"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
"The greatest sign of success for a teacher...is to be able to say, 'The Children are now working as if I did not exist.'"
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lightning of a fire."
Founded over 100 years ago by Maria Montessori, the Montessori method is a self-derived, independent, instructional education. This process allows an individual to utilize their own areas of interest to learn. Therefore, makes the acquisition of knowledge and skill more efficient, effective, and appealing. There are several areas of focus for each Children's House. They are: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Geography, Art, Music, Mathematics, Science, and Free Play. Our curriculum also includes Spanish and after school Piano Lessons (added fee for piano lessons).
Through the use of practical household items; children learn to build their attention-span and develop independency. Sensorial lessons provide the children with a true sensory experience by allowing exploration with use of hands on materials.The Art curriculum strategically shows children art techniques to help them create their own masterpieces. A variety of art elements are introduced in addition to the study of various artists. Music appreciation is a central focus of our music curriculum. Younger students learn to properly use their voice, create music with real instruments, learn rhythm techniques, and also perform a musical program for parents. Older students explore many music genres, learn note reading, share musical performances, and also learn to play more advanced instruments.
Children's House: Each core area provides a hands-on learning style through the manipulation of Montessori materials. Lessons are geared towards the individual child's academic level. Click on the following link for a more in depth explanation of the Montessori Method: Montessori Theory
Elementary Class: Our elementary class encompasses both the Montessori Method as well as a rigorous advanced curriculum. The environment allows for a hands on introduction of new concepts and reinforces these concepts through use of several Christian curriculums, they include: A beka for Language, Composition, Geography, and Science, Hand Writing Without Tears, and Saxon Math.
Spanish class incorporated into the second half of our school year. In the Children's House they learn vocabulary, songs and greetings. In the Elementary class they learn advanced vocabulary and how to carry on brief conversations with peers.
Free Play is incorporated into both classrooms during the mid-day. This allows age appropriate play interaction and organized activity interaction options.
Piano Lessons are offered on Tuesday afternoon after school by Emily (Lilly) Rose Bowersox, a professional pianist.
Our before and after school program is designed for those parents that work. We open at 7:00 am and offer a free time option. Children can choose from various activities such as games, puzzles, various manipulatives, partnering with friends or playing alone. Free drawing and coloring is also available.
Our afterschool program begins after the school day and runs until 5:45 pm. We offer a wide range of activities for our afterschool students. Outside play and organized games are staff lead, as well as inside craft and group activities. Free play and snacks are also offered.
For those younger friends that need a little more help with toilet training we are here to assist. Children must be in the process of toilet training and in pull-ups for this program. We also offer nap time for those little one's that still need daily rest.