Children are encouraged to examine information critically, accepting only those concepts that are verified by direct experiences. Strong emphasis is placed on the development of the higher thinking skills of reasoning and creative problem solving. These are the skills that empower children to live in today's world.
Children in our classroom belong to a peer group that shares a love of learning and supports high educational values. Moving children through the curriculum at their on rate of learning promotes good classroom work habits among peers.
Our Directress has taken the Academic Content Standards of Michigan and aligned them to the Montessori curriculum. This ensures that the Kindergarten & Pre-primary students are presented with lessons that are on or above grade level.
At all the academic levels, students have more minutes of academic instruction than traditional academic programs. This allows students to focus on the tasks, maintain good work habits and continue a solid foundation for future academic skills.
The children begin the day with a morning group meeting. During this time they are welcomed with an overview of the day's announcements, assignments and activities, music and songs, calendar and weather. The focus of the morning class is to build and practice language arts and math skills. As children progress in their language arts skills, they will be placed in reading groups. Small group lessons in math take place while other children are working independently on journaling, handwriting and other learning activities. Special presentations and individual lessons are given. We help develop writing skills through our writing program.
In the afternoon, the focus shifts to more enrichment studies. There are Cultural study presentations in Science, Geography, Zoology, or Biology and specific follow-up activities. The full day length of Kindergarten and pre-primary allows students to establish and refine their academic skills in reading and comprehension, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics. Homework is introduced to the Kindergarten students as a way of reinforcing continuity between home and school while developing good study habits.