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Montessori Academy's vision is that each student
will become an independent, confident, motivated learner, and a responsible community member as a result of the dynamic partnership between
students, parents, and teachers.
This partnership within the exceptional Montessori environment, while developing these characteristics, enables each student to become a life-long learner.
Ages 3-6 (Practical Life through Kindergarten Levels)
Montessori-trained teaching teams guide students.
Full and 1/2-day programs for pre-kindergarteners.
Full-day program for kindergarteners.
Primary School classrooms are calm, peaceful, and orderly. Teachers speak softly, teach ground rules in a positive, polite manner, and model the behavior they expect of the students. During work time, sequentially arranged material is presented individually, with no distracting conversations, so that the student can repeat the work correctly and be proud of doing it "just right." Repeating the exercise during the next few days builds the student's confidence and self-esteem.
Practical Life and Perceptual
This area is designed to teach the youngest children the skills needed for them to become independent and self directed. Activities teach personal care, order, concentration, focus, and develop gross and fine motor skills.
Sensorial materials refine the senses. They include auditory and tactile exercises and activities which demonstrate size gradation and order. These activities also strengthen fingers for writing.
Math activities teach small concepts separately and sequentially. Some examples are sandpaper numerals, spindle boxes, and exercises with beads and geometric shapes.
Phonics activities include tracing sandpaper letters, matching sounds with pictures, and movable alphabets.
Geography and Science
Maps, puzzles, and other activities develop general knowledge of the continents, plants, and animals.
The curriculum for Primary School also includes foreign language (Spanish), group times for story and music, and outside playtime. Kindergarten students experience their first field trips away from the school and participate in a special daily group time after lunch. For the 2013-2014 school year, the Kindergarten candidate must be five years of age by August 31st to enter Kindergarten. For the 2014-2015 school year and thereafter, the candidate must be 5 years of age by August 15th.