Montessori

For students aged 3-6

Our specially designed Montessori classrooms provide highly stimulating, designed environments for the students, including areas where they can make discoveries through sensorial learning, develop mathematics skills, and attain practical life skills. A strong focus is placed on English language development through phonics, whole language building, and group circle times conducted throughout the day.  While English is the core language of instruction, Japanese-speaking assistants provide language support, and Japanese classes are available.

Learning is enriched through age-appropriate science, culture, geography and art activities. Students learn to respect other’s work and space, excuse themselves, greet each other, and treat each other fairly. They also take an active role in maintaining their classroom.  The mixed-aged students share the same classroom and learn from each other through observation.  This interaction actively supports the growth of the younger children, while older children have opportunities to reinforce their knowledge by sharing it.

One of the core principles of the Montessori classroom is independence.  Throughout much of the school day, students are able to make choices about their learning, rather than being told what to do.  They can explore their classroom environment, engaging with learning materials that stimulate their creativity and imagination.  While the materials are laid out in a sequential order of difficulty, the children are not pushed beyond their desire or limits - they are encouraged and supported to learn at their own pace.

In the final year of the Montessori Program, students spend their afternoons engaged in mini-lessons based on the California State Standards and the Readers and Writers Workshop model. This provides a smooth transition into the more traditional format of teaching and learning that begins in Grade 1.

Our experienced, Montessori-trained teachers and assistants utilize daily observations to individually track child development, which is used to inform and develop personalized learning experiences and challenges for the students.   They communicate frequently and work closely with families in an educational partnership, and there are regular opportunities for parents to become involved in class activities, field trips and events.   

 

Curriculum overview