Cultural Enrichment is available through various media. The works of the art and music masters (i.e. Mary Cassat, Picaso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert) are part of our daily curriculum. Singing, dancing, listening to and participating in music are daily activities. Two music specialists teach music appreciation weekly. History is taught through holidays using discussions, stories, songs and art projects.
The five part curriculum is an interdisciplinary approach to learning which supports the development of independence, physical coordination, self-discipline, and concentration while developing the whole child academically, socially, and culturally.
Practical Life activities are a link to the child’s home environment. They develop hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills. Practical Life skills are the foundation of the Montessori curriculum and include activities such as sewing, pouring, tweezing, and cutting.
Sensorial activities enhance the five senses. Through the use of special materials, the child gains a heightened awareness of classifying. The activities also teach and clarify language, by learning such concepts as, long and short, rough and smooth, loud and soft, which forms a bridge from understanding concrete information to understanding abstract information. As an example, this type of learning is a precursor to learning geometry.
Mathematics is taught by the use of manipulatives. The child learns numerals, quantity, concepts of addition, the decimal system, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The materials are sequenced and designed to allow the child to discover and “figure out” information.
Language awareness begins with songs, poems, stories, rhyming words and sequencing. The child learns phonics, reading, and grammar. We also have a Montessori trained French specialist on staff.
Science allows the child to learn about the universe and cultures through geography, botany, and zoology. We take advantage of our seasonal wetland and marked nature trail. We have a three year rotating science curriculum that focuses on water, air, and land.