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Our Montessori program is built on six "Pillars” which are designed to serve the needs of each child and their individual development. They are Practical Life, Sensorial, Science, Cultural Studies, Language, and MathThese pillars are interrelated throughout the classroom (that is, each pillar is woven into other areas to help reinforce concepts).

A unique specialty of our program is the Discovery Room where activities in SCIENCECULTURES, and ART (both experiential and appreciation) are available for our students to explore and discover.


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Through a wide variety of materials and activities, children learn how to care for themselves, the environment and each other. Grace and courtesy are primary objectives when completing tasks in this area. The children come to learn that they are a part of a society through kindness and caring of their environment and with whom they share the space.


They learn to master tasks such as pouring, stirring and scooping, using kitchen utensils, washing dishes, scrubbing, polishing, food preparation, and serving. Children also learn to take care of basic self-care needs: to dress themselves, tie their shoes, wash their hands.


Concentration, attention to detail, language and fine motor skills perfected in Practical Life helps prepare the child for more complex forms of learning as well as the demands of growing. 




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A hallmark of the Montessori Method is its focus on the senses. Dr. Montessori taught that perception through the senses precedes intellectual activity and that an appeal to the senses is the best way to fully engage the child in learning.


Hence, the Montessori Method utilizes specially designed materials that draw children to select them throughout the day and manipulate them. Certain materials are specifically designed to impart conceptual frameworks. Others allow the child to create artistic works that embody shape, form, color, line, and texture.


When it comes to creating art a child's mind focuses on the process and not the product. She/he works to develop their senses and thus, develops their ability to focus on a task. Expression comes naturally and freely with no regard for judgement.


In addition, a true Montessori classroom is recognizable by an array of standardized, aesthetically appealing objects made of natural materials such as rock, cloth, paper, and wood. Through touching and creating with these items the child develops an appreciation of beauty and of nature.


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With a foundation of respect for the dignity of all individuals and a high regard for new experiences, it is no surprise that a Montessori education puts major emphasis on diversity and cultural understanding.

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Children are born with a natural curiosity and inquisitiveness, beginning with their natural surroundings. As they learn about birds, animals, plants and other natural phenomena, they press for more and more details.


Our science curriculum takes place in the Discovery Room which builds on your child's wonder and offers activities that allow them to discover answers on their own.


From an early age, children are exposed to maps, stories and facts about various regions and peoples across the globe, presented in ways that pique their imagination and inspire them to explore the many facets of the world’s cultures.

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Both experiential art and art appreciation activities are found in this room. Art activities are also an integral part of completing tasks in any area of the main classrooms. 


Being exposed to the works and styles of the masters gives our students a broadness of imagination when creating their own pieces. 

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From the child’s earliest years, this curriculum incorporates everything from vocabulary development to reading and writing. Children begin by feeling and tracing letters cut from sandpaper and glued to a wooden board. They begin to construct words using a moveable alphabet, even before they can actually read them.


With the high degree of interactivity that happens in the classroom, and, often, exposure to older children with more advanced verbal skills, Montessori children generally develop excellent language abilities from an early age.

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From an early age, Montessori children begin to develop a solid understanding of math. Building on colors and shapes introduced in the sensorial component of learning to convey basic concepts like numbers, counting, squares, cubes, triangles and other math fundamentals, children are able to cross more seamlessly into the world of abstract concepts and theoretical understanding required by more advanced forms of mathematics and logic.

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