Class Overview

 
 
Toddler Class
  • Ages 15 months – 3 years
  • Children must be able to walk without assistance
Primary Class
  • Ages 3 years – 6 years
  • 2 teachers with 22-30 students
  • Children must be toilet trained

A Typical Montessori Day

Children come into the school, walk to their classrooms alongside their parent and ring the bell outside the classroom door.  They greet the teachers, place their lunches in the refrigerator, hang up their coats and begin their day. They move about the classroom from work to work, sitting at a table or unrolling a small rug for work on the floor, talking or working with a friend or choosing to work alone, sitting back to observe as they wish.

Each child manipulates materials of interest to him/her, receives lessons from the teacher on new material, shares snack with a friend, and so forth. The materials in the classroom are grouped into the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, Art, and Cultural. At 9am, the children gather in a circle to discuss their day, take attendance, share news, sing songs, and go over classroom details. The work time continues until 11am.

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After outside play, the program continues with lunch, followed by a rest time and another work period. The Extended Day Program begins at 4pm, at which time the Toddler classrooms combine with one another and the Primary classrooms combine with one another.  All the children have a choice to explore a certain art activity, collaborate on a session of storytelling, or delve into a science experiment. Individual pursuits also continue at a pace established by each child for herself working with more traditional toys.

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