At Montessori Country Day, children choose their own activities and work independently at their own pace under the gentle guidance of the class director. In this way they develop concentration, independence, self-motivation, and a love of learning. The classroom consists of five interconnected areas of activities which allow for self-expression, exploration, and competence:
Practical life exercises help to satisfy the child’s need for meaningful activity and uses familiar objects which the child can recognize from his home experiences. These exercises encourage the development of concentration, coordination, and independence.
The sensorial materials help the child sharpen his senses and increase his powers of observation. The exercises enable the child to order, classify, and describe sensory impressions in relation to length, width, temperature, mass, color, texture, etc.
Language is taught in every area of the classroom and includes vocabulary building, listening skills, creative dramatics, and children’s literature. Our language approach consists of sequencing to advance reading, writing, and comprehension.
Our teachers lay the foundation in math concepts with concrete materials. The materials are designed to take children from a physical concept of numbers, through to an abstract level of understanding of mathematics.
Central to the classroom are activities that provide the children with early experiences in geography and various cultures, history, arts and crafts, music and movement, science, and nature.