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Kidus Montessori Early Child

834 18th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

(206) 720-0523

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

Our Goal: For children to have a love and joy for learning. Our Christ-centered environment is a way of life through love, compassion and respect, while always considering the long-term welfare of your child?s physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and aesthetic development focusing on ?following the spirit of the child.? Kidus School is an extension of your home. It is structured as a laboratory where knowledge and experience may be sorted and classified to give more meaning to home, community, and the world because your child is in a continual state of growth and metamorphosis. We believe the tools they acquire during their participation at Kidus School will give the children a broad base of real life experiences. The manipulation of materials will aid in the task of self construction, enhancing the quality time you have with your child. We have faith and trust in your child?s innate ability and desire to learn. We are committed in partnership with you to help develop these natural qualities of your child: -personal relationship with God -love for others and self -appreciation for family -ability to solve problems -care of environment -self-discipline -respect for life -concentration -patience -responsibility -obedience -care of self -making choices -self-direction -caring and sharing -clarity -self-confidence -cooperation -creativity -self control -orderliness

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
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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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • 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 Christian Curriculum: Kidus Montessori School is committed to the development of the "whole" child: spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical. In helping the children to learn and grow, we employ our Christian view of Montessori education and Christian activities as an integrated part of our curriculum. We use activities and opportunities throughout the day to emphasize God?s love, acceptance, and concern for each child. We introduce Biblical principles through parables (attentiveness. truthfulness, orderliness, gratefulness, forgiveness etc.) We teach creation as stated in the Bible. In partnership with you, we want to assist your child in becoming the person God intended for him or her to be. We also give thanks to God for providing for our needs. Praise and worship is an integral and ongoing part of our day.

From the Director:

Our curriculum is based on Montessori all-round educational curriculum. The principles are: education is an aid to the natural development of the child. the child has an absorbent mind and is sensitive to language. the child's main task is to explore and manipulate the environment to build his inner qualities. the child needs a loving , safe, motivating and challenging environment. the adults in the environment are a link between the child and his environment. the child needs a structured environment where he gem all the experiences needed in a balanced way and an environment where he will be encouraged instead of frustrated, be able to build self-esteem instead of feeling unimportant. Sensorial Activities: Scientifically designed to develop, refine, classify and grade the stimulation. children receive through their senses. These activities have five areas Visual: color tablet, geometric shapes, . -etc. Hearing: sound box. bells, ..etc. Testing: testing tray, etc. Smelling: smelling bottles, ..etc. Touching & tactile senses: pink tower, broad stairs etc. Mathematics: All the activities in math are designed to develop the child' mathematic mind. Learning begins with the child's use of concrete material such as number rods spindle box. geometric shapes, fraction puzzles, and many hands on math games for number relationship, sorting, matching and place value. Language Arts: The activities are organized to develop the natural language development of the children. Throughout the day there is lots of story telling. Singing, music and self expression. The sounds of the alphabet are presented in phonics, reading and writing, all in a natural way. Vocabulary development is emphasized in all subjects. Most five year olds will attempt reading and writing on their own with little effort and much enjoyment. Children will be exposed to foreign language. Science: Children will conduct safe and fun experiments and learn to identify. classify and grade and record their findings through observation of plants, animals. Humans within the environment. Geography: Children are introduced to the globe -"the world they live on'- and learn the land and water form by floating miniature boats on a miniature lake. gulf, etc. Then they will proceed to play on a world map puzzle, etc. They will learn the different continents, countries and the USA. History: is introduced through their own (age) of time line and through the concept of time beginning with I minute, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, to 1 hour With a timer tied with a clock and their life time line one month. 3 months, 6 months and I year. etc. Social studies: is directly tied to their experience in geography and history and children and to their experience with different people of the world and their music, dance, language, and culture. Arts: Appreciation of different cultural art and craft work is provided. Children are exposed to different kinds of art Skills, i.e. painting, drawing , sewing, looming, collage, and printing. Music: Children appreciate culturally diverse music. Music is provided as part of the daily routine in the form of rhythm. instruments. dancing, singing, finger plays and a variety of Christian and classical music is played. Physical Education: The whole program is designed to nurture the large, small and the fine motor development. In all areas of the curriculum strength and coordination are developed. INDEPENDENCE: The foundation for all of learning at Kidus Montessori School is the child's independence. Our motto is "Whatever a child can do for himself, he should be allowed to do." Since children change and grow daily in their skills and knowledge, it is required of the adult to observe these changing needs and abilities. When examining a task, we break it down into the parts that the child can do for himself, and those that he cannot do. Allow him to perform the parts he can do (such as zipping his coat or putting on his shoes), while you do the parts he cannot do (such as starting the zipper, and tying his shoes.) EMPOWERING LANGUAGE: A key concept in Montessori education is respect of each child as an individual. Words, as well as actions, convey this respect. Our teachers practice the art of "active listening" and "I- statements" to help children get in touch with their own feelings. They also try to eliminate phrases of flattery such as "good job, great job, very good" and, instead to say, "You're proud of your work!" Teachers also attempt to eliminate the ubiquitous phrase, "you need to..." Instead, teachers say, "We walk in school;" or "Please wash your hands before lunch!"

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Kidus Montessori is a Christian Montessori preschool. Kidus is committed to the development of the "whole" child: spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical. In helping the children to learn and grow, we employ our Christian view of Montessori education and Christian activities as an integrated part of our curriculum.

Our Goal: For children to have a love and joy for learning. Our Christ-centered environment is a way of life through love, compassion and respect, while always considering the long-term welfare of your child?s physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and esthetic development focusing on ?following the spirit of the child.?

At Kidus, our primary mission is to help nurture your child?s growth. But an equally important goal of this school is to foster and build a vibrant, supportive and involved community of parents, teachers and families.

A Typical Day

7:00- 8:45 Kidus Opens: children arrive, quiet time, free play Group activity Clean-up

7:30-8:15 Breakfast

8:45-9:15 Children Gathering. Prayer, songs, .
(pottie,changeing time)story time

9:15-11:15 Preschool;uninterrupted individual work time with montessori materials, lessons and presentations
giving to groups & individual children.

10:00 - 10:45 Independently preschoolers choose snack.

Toddlers offered snacks at 10:00

9:15 - 11:00 Toddler; Large group activities, music,movement,song,fingerplays,numbers, colors, sounds of Alph. shapes the quite game
(pottie check)

11:00-11:45 Outdoor play for toddlers.(walking to and from play ground)

11:45-12:30 lunch
12:30-1:00 pottie time,story time

11:45-12:30 Outdoor play for preschoolers
(walking to and from playground)

12:30-1:15 prep and Lunch for preschoolers (family style eating) brushing teeth, clean up, Story Time

Preschool;1:15-3:00 Rest Time

3:00-4:45 Preschool&Toddler; Pottie time, snack, individual and group circle time and work time

4:45-6:00 Outside or inside free play, Story time,departure

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We encourage open and continual exchange between parents and caregivers/teachers about developmental change we are each observing in the children. These exchanges can take place briefly at arrival, pick-up times or at more length by telephone at an arranged time. Formal conferences are held in fall and springtime or as requested or needed.

By preparing everything in the child's school environment to help him/her to succeed and to be independent, we assist his/her growth of independence. We ask that parents, as well, prepare the home environment so that every unnecessary obstacle to a child's growth may be removed. As a result the child becomes self-confident and happy.

We offer some simple, everyday suggestions for Montessori in the home, encouraging the child's independence, self-confidence, reasonable freedom of choices, orderliness and responsibility:

Parent Volunteer Hours:
Kidus Montessori School asks parents to volunteer twenty hours for full-day children and ten hours for half-day children, per family, per year.
In the fall and spring, Kidus holds a Saturday parent workday in which parents work together to accomplish a project for the benefit of the children: yard work, painting, making gardens, carpentry. etc

Resources for Parents:
Educational and developmental materials are available in the Parent Resource Room. The room also allows parents to observe their children through a one-way glass. Items of interest to families, including events, classes and workshops etc., will be posted. Parents are free to contribute and share information from child-rearing books and magazines with other families. Parent meetings are scheduled regularly. These may include fellowship meals together, workshops and special speakers. Sharing parenting tips is encouraged.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Introductory Visit
Each new child visits Kidus Montessori House at least 3 times prior to enrollment. The three pre-enrollment visits will consist of (when needed): Parent and child for two hours, parent for one hour; child left for one hour, and Child left for 3 hours.

We provide parents with a letter describing first day guidelines and tips in easing the transition to the classroom.

Transition Period and Separation
A child builds his or her trust and sense of security from his/her parents' actions towards and confidence in us. As parents leave, we ask that they reassure their child by saying good-bye once with confidence and love.

Trial Period:
There is a 4 week trial period. This period is used to observe the child's adjustment to care. The director will talk to parents daily about your child's day. After a 4 week trial period, we will determine if day care services are satisfactory to everyone. If any problems cannot be resolved then care is terminated