Our ECE/Kindergarten classrooms operate within a Montessori model.
The Montessori philosophy promotes student independence and values each child as the center of his/her learning. We maintain a balance of allowing students independence and choice in their learning while encouraging them towards engaging in directed academic activities.
The prepared Montessori environment consists of five main areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language and Sciences. The environment is designed to urge the children to be independent and incorporate movement into their learning. The materials in each area are neatly organized on shelves moving from left to right, top to bottom from easiest to most difficult. The children are free to choose developmentally appropriate hands-on works which match their abilities and interests during the Montessori work block.
The role of a Montessori teacher is to connect the children to the materials and to gradually remove his/her self from the children’s learning. The teacher and paraprofessionals facilitate each child’s learning by individually delivering instruction, making it highly differentiated, and continually recording careful observations of the students’ progress. Accurate and ongoing recording of progress is what directs the teacher to give specific lessons that are interesting and challenging. Each ECE/K teacher must be or become certified from an accredited Montessori training center.
Our Montessori classrooms are multi-age, serving students ages three through six in ECE and kindergarten. Our program for three-year-olds is half-day in the morning for three hours. Four-year-olds and Kindergarten students stay all day.
We support students in the transition from the ECE/K Montessori program into the non-Montessori first through fifth grade program, in the following ways:
- Consistency through the dual-language model
- Thematic curricular units
- Particular instructional strategies across grade levels
- Balancing student choice and direction from teachers
- Continuation of assessment tools and practices