Our Montessori Early Childhood Program is based on the three-year cycle, with the third year serving as the culmination of the preparatory work during the first two years. This results in exciting leaps in reading, writing and math concepts. The student brings together practical life and sensorial experiences in botany, geometry and geography to an intellectual level of conscious understanding. For example – the puzzle played with in the intial 2 years becomes continents of countries in the 3rd year.
The class is un-graded and as a result, the children have the benefit of social interaction with their peers, but may choose to work alone or with older children. The opportunity to lead and teach as they master materials enhances self-esteem.
The Early Childhood Program is divided into four main categories:
Practical Life Sensorial Language Mathematics
Other activities include art, music, science and geography. As mastery of each stage of learning is gained, a healthy self-concept fosters independence and responsibility. Therefore, parents should understand that a Montessori school is neither a baby sitting service nor a play school that prepares a child for traditional kindergarten. Rather, it is a unique cycle of learning designed to take advantage of the child’s sensitive years when they can absorb information from an enriched environment.
To accommodate the various ages of students, Westside Montessori offers half-day and extended-day schedules. For the younger children, the three-hour morning session from 9:00-12:00 is well suited to their attention span and physical endurance. Admission to extended day, 9:00-2:30, is by invitation of the child’s Directress. The child usually exhibits the qualities of readiness for the extended day schedule at about 4 1/2 to 5 years old.
For parents wanting before and after-school care for their children, Home Environment care is available before and after the half-day and extended-day sessions.