Early Childhood Program
The Early Childhood program is for children from 3 to 6 years.
The 3-6-year-old goes through an intense period of change, including the transition to cooperative play and more complex social interactions, a language explosion leading to beginning skills in writing and reading, the emergence of number sense and the foundations of math, and significant changes in physical development. The Montessori teacher responds to these changes in social and emotional, cognitive, and physical development with appropriate lessons to support each child’s growth and emerging capabilities.
The Innovative School advances each child's growth and development through a rich and well-prepared environment designed just for 3-6-year-olds.
Children learn by doing. The concrete materials in the classroom allow each child to explore the world through their senses, touch, and motion. One main feature of Montessori education is its hands-on approach to learning. Students work with specially designed materials, manipulating, and investigating until they master the lesson inside. Teachers guide students through the curriculum as children are ready for each new challenge, introducing lessons, and then letting children practice what they have learned. As children grow, the classroom materials grow with them in the sense that older children use the materials to explore curriculum in new and more profound ways.
Children come to school five days a week and may choose to stay for mornings-only or a full day. Kindergarteners enjoy a full day of school.
Each curriculum area of the Montessori classroom emphasizes specific skills, but there is dynamic interplay among the areas, enhancing children’s natural learning process. Each child progresses at his or her own individually appropriate pace, allowing each to be appropriately challenged and to become proficient in each area according to individual development and needs.