Preschool: 18 months-5 year olds
Kindergarten: 5-6 year olds
Classes meet Monday – Friday from 8AM-12PM
Instruction Language: Preschool: 50% English, 50% Spanish
Kindergarten: 80% English 20% Spanish
The fully bilingual curriculum incorporates the philosophies of Montessori and Freire with methodologies of STEAM Learning and 21st Century Fluencies. We focus on development of fine motor skills, inquisitive minds, and a love of learning. With bilingual staff, local and international volunteers, and a multilingual student body, our students are exposed to many cultures and a wealth of activities: Art, Gardening, Music, exposure to literature and critical thinking are some of the tools we use to build skills to maximize learning later in life.Our preschool focuses on the individual learner and we practice our belief that each child’s learning style is unique, and that learning isn’t a linear experience.
All over the world, children are going through their stages of development at more or less the same ages. Before the age of six, most children will have acquired two-thirds of their lifetime cognitive abilities no matter where they are born. Maria Montessori teaches that if the child has not constructed a social consciousness by the age of six, he or she may then create his or her own and choose to live in an unsocial world. Between the ages of three to six is a time when vocabulary stabilizes mindfulness and enables the child to work independently in language: the spoken, written and read word. Montessori schools for children, teachers , and parents, now available all over the world, make an extraordinary difference toward opportunities for happier and more intelligent children and a more peaceful world.
The didactic materials created for sensorial learning almost a century ago are still used in present-day schools. Sensory education after age three continues to be necessary to facilitate the development of language, vocabulary and world-views. By the time the child has experienced the variety of didactic materials for the senses, allowing exposure to the idea of quantity, shapes and degrees of size and graduation of objects, they have the knowledge necessary for arithmetic. These years form the critical foundation for learning and fostering appropriate social skills.