By the end of kindergarten, among 5-year-olds, “Montessori students proved to be significantly better prepared for elementary school in reading and math skills than the non-Montessori children,” according to researchers. “They also tested better on “executive function,” the ability to adapt to changing and more complex problems, an indicator of future school and life success.” --Wall Street Journal
Toddler & Preschool
The benefits of an early childhood Montessori education, according to The American Montessori Society are:
The preschool Montessori curriculum is filled with exciting and challenging areas of study, such as geography and mathematics, but also incorporates the teaching of life skills as we prepare your child to be successful in the world.
1. Practical Life These materials relate to the care of self, care of one's space, and grace and courtesy. These exercises enable children to develop independence, self-esteem, confidence, coordination and concentration.
2. Sensorial The sensorial materials provide the first introduction to the refinement of visual skills such as discrimination of size, height, width and breadth dimensions, as well as aural, olfactory, oral and tactile discrimination.
3. Mathematics Ingenious manipulative materials and exercises help the child experience number and operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) very concretely so that they are well prepared to move to the abstract.
4. Language The study of language is integrated into all areas of the curriculum. For example, children are exposed to names of geometric shapes, parts of the flower, the names of continents and oceans in the belief that a greater vocabulary enriches the child’s general knowledge but also aids him/her in the quest of learning to read. Children learn to read by recognizing individual sounds in words and associating them with letters and combinations of letters. Children progress through Montessori’s sequenced, phonetic language materials at their own pace.
5. Culture Children at the primary level are very interested to learn about the world around them. The Montessori classroom provides experiences encompassing the subjects of science, zoology, history and art.
6. Geography Discoveries are made about the people who live on different continents. Montessori students learn about food, music, clothing, traditions, holidays, customs, housing, as well as the plants and animals of various regions. They learn to appreciate the wonder found in the similarities and differences found around the world.
Elementary & Middle School
Our elementary class is designed to educate students through projects, hands-on experiences, and creative exploration. We avoid timed testing, drilling, and group lectures.
Our middle school class is a hybrid Montessori/Traditional environment as the students learn how to study for test s and take tests. Students are also introduced to textbook and weekly workplans in this class. Our goal is to prepare our older students to be successful in a more traditional high school environment.
The hallmark of a Montessori elementary and middle school program is individualized instruction, one-on-one time between teacher and student. This allows the students to grow at their own pace and explore topics that are of interest to them.
We focus on the 4 core academic areas in these classes: Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. We also believe that integrating fine arts into the curriculum is important and these students have art class once or twice every week.
We follow the Montessori scope & sequence, aligning with Oklahoma educational standards to ensure all of our students are at or above grade level in the 4 core academic areas.
Elementary and middle school students need dedicated time for large movement and free time. We recognize this and provide daily recess and ample opportunities for unstructured free time.
Our elementary students are evaluated based on a mastery system, not a grading system. Each child must achieve a certain level of mastery before moving on to a subsequent academic concept. We do not "grade" these students, as we believe there are no failing students, there are simply students who have not yet mastered a concept and require more time or an alternative teaching method for a particular area.
Our middle school students are graded on a traditional A-F scale but are generally given multiple attempts to achieve their highest possible grade on assignments and tests.