The Montessori approach to education is scientifically based upon each child’s developmental level. For our 3-6 year olds, it provides a rigorous curriculum in Practical Life, Sensorial, Geography, Mathematics, Language and Science through which each child progresses at his/her own pace. Montessori teachers guide the student through mastery in each of the works associated with the categories of learning.

Multi-age classrooms reflect real social settings, with our 3-year-olds assuming the role of the younger, nurtured student, and 4- and 5-year-olds assuming the roles of mentor and example. As each child progresses through the 3-year age grouping, he/she assumes different roles and responsibilities within the classroom.

Our 3-year-old program is 5 morning sessions per week, Monday through Friday from 8 – 11 AM.

Our 4-year-old program gives you a choice of 5 mornings per week (8 – 11 AM) or 5 full days per week, (8-2 PM). We strongly recommend the full day program for those children who are pursuing “Kindergarten readiness” and who intend to enter into our traditional Kindergarten.

Our 5-year old program is a Montessori Kindergarten year which will prepare the student for admission into 1st grade. This program is 5 full days per week.

Lunch time in the Montessori Classroom is reserved for full-day students, and actually takes place in the classroom under the supervision of the classroom teacher or aide. It is considered to be a daily lesson in grace and courtesy, with preparation of the table, community prayer before meals and “service courtesy” – meaning that all children are served before eating commences. As in all Montessori works, clean up is a part of the lesson.

Catholic Faith and Formation takes place in the Montessori classroom with the integration of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori program that uses manipulatives and story-telling to present Jesus’ teachings. The “story” and it’s manipulatives remain in the classroom for re-enactment by the students throughout the week.

Montessori works are self-correcting, enabling the child to work independently and uninterruptedly. The Montessori teacher serves as observer, facilitator and guide, introducing the child to new works and guiding him/her through progressions of higher level work as mastery is accomplished.

The Three Period Lesson is used throughout the Montessori environment to help introduce a new lesson/concept and lead the child along a path to understanding and mastery. However, in the area of language it is used to increase, enrich and broaden a child’s vocabulary. In the first period, an object is NAMED; the second period lesson allows the child to RECOGNIZE and MAKE ASSOCIATIONS with the object; in the third period, the child RECALLs the object and can explain its meaning and relevance.

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