Cultural Subjects and Extended Studies
The Montessori Curriculum is extended with comprehensive studies focused on a variety of subjects that give children every opportunity to enjoy a multitude of creative activities. Some of these subjects include:
Art and creative expression have an amazing ability to transform the lives of children and make their world a more beautiful place. The arts not only allow our children to better understand themselves and the world around them, but they also have a tremendous impact on children's psychological, physical and emotional well being. Through creative exploration, open ended art and structured crafts, children are offered ways to express themselves, their feelings, experiences and ideas. Teaching art the Montessori way enables the child to imagine abstract and interesting ideas while still learning about the real world and universe.
Music and movement education are important parts of our curriculum and offer children the opportunity to learn the elements of rhythm, melody, and harmony through singing, movement and playing musical instruments. Children will engage in creative movement, singing games, traditional folk dances, choral singing, and playing percussive and melodic instruments. They will learn to play various musical instruments like drums, tambourines, shakers, bells and much more. They also learn about the many different styles of music throughout the world.
For most children, using sign language is an exciting activity based on muscles and movement, not just looking and listening. Children love to learn to sign, just as they love to learn anything by exploring, trying, touching and moving. Research shows that sign language hastens speech development, reduces frustration in young children by giving them a means to express themselves before they know how to talk, increases bonding and will help your child better share their needs, with the additional and widely verified side benefit of improving their mental activities. Our program will provide an exposure to Basic American Sign Language at each stage, beginning with simple words in our Infant Rooms and becoming more advanced as they grow.
It is believed that the younger a child is when he/she is exposed to a new language; the easier it will be for them to understand, thus making the acquisition of a new language more achievable. Children will be exposed to a variety of different languages throughout our program. The current languages studied differ according to the skill set of our teachers; however, Spanish and German are a core part of our language curriculum and will be taught each year.
Gardening nurtures each child's appreciation and understanding of the natural world by involving them in the processes of planning and maintaining a sustainable, ecologically-friendly garden. Our curriculum is presented in the Spring and the Fall each year and runs for 12 weeks each season. Children will be introduced to gardening techniques, composting and plant varieties. They will gain an understanding of the seasons through the cycles of planting, growing and harvesting of plants and learn the connection between farming and food, creating an awareness of where food comes from. Our gardening program is just one of many ways we connect to nature.
One of the most popular activities among the children is food preparation and cooking. We offer a 2 year rotating cooking curriculum that is designed to encourage the children to use all of their senses. They will smell different spices, understand different textures through touch, watch the various stages of the cooking process and be involved in hands on activities throughout the food preparation and cooking process. They will also learn about the origin of foods and see and taste new and exciting foods including some cultural based dishes. Our cooking program provides familiarity in the kitchen and activities that will enhance and build on their Montessori experience. Recipes will be sent home so that parents can enjoy preparing the dishes with their children and see what they have learned.