(3 years to 5 years) 20 students per classroom
Our main goal for the preschool child, ages three to six years old, is to help them learn to work independently, to take care of one's needs, and develop a good self
image. Children have different interests at different times. Maria Montessori called this “sensitive periods”. We respect these differences and have unique expectations for each child. Children are
always free to move around the room instead of staying at desks. There is no limit to how long a child can work on something she has chosen. Opportunities for both individualized learning and large
group experiences occur naturally in this multi-age setting of three to five year olds. The wide variety of activities and materials nourish self-confidence, concentration, cooperation, and respect
The Primary classroom includes areas of Practical Life, Sensorial Exercises, Mathematics, and Language Development. Lessons are also given in history, geometry, biology, geology, and geography. Art, music, and literature are integrated into the classroom activities.
The organization of experiences and impressions is guided by a multi-sensory approach. The child discovers reading through phonics, mathematical concepts through concrete materials, and geographical relationships and scientific information through manipulating objects and real life materials.
During the first two years, students are introduced to the exercises of Practical Life, such as spooning beans, pouring water, and polishing silver. These exercises satisfy the child's need to imitate adult behavior and achieve increasing levels of independence. They serve to lengthen attention span and aid in the development of fine motor coordination. As time goes by, Practical Life exercises evolve from care of self into care of others and care of the environment, which lead to activities such as science experimentation and discoveries.
Sensorial exercises involve innovative educational materials that assist the child in the development and refinement of his sensory organs. The child learns to grade and sequence objects according to various attributes, giving the student a clear, deep understanding of sequences, groups and sets. These activities prepare the child for the more advanced math and geometry activities of the kindergarten year. The student also meets a rich vocabulary in the process and learns to discriminate perceptually, using the senses.
Mathematics is introduced individually as the child demonstrates interest and readiness. We match each child's ability to the appropriate materials so that his or her learning experiences are positive, rewarding and provide optimum learning at each stage of development.
Introduction to mathematics begins with a clear, sensorial impression derived from manipulation of objects, movement and activity on the part of the child.
As each math concept is internalized, the child weans himself naturally from concrete objects and progresses to the abstract level that is required for advanced math curriculum. This method of instruction, devised by the genius of Dr. Montessori, has proven to be successful in teaching math skills while enabling the child to enjoy working in this subject.
Each child benefits from this concrete introduction to abstract concepts such as decimal system identity, commutative and associative properties, and cube vs. square concepts. Older students work with the math operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using Montessori Golden Bead material. The success that the child meets here inspires confidence and a desire to seek out future learning experiences.
The language program begins with readiness activities. It is imperative that each child be allowed to progress to a state of physical and mental readiness before formal language exercises are introduced. The child experiences matching cards, stories, poetry, listening games and other preparatory activities.
As the teacher ascertains the child's readiness, he or she is introduced to language through our phonetic approach. Language is taught through a variety of multi-sensory activities: visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic. This ensures success by providing the appropriate experience for each child's individual learning patterns. As the child differentiates and recognizes sounds, he or she begins the process of word building and then blending sounds into meaningful reading. During the kindergarten year, student reading skills typically range from the early stage of- phonetic reading to the study of the functions of the parts of speech.
To guarantee success and pleasure, the reading child is guided carefully through the Montessori curriculum.
In addition to the core curriculum, your child will be engaged in delightful activities that instill a lifelong love of sciences, history, cultures and the arts. Our school is infused with music of many varieties and peoples. Our multi-cultural staff teach songs, stories, games and activities that introduce students to other cultures.
Each year, geography is studied in depth. Students learn about physical and political geography, people and flags of distant countries, and the cultural similarities that unite all people. Music, art, architecture, and food are a part of this experience
3575 S. Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60609
773 254-KIDS (5437)
Monday through Friday
7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
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In addition to English, we have teachers who speak Spanish, Polish, Russian, Mandarin, Tagalog and Cantonese