Academics and Beyond
Montessori education is fundamentally different from traditional schools in that we believe, and base all of our decisions and actions on the belief, that children are natural learners.
“An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking; it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they live.” – Dr. Maria Montessori
We work to create a learning environment that keeps the flame of curiosity alive and to recognize the tremendous potential that every child possesses. Life skills, such as leadership, initiative, self-discipline, persistence, resiliency, communication, and confidence are part of EVERY lesson we offer. Day in and day out, each child is living in a learning community, using, honing, developing, and controlling skills that will empower them for the rest of their lives.
“Montessori material is the key: it is the child who opens the door. The materials do not give all the answers, but awaken interest and give the possibility of finding solutions.”
(Ages 6 to 9)
One does not receive an education; one achieves an education! It is not enough to fill young minds with endless facts and concepts. Montessori education requires that each student be an active, curious, participant in this process of education. We achieve this goal by making learning meaningful and personal. In the early grades, our primary goal is to inspire and awe the students. We do this with stories of how the universe began and how human history has evolved through the ages with all people, from all cultures, sharing common needs and goals.
(Ages 9 to 12)
As children mature, so do their learning styles. Older students utilize the power of interest to motivate deep learning in history, math, language, science, and the arts. Children are involved in intriguing research projects, both individually and collaboratively. Literature circles and Writer’s Workshop add a social aspect to important lessons, and children of this age truly enjoy one another’s company while building tremendous teamwork skills. The program focuses on critical thinking, problem-solving and cooperative learning skills through individual and small group instruction. Materials and presentations are designed to stimulate the imagination while developing the mastery of essential learning skills.
The interdisciplinary curriculum integrates subjects into a unified program of study and includes:
Our history curriculum strives to empower children through the study of human accomplishment. The focus is centered on culture, government, the arts, invention, medicine, economics, and modern progress. The students gain a deep respect for all life and the balances in nature that will support life for generations to come.
A Montessori science curriculum encompasses Botany, Zoology, History of the Universe, Earth Science, Chemistry and Physics. The basic tenet behind our approach to the sciences is to present the students with real examples before delving into concepts and facts.
The geography curriculum is separated into two fields of study- physical and political geography. Through physical geography, we discuss the formation of the universe, the creation of the earth, and all its physical properties. In political geography, we study human society, the needs of people and thereby bridging the past with the present which enlarges our global community. Our goal is to create citizens of the world.
The Montessori math materials clearly illustrate the otherwise abstract concepts behind the science math. Our goal is to enable children to become comfortable manipulating numbers. This broad understanding of how and why math formulas work takes the fear out of math and sets the stage for more advanced calculations.
Maria Montessori believed that our use of language is what separates us from all other species. This ability for language is what allows us to express ourselves both orally and through the written word. Our phonics-based program provides our students with the skills to become fluent readers. Through our language curriculum students use concrete representations rather than traditional grammar lessons. This enriches their knowledge of the function of words and their love of reading. As they progress, the students use their skills in research projects, creative writing work, and throughout the curriculum.
The Spanish curriculum emphases speaking skills with the use of integrated Montessori materials. The program builds upon this foundation through writing assignments during weekly lessons and applying their skill by corresponding with pen-pals from other countries.
Our program nurtures an appreciation and understanding of art/music. In each study of the arts, there are two classes per week; one on theory and one in which the students are expressing their artistic and musical creativity.
Technology is integrated throughout our curriculum. A basic understanding of the computer is developed as students use the internet to problem-solve and research information. In computer class, they are taught specific skills to use in word processing, programming, and movie making. Additionally, students are encouraged to use technology throughout their studies including at home and in school projects. It is our belief that the computer should be treated as an integral tool for learning.
The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program exposes children to a broad spectrum of scientific concepts and mathematics while using technology, engineering, and the arts. This continues to stimulate a child’s natural sense of wonder and to become pioneer thinkers. With the use of hands-on materials within our Innovation Station the children explore, invent, and problem solves from an enriched environment. Our curriculum exposes the students to coding, robotics, and prepares students for modern technological advances.
In our outdoor garden, our elementary community develops a familiarity and appreciation of nature, while fostering a stewardship ethic for the environment. This peaceful environment offers space and time for reading, writing and reflection. We further harmonize with nature through gardening. From seed to table the students see their curriculum come to life!
This curriculum has an emphasis on movement education, spatial awareness, and balance through cooperative games, rhythm, gymnastics, and physical fitness.
Through the Great Lessons, the children gain an appreciation for the contributions of past generations in all that has been handed down to them in literature, math, the arts, science, and history. The children come to understand that the subjects they study in school are living bodies of knowledge, created by earlier people. They come to realize that they too will someday contribute their own skills and talents to this ongoing saga of human endeavor.
• The Story of the Universe
• The Coming of Life
• The Coming of Humans
• The Story of Language
• The Story of Mathematics
An Apple education prepares your child for success in and outside of the classroom.