Learning at MSD

Toddler Environment 

16 months – 33 months old

Schedule:
7:30 – 8:00 am   Arrival into the classroom/Free Play
8:00 – 10:30 am Montessori morning work cycle and snack
10:30 – 10:45 am  Music and Songs
10:45 – 11:15 am  Outdoor play or Indoor Gym
11:00 am  Half Day Dismissal
11:15 – 11:30 Lunch Set Up
11:30 – 12:00 Lunch
12:00 – 2:00 pm Nap/Rest
2:00 – 2:30 pm Story Time/Play
2:30 – 3:00 pm Outdoor Play
3:00 pm Dismissal
3:00 pm Snack
3:15 – 5:30 pm Free Play

Objectives: To gain independence in care of self, feeding and toileting. Foster habits of initiative, concentration and persistence and other foundations of learning. Progress in development of gross and fine motor skills. Increase in acquisition of language.

Children’s House

Half Day

Age 33 months and potty trained

Students: Early beginners who want to ease into their first schooling experience. The majority of our half-day beginners request to switch to full day by the second semester.

Schedule:
7:30-8:30am Before-Care
8:15-8:30am Arrival
8:30-11:30am Morning Work Cycle & Snack
11:30-12:00pm Recess
12:00pm Dismissal

Objectives: Acclimate to a formal schooling experience, develop practical life skills, gain independence and a healthy sense of self.

Full Day

Age 33 months to 4 years old

Students: Beginners who are ready for a full-day school experience.

Schedule:
7:30-8:30am Before-Care
8:15-8:30am Arrival
8:30-11:30am Morning Work Cycle & Snack
11:30-12:00pm Recess
12:00-12:30pm Lunch
12:30-3:30pm Afternoon Work Cycle or Nap
3:30pm Dismissal
3:30-5:30pm After-Care

Objectives: Develop practical life skills, gain independence and a healthy sense of self.

Kindergarten

Age 5 by September 1

Students: Although the majority of our Kindergarteners have matriculated from MSD’s Children’s House, having prior Montessori experience isn’t required for new applicants.

Schedule:
7:30-8:30am Before-Care
8:15-8:30am Arrival
8:30-11:30am Morning Work Cycle & Snack
11:30-12:00pm Recess
12:00-12:30pm Lunch
12:30-3:30pm Afternoon Work Cycle
3:30pm Dismissal
3:30-5:30pm After-Care

Objectives: Independence, confidence, leadership, develop curiosity and build a strong foundation for academic life in Elementary school.

Curriculum

The Montessori Children’s House curriculum is composed of four core areas:

Practical Life – Hands-on, everyday activities like polishing, washing, and scrubbing that help children develop the ability to concentrate.

Sensorial – Materials that allow children to explore the qualities of our physical world through shapes, colors, textures, sounds, tastes, and so on.

Language – Language is everywhere in the Primary classroom. With the guidance of their teacher, children progress individually based on their own interests, from oral language to symbolic language. Writing happens first and then reading.

Mathematics – Using a hands-on approach, children are given a concrete impression of numbers and quantities through materials that represent the decimal system. Counting happens first, then simple to complex operations as the child’s interest allows.

Elementary

Students entering 1st-6th Grade

Students: We welcome both 1st graders moving up from MSD’s Children’s House, and grade school children who come to us from other schools.

Schedule:
7:30-8:30am Before-Care
8:15-8:30am Arrival
8:30-11:30am Morning Work Cycle
11:30-12:00pm Lunch
12:00-12:30pm Recess
12:30-3:30pm Afternoon Work Cycle
3:30pm Dismissal
3:30-5:30pm After-Care

Objectives:

  • Learn how to learn.
  • Develop a positive relationship to learning.
  • Become strong readers, curious researchers, assertive hands-on experimenters, and resilient risk-takers.
  • Possess the flexibility, reflectivity, open-mindedness, and compassion to be able to socialize and interact with people from all walks of life.

Curriculum

The Montessori Elementary curriculum’s foundation is in the Great Lessons, which are stories designed to open a vastness in the child’s mind and prompt them to think about the universe and the earth as our home, the beginning of life, human beings, communication, and numbers. Beginning with this vastness harnesses the children’s natural curiosity to understand their own place in the complex and rich history of time.

Lessons are given in small groups and children tend to work on projects together. A great deal of social problem solving, diplomacy, and respect is learned every day by children in the Elementary classroom as they work together. Elementary students receive lessons in mathematics, language, geometry, history, zoology, and botany. They also learn about art, history, and earth science, and participate in PE. Children work at their own pace, even beyond their grade level. Our Elementary also participates in various field trips, museum visits, concerts, and “Going Out” trips of the children’s own devising.