Country Montessori offers several different programs. Options include a two day, three day and five day programs. We offer half day programs from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM or 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM. We also offer full day programs from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, as well as full day extended day programs from 7:15 AM to 6:00 PM, or any time within these hours. Country Montessori has three distinct classrooms that provide a high quality preschool and kindergarten education based on the latest educational findings. Enrollment at Country Montessori is open to children between the ages of two years and nine months to seven years.
Our curriculum is based upon the principles of Dr. Montessori which focus on the development of the whole child, as well as the current findings in preschool and kindergarten education for children. This ensures that your child will get the best possible education while having fun.
A typical day in the classroom provides children with a range of activities including structured time, circle time, free time for play and working with Montessori materials.
Within each day, children work one on with the teacher, as well as in a small group with the teacher. Children are exposed to activities that develop fine motor, gross motor and social skill development. Outdoor playground time is available weather permitting. Each week children learn a new letter, sound and number or math concept. Different follow-up activities reinforce these lessons.
The prepared learning environment of each classroom offers five distinct areas. Classrooms are like living rooms that offer different work areas for children to choose from. The five areas include Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language and Cultural.
Practical Life Area
The Practical Life Area is the adult world brought down to the child’s level. Spooning, pouring, care of the environment and care of the person are some of the areas within Practical Life. This area is not only to perfect these skills but for hand/eye coordination, fine motor control and concentration.
In this area, children learn discrimination of size, shape, color and form. Materials and exercises focus on using textures, shapes and colors to assist in learning and exploring. Preparation for the mathematical mind begins. Through the exercises in this area, abstract things become concrete. Dr. Montessori believed that “The senses being the explorers of the world open the way to knowledge.”
This area helps children begin to learn basic math concepts. Children start by learning numerals and go on to understand quantity within the numeral, and build from there to addition. The concepts that are introduced are based upon each individual child’s readiness. Montessori sand paper numerals provide a tactical and muscular sense of the numeral so that when a child is ready to write they have already internalized what the numeral is.
Children are given materials and exercises that help them learn their letters, sounds, and when ready to begin to learn how to read. Children who attend Montessori schools are typically early readers. Due to the excitement of reading, and the fact that reading is fundamental for educational success, children who attend Montessori schools are generally at the top of their class.
In this area, children begin to learn about geography, history and life sciences. Cultural studies about children around the world are incorporated with these lessons.
It is known that music is an important component to the development of the brain. Along with music in the classrooms every day, we are pleased that we have a music teacher from Apple Tree Arts who joins us twice a month, to bring music concepts into the program.
Our own Amanda Bristowe coordinates the art program, teaching the children about famous artists and their techniques. The children then create their own art masterpieces. At the end of the year, we stage an art show that parents can attend.