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Your child has the freedom to explore and experiment in our carefully-prepared Montessori classrooms. This allows students to learn in a self-guided way under the care of their teachers.

Various classroom learning centers are designed to interrelate in your child's absorbent mind. These centers include Practical Life, Sensorial, Language Arts, Math, Science and Botany, Social Studies, Geography, History, Art, and Music and Movement. Science activities, for example, require your child to access sensorial, math, critical-thinking, problem-solving, analytical, language and writing skills. Students freely explore the "works" designed to provide experiential learning that encourage them to utilize the resources in their environment.

Your child is able to choose a balance of group learning time along with quiet, individual work periods as well as classroom "democratic" meetings. Students also have time for reflection, digestion and response, supporting the development of the whole child. At "work" time, students may choose to interact with one another, or invite others to work together, as long as this does not interfere with other students' work or prevent students from developing the capacity to concentrate. Peer-to-peer interaction on a daily basis fosters language development, more accurate interpretation of social cues, cooperative living practice, and inner confidence.

In the following descriptions, each curriculum continues and builds upon the previous level.



Curriculum for Preschool/Kindergarten
(three to six years old)
and Lower Elementary (first through third grade)


Your child will develop a love of learning, certain abilities and experiences, and an awareness that affords your child to live life in a full and responsible way. Children are prepared for life through our curriculum!

Practical Life

Preschool/Kindergarten: Order in environment; independence; coordination of movement; concentration; grace and courtesy; care of self; care of environment; preparation for writing
Lower Elementary: Organic gardening; food preparation; fine motor development in refinement of writing

Sensorial

Preschool/Kindergarten: Visual, auditory, olfactory, tactile and gustatory discrimination; repetition; set recognition; exactness in perception and sequencing
Lower Elementary: Foundation of skills needed for math and language

Language Arts

Preschool/Kindergarten: Verbal expression; vocabulary building; function of words; comprehension; enjoying a range of literary forms; sound-symbol correspondence; phonetic words and sight words; forming letters without writing; reading-readiness skills; writing-readiness skills; sound-symbol correspondence; and sequential story building
Lower Elementary: Listening and speaking skills; parts of speech; prefixes, suffixes, contradictions, compound words, etc.; syntax, interpretive reading, language extensions; spelling and vocabulary; punctuation; identifying and recounting plots, chronological order of events and drawing conclusions; phonograms; study skills; oral and silent reading; lowercase cursive alphabet; grammatical word usage; creative writing; journal writing; editing skills

Math

Preschool/Kindergarten: One-on-one correspondence; rote counting; quantities of numbers; number-symbol correspondence; place value; math operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division); introduction of decimal system; fractions; geometry (lines, shapes, area, volume); pre-algebra
Lower Elementary: Patterning; fraction operations (reductions, mixed fractions, finding the greatest common divisor); skip counting; base system; estimation; decimals; percentages; algebra; geometry; word problems; tables; graphs; problem solving

Science

Preschool/Kindergarten: Earth (origin, inner structure, volcanoes, earthquakes, tides); environmental science (recycling, air and water pollution, sustainability); study of animal and plant life; culinary and health sciences (organic gardening, food properties, purposeful cooking); basics of physical science (geology, physics, chemistry); the solar system (laws of motion, sun, planets and their orbits); the universe (formation, galaxies, study of invisible forces)
Lower Elementary: Earth (land and water formations); the universe (gravity, laws of motion); matter (atomic structure, molecules, periodic table of elements, laws of physics such as gravity, magnetism and the study of other invisible forces); electricity (concept, definitions of volt, ampere, ohm and watt, electrical circuits); plant life (plant survival, plant classification, biomes and ecosystems, nomenclature and definitions; animal life (cells, the five kingdoms, vertebrates and invertebrates, animal research, human body, animal physiology); culinary and health sciences

Physical Education

Preschool/Kindergarten: Gross motor development through various sports activities; balance, stability, coordination and body awareness through yoga and dance; hand-eye coordination
Lower Elementary: Physical fitness (concepts to engage in health-enhancing activities, self-assessment tools and skills to support personal physical health); team sports (develop team-building skills, sportsmanship, social skills and problem solving skills); health and nutrition (understand human body and factors that influence growth and development)

Cultural Studies

Preschool/Kindergarten: History (concept of “long ago,” timeline work, important figures); geography (orientation to own environment, world map, continents, geology, land and water formations, flag studies); social studies (introduction to concept of culture, cultural study, cultural pluralism, current events)

Social Studies

Lower Elementary: Cultural studies; cultural, religious and economic pluralism; current events

Geography

Lower Elementary: Orientation to own environment (classroom, neighborhood, community, city, state, country); world map (identifying continents, countries, map puzzles and map drawings); study of continents (people, cultural elements, transportation, plants, animals); flag studies; timeline of life on earth; geology; major land and bodies of water

History

Lower Elementary: Timeline work; prehistoric life; history of civilization; US history; important figures from the past and present

Music

Preschool/Kindergarten: Music language (beat, pitch, tone, rhythm); world music (songs, dance, instruments); exploration of instruments
Lower Elementary: Musical language (measure, scale, key, harmony, medley, chorus, musical staff and notes); history of music; classical composers; composition of music (student creates own musical composition); instruments (explore various instruments and create own); keyboarding or other instruments (forma instruction)

Enrichment

Curriculum for Preschool/Kindergarten
• Art: Art as a process; artistic expression using various mediums (paint, oils, pottery, crayons, pencils); elements of art (shape, line color, texture)
• Foreign Language: Brain development; cultural awareness
Curriculum for Lower Elementary
• Art: Elements of art (value); famous artists; art history
• Foreign Language: Brain development; cultural awareness

Social and Emotional Skills

Curriculum for Preschool/Kindergarten: Self-awareness; awareness of emotions; emotional regulation; respect for self and others; respect for environment; self-control; cooperation and team building

Technology

Kindergarten and Lower Elementary: Use, manage and assess technology (computers, multimedia); research capabilities; technical science (basic mechanics applied in technology)

Contact us today to learn how your child can grow and thrive at Living Montessori Academy.


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