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Nanuq Montessori

18607 Whirlaway Rd.
Eagle River, AK 99577

(907) 242-3744

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Teach reading through phonetics
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Introduce numbers 1-100 then once mastered by child, introduce decimal system
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Maps
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

The Montessori "teaching approach" is lead by each child individually. It is my duty as their teacher to acknowledge each child's interests and "sensitive periods" and teach them accordingly.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Dr. Maria Montessori found two childhood traits that were present in all children: �??sensitive periods�??, and �??the absorbent mind�??.
For short, sensitive periods are those points in time when skills and concepts are learned easier than at any other time in a child�??s life. Although specific periods differ between individual children, generally in children under six, we see the following sensitive periods: order, movement, fascination with small objects, grace and courtesy, refinement of the senses, writing, reading, language, spatial relationships, music and mathematics.
The other childhood trait has been termed �??the absorbent mind�?? by Dr. Montessori because it describes the plane of development in which information and impressions from the environment are literally �??absorbed�?? by the mind of the child. This is done unconsciously, and only in the first six years of life. The sensitive periods are part of this absorbent mind. It then follows that an environment permitting the child to take advantage of the absorbent mind gives the child the tools from which his personality is formed.
Nanuq Montessori tries to take advantage of these sensitive periods that children go through and so we provide hands on learning and child centered activites. Activities include preparation for Kindergarden, music, gross motor skills and development, art, sewing, mathematics, language arts and science.

A Typical Day

Children arrive and say goodbye to parents at the door. After arriving each child is encouraged to take off his or her own coat and shoes and put on their in-door shoes or slippers. They are now ready to find an activity.

Children choose activities �??work�?? depending on what interests them. Areas of the classroom include: Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, Puzzles, Art, Library, Geography and Botany. During this time, I will work with each child individually or with groups.
Snack time is any time during �??work�?? time when the child feels hungry. A designated area where snack will be set up will always be available to the children. This is a time when the child can practice their practical life skills such as care of self -washing hands, cleaning up and grace and courtesy where the children will need to practice manners and eating etiquette.

Outdoor time is a great time to get some fresh air, play games, explore, garden, develop large motor skills and refine body movement. Many teachable moments happen outside and we enjoy them even in the rain and snow!

Group/story time is an opportunity to share stories, celebrate birthdays, and do science experiments, play games, sing and anything else that may arise.

Home-time. Children will be ready to go at circle time.