3-6 Years old
EARLY CHILDHOOD (“EC”) COMMUNITY
Our Montessori-trained teachers and assistants help guide students with individualized learning plans and lessons. All children in the EC classroom experience the opportunity to both lead and follow.
(Monday to Friday)
What to expect from the
early childhood community
Teachers lead daily group lessons, songs, and games that are engaging and nurture cooperation. Children in our Early Childhood program explore activities in the areas of sensory development, practical life skills, language, math, science, art, and cultural studies.
In addition to the students’ independent exploration, the Montessori-trained teachers help guide students with individualized work plans and lessons.
Day to day
All children help maintain the classroom by folding laundry, cleaning up dishes, and returning furniture to its place after work and meals. Children are also responsible for restoring their learning materials to the proper place after lessons or work time. Students also have the opportunity to work in the outdoor garden at various times throughout the year. Children in our Early Childhood community attend an all-school chapel once a week, and a Music Together® class twice a week.
Inside the early childhood
Learning materials in our classrooms are thoughtfully and deliberately chosen. Hands-on learning is central to the Montessori curriculum and leads to children being engaged in their work, instead of being passive learners.
Our classrooms are responsibly and carefully prepared with multi-sensory, sequential, and self-correcting materials to support self-directed learning. You will not find rows of desks in a Montessori classroom; rather, students work at tables or on the floor, rolling out mats on which to work and that define their work space. All Montessori classrooms are warm, well-organized, and inviting, to help children feel comfortable and at home.
Learning materials are displayed on open, easily accessible shelves and are arranged in order of their sequence in the curriculum, from the simplest to the most complex. Classrooms are designed for ease of use—featuring low sinks, chairs, and tables; reachable shelves; cozy reading areas; and child-sized flatware, plates, and cups.
“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.”