The large wood puzzle maps provide the basis for our study of geography in the preschool classroom. At first, the children use the maps simply as puzzles. Gradually, they learn the names of many of the countries as well as information about climate and products. The maps illustrate many geographical facts concretely. Children also learn the common land formations such as islands and peninsulas by making them.
The children gain an awareness of the world around them by exploring other countries, their customs, food, music, climate, language and animals. This helps to raise their consciousness about other people, to gain an understanding and tolerance and, therefore, compassion for all the people in the world.
As an introduction to the concept of history, the children begin by making a time line of their own lives, starting with their baby pictures.
Science and Nature
In science the children's natural curiosity is stimulated through discovery projects and experiments, helping the children draw their own conclusions. The plant and animal kingdoms are studied in an orderly fashion to foster a love and appreciation for all living things.
Arts and Crafts
Children explore various mediums and art concepts with an emphasis on fun and individual ideas. Involvement in a large variety of arts and crafts on a regular basis develops the children's aesthetic sense and creative talents.
Children plant, care for and harvest vegetables and flowers from early spring until fall in our bountiful outdoor gardens. Indoors, children learn to care for plants and see how they grow.
We offer Kindermusik and individual piano instruction. These rich programs dovetail nicely with the Montessori philosophy because they are child-centered, developmentally appropriate, and process (not performance) oriented.
The Kindermusik program is loaded with fun, music, movement, singing, instruments and more. It is a hands-on approach to foster a love of music while developing children's sense of rhythm and vocal control. Elementary children learn how to read, write and play simple melodies on the glockenspeil (dulcimer and recorder in the second year).
Starting at age 4, private piano lessons are given during class time by a Montessori trained Suzuki instructor. The piano lessons are fun, interactive and geared to each child's level.
P.E. is a fun, active exercise class that teaches cooperation and coordination through games, dance and music. The children use a wide variety of equipment while learning some of the basics of tumbling, ball sports, balance, rope games, group games and other movement and sports activities. Children also learn the parachute, hula-hoops, balloons, obstacle courses in an environment of productive teamwork and good sportsmanship.
Basic vocabulary, grammar and usage is taught in a child-friendly, playful way with games and music. Children strengthen their understanding and fluency through use of puppets, flash cards, movement...and a lot of fun!