Nurturing respect for self, others and the environment ... through academic excellence, global perspective, and environmental awareness
Early Childhood Program
Pre-elementary (Preschool and Kindergarten)
Ages 2.5 to 3 up to age 6: The Age of the Absorbent Mind
- Student Teacher Ratio is 10:1
- Class Size of 20 Students with two Teachers
- All programs are 5-Days/Week
- Morning, Afternoon and Full Day Options Availalbe
The Whole Earth curriculum consists of the traditional Montessori materials and activities within the areas of 1) Practical Life, 2) Sensorial, 3) Math, 4) Language, and 5) Cosmic Education. Cosmic education includes study of everything in the cosmos: stars, galaxies, the solar system, Earth, continents, people, plants, and animals. The purpose of the cosmic curriculum is to increase the child's awareness of the total environment he lives, his place in it, and the people, plants, and animals who share it with him. The materials, activities, and discussions nurture the natural curiosity children possess regarding the world around them and introduce the idea that all things are connected.
|Practical Life:||The materials in Practical Life, or exercises in daily living, are designed to develop independence, thus self-esteem, concentration and attention span, hand-eye coordination and fine motor control.|
|Sensorial:||Materials in the sensorial area are designed to develop and refine the senses allowing the child to be more acutely aware of the world in which he/she lives. These materials also develop the child's sense of order and indirectly introduce geometry and mathematics.|
|Math:||The math materials provide the child with a concrete representation of abstract math concepts. This "hands on" experience forms a foundation of understanding for later work in math.|
|Language:||Materials and activities in this area develop in the child a love for language and the skills necessary for communication. The entire environment is a rich source for oral language development and offers reading and writing in a variety of content areas.|
|Cosmic:||Materials and activities in the cosmic areas are designed to increase the child's awareness of the total environment in which he lives, his place in it, and the people, plants, and animals that share it with him/ her. These materials and activities and the discussions associated with them nurture the natural curiosity children possess regarding the world around them.|
*Opportunity for creative expression is inherent in many of the classroom materials and activities. Children are introduced to a variety of music, movement forms, and art medium as well as exploring human emotions and feelings.