An emphasis on language, mathematics, practical life skills, physical and emotional development and awareness of the world around are also integrated into the classroom experience. Along with our enrichment programs such as art, drama, foreign language and environmental studies, the children are exposed to a broad variety of intellectual and social experiences.
When the child arrives in the Montessori classroom, they have already constructed the spoken language. Upon their entry into the classroom, they will begin to consolidate the spoken language and begin to explore the written forms of language.
The art teachers completely transform the studio into an immersive experience highlighting a particular artist or art movement. Their unit culminates with an “Art Gallery” opening where families are invited to come and enjoy their child’s hard work and creative expression.
Practical Life Skills
Practical life in Montessori is purposeful activity that develops motor control, coordination, independence, concentration, and a sense of responsibility. The exercises in practical life cover two main areas of development: care of self, and care of the environment.
Using the art of questioning, children are encouraged to explore the natural world around them. Each child spends time in Soapstone Valley (a tributary of Rock Creek Park) becoming familiarized with flowers, fauna, birds and the creek.
The concepts covered in the Primary class are numeration, the decimal system, computation, the arithmetic tables, whole numbers, fractions, and positive numbers.
Music is celebrated every day in our classrooms. In addition to this integral music program, our music teacher moves between classrooms and works with children in small groups, allowing her to follow the interest of the child and enhance their musical experience.