Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Art, and Music are within the curriculum itself. Extra curricular classes are also available and include:
All of these classes are offered to students 3 years and up.
A professionally trained and fully credentialed Montessori Head Teacher is accompanied by a full time Teacher’s Assistant. The Toddler and Pre-Primary offer a five full day program (8:30 – 3:00), and five half day program (8:30 – 12:00). Kindergarten is only a full day program. Extended childcare is also available from 7:30 – 6:00 at an additional cost. Lunch time is 11:30 – 12:00. Nap time is optional for Toddler and Pre-Primary classes. A snack is provided during the day and each classroom has a microwave.