The Children's House is our classroom for 3-6 year-olds (preschool to kindergarten). Maria Montessori called early childhood a "period of absorbancy". The children are provided with a unique cycle of learning designed to take advantage of this sensitive period when information can be absorbed from a rich environment.
The materials in our classroom support the Montessori curriculum areas of practical life, sensorial, language and math. We also have geography and culture, music, science and art as regular features of the classroom. The Montessori classroom is grounded in a curriculum of peace. The environment, actions and interactions between members of the classroom community, and the atmosphere of the school speak to the child of the importance of living in peace and harmony with each other and nature.
Practical Life +
Practical life offers the child simple and precise tasks that the child has already observed in the home. The purpose of these activities is to assist in inner construction of discipline, organization, independence, left to right correspondence, and concentration. Everyday tasks such as pouring, scooping, transferring, washing or polishing, to name a few, are designed to improve a child's concentration, coordination and attention to detail. Some of the activities may also help fine motor coordination. The Practical Life materials are arranged in an ordered sequence. Care of the self, plants, and animals are also included. Lessons in grace and courtesy top off the impressive list of accomplishments in the Practical Life, or Everyday Living area.
The purposes of the Sensorial Materials are to assist the child in descrimination abilities. The roots of math and science abide here. Organization, classification, comparison, and contrasts are all here with specific and isolating materials for the sensory impressions of color, size, texture, smells, sounds, shapes, weight, and form, to name a few. Again, the materials invite the child to explore and discover what they have already been exposed to in their environment and perhaps, see it in a new way, with new vocabulary and experience.
Through manipulation of concrete materials, children will gain a strong understanding of our number system. First we present numerical quantity, then numeration, and finally association of quantity and symbol. Many specific exercises assist the children in the move toward abstraction but not without first experiencing it in the concrete. Dr. Montessori demonstrated that if children have access to mathematical equipment in their early years, they can easily and joyfully assimilate many facts and skills of arithmetic.
Language and Writing +
Writing may precede reading in a Montessori classroom. The young child develops a lightness of touch as well as learns associated sound/symbol relationships of our language with the sandpaper letters. Metal insets for shape tracing give the child plenty of pencil and paper experience without the necessary stress of producing the written word. Pin punch work as well as map tracing give the child's hand quite a workout. The moveable alphabet becomes an invaluable tool once the child can master even a handful of sounds to build 3-letter phonetic words as a bridge to beginning reading.
Geography and Culture +
Our environment is impressively enhanced by the study of the universe, our world, and our place in the world. The many people, places, animals, and climates of the world are studied through maps, globes, flags, languages and habits. Children learn about many different culture lifestyles, traditions, foods, and celebrations. The seeds of tolerance and acceptance are sown here.
The wonders of the natural world are explored in science. The story begins with the difference between Living/Non-living and extends to Plants/Animals, Vertebrates/Invertebrates and finally culminates with the five classes of Vertebrates, Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals. Included in the studies are observations, experiments, and care and appreciation of the world we share with other forms of life.
Art and Music +
Art and music are daily on-going choices and events in the classroom, with an easel being ever-present available for expressions and singing at circle time a daily event. Rest assured art choices are available in the classroom on a daily basis. It's reported without fail every year when the children begin singing school songs in the home. We find it especially endearing to hear them sing as they work!
The Country Village Montessori School Elementary experience begins as the child moves into the second plane of development starting around age six. The elementary years are commonly referred to as the ages between 6 – 12 and 1st through 6th grades. This is a time of profound cognitive shifts. Though a relatively stable period of development, it is a time where foundations of higher order thinking and learning take place, root, and grow. Many have called this stage of development as the age of reason. The hallmark of the second stage is the development and use of Imagination. Questions of Why? Where? How? and to what Purpose? begin to enter their thinking and replace the “what’s that?” questions of the first stage of development. It is also a time from moving from concrete to abstract and to start to develop a deep sense of morality and justice.
Because they are dealing with large concepts, repetition occurs with in a three-year cycle as a way to elaborate and amplify the concepts which take on deeper meaning and learning each year. Following then, are the key elements of the oft-referred to “Cosmic Curriculum” of the Elementary years.
- Concept of Time
- Personal timelines
- Creation Story
- History of our Solar System
- Timeline of Life
- Clock of Eons
- Timeline of Human Beings
- Fundamental Needs of Human Beings
- Ancient Civilization Studies
- The Migration of Humans
- US History
- State Studies
- Creation Story
- Physical Geography
- Land Forms
- Advanced Land Forms
- Political Geography
- Economic Geography
- Country Studies
- Sun and Earth
- Composition of the Earth
- Planetary Studies
- Work of Air
- Work of Water
- Earth Sciences
- Jr. Great book Discussion
- Short Vowels
- Long Vowel Sounds
- Syllable types
- Sight Words
- Pencil Grip
- Short Stories
- Papers: How-To, Comparison and Contrast, Informative, Descriptive, Persuasive, Cause and Effect, Research
- Six Traits of Good Writing: Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions
- Oral Expression (opportunities for public speaking include Peacemaker Project, Poetry Café, Presenting a Personal Project, Author’s Circle, Jr. Great Books, and Newsday Tuesday)
- Trees, Roots, Leaves
- Classification of Plants and Animals
- Animal Studies/Plant Studies
- Who Am I?
- External Parts
- Vital Functions
- The 5 Kingdoms: Prokaryote, Protoctista, Plants, Animal, Fungi
- Advanced Classification
- The Study of Cells
- The Great River – A Study of the Major Systems of the Human Body
Math And Geometry +
- Concept of zero as a place holder
- Association of quantities of 1 – 1,000,000
- Four Operations -- Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division; process and nomenclature, static and dynamic
- Multiples and Factors
- Memorization and move to abstraction
- Lines, Angles, and Plane Figures
- Decimals and percents – concepts
- Multiples and Factors LCP and GCF
- Exploration of polynomials: squares, cubes, roots
- Problem solving skills and strategies
- Calculating Areas and Volumes
- Coordinate Geometry
- Pythagorean Theorem
- Data collection and Graphing
- Positive and Negative Numbers
- Linear equations and word problems
Before & After School Care
Before and After School Care is available for all children enrolled at Country Village Montessori School. The program is headed by Ms. Irene, and children are exposed to lots of fun activities that continue their learning. Activities include using building block materials to create roller coasters, buildings, jets, and more; read aloud stories; and games like Chinese Checkers and Mancala, among other things.
Before & After Care Costs
Before Care: $135.00 per month per child (7:30am–8:30am)
After Care: $270.00 per month per child (3:00pm-6:00pm)
If you will be using Before or After Care infrequently or on as needed basis, the fee is $10.00 per hour.