Montessori Classrooms support multi-age grouping. This allows children to learn at their own pace and that pace is not determined by their age. It also enables older children to be teachers and role models to their younger classmates. Montessori teachers are skilled at managing multi-age classrooms and they have implemented it for over 100 years. The structure also allows the teachers to really get to know each child as they could be together for up to three years.

The concept has recently moved into the mainstream due to the work of many educational theorists and researchers.

Here is just one article highlighting the benefits of a multi-age grouping: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-we-are-wired-to-connect/

Infant (6 weeks – 18 months)

AveryAt this tender age, children have a great motivation to explore their environment through their senses. In this safe, clean and gentle environment, infants will be nurtured, provided with opportunities to grasp, reach, climb, and cruise, exercising both their fine and gross motor skills. They will learn the beginnings of language through modeling by teachers of object naming, being spoken to, and through song. In this multi-age setting, they will learn the beginnings of socialization with other children, be treated with love, respect and much affection.

Primary (3 – 6 years)

PrimaryThe Primary class offers children aged three through six years a prepared environment where they can collaborate, meet with success and develop together. Children will be engaged in activities which encourage and foster curiosity, problem-solving ability, concentration, and progression from concrete to abstract ideas. Freedom through orderly experimentation and teacher-presented lessons allows children to practice independently or with a small group. The opportunity for children to work at their own pace and rhythm, with older children available to help and assist those who are younger, is an integral part of the Montessori experience. This cooperation enhances a sense of community, social responsibility and respect for others.

These early years of practicing self-control, exploration and peaceful conflict resolution form the foundation for academic achievement, future scholastic success and satisfaction in learning.

Kindergarten Enrichment (5 – 6 years)

If a child is a Primary student of at least 5 years of age, she may be eligible for Kindergarten Enrichment. The Primary Teacher, along with the Director, will determine the readiness of a child to begin Kindergarten Enrichment midyear at or about 5 years of age. Children who are enrolled in Primary, and are 5 to 6 years old, are encouraged to continue their educational process by participating in Kindergarten Enrichment activities.

Kindergarten Enrichment is a five-day-a-week program offering. Children in Kindergarten Enrichment are provided an excellent opportunity to continue and build on their Montessori experience, aligned with Common Core State Standards for Math (Kindergarten) and Common Core State Standards for Language Arts (Kindergarten). This offering gives children a continued academic challenge within a multi-age setting, as well as the opportunity for the sustained independent work that is the core of the Montessori philosophy.

Toddler (18 months – 3 years)

The children in this stage are sensorial explorers facing the important developmental challenges inherent in balancing separation and attachment, autonomy and the beginnings of independence. Dr. Montessori observed that from birth, childrens’ minds absorb impressions from the environment; these impressions become a part of their deepest self. Through thoughtful planning and design, Monarch Montessori provides indoor and outdoor environments that are both physically and emotionally safe and which invite and support this type of exploration.

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These environments include activities which stimulate curiosity, allowing children to explore form, shape, movement and sound.
In Practical Life, for example, children will be immersed in the experiences of everyday living that support focus in all other endeavors. Home-based experiences such as sweeping, gardening, and pouring, then returning things to their place helps further develop fine and gross motor skills, eye-hand coordination, and concentration. They will gain socialization through opportunities
to interact with other toddlers through group activities. They will explore language through connecting sounds and letters and naming objects and explore math through the beginnings of counting and sorting. Hands-on exploration of materials is paramount in this stage of development.

The extensive, concrete Montessori learning materials are designed to appeal to children’s deep interest, inspire repeated activity, promote coordination, and self-motivation. The classroom is divided into four basic areas including Practical Life (everyday living), Sensorial (materials which focus on one or more of the senses), Language, and Math. At the kindergarten level children begin a full day program which includes advanced academic work in the afternoon.

Before & After Care

We offer an extended care program for children who are attending regularly scheduled classes. (7:00 am-8:30 am or 3:30-6:00 pm). In emergencies, late pickup care can be arranged ahead of time from 6:00-6:30 at an additional charge.

Summer Program

Children enjoy activities such as arts and crafts, nature, science, cooking and organized games or sports. Activities are organized around different themes each week. The Summer Program is offered for 8 weeks in the summer, with a required minimum of three weeks of enrollment. Parents must commit to the specific weeks in advance in order for our school to meet staffing needs.

A child who will not be 3 until October 1 may participate in this program only if she has attended our Toddler program during the school year just ending.

Children who are in the Infant and Toddler groups during the school year can still be enrolled in their regular program groups during the summer.

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.” —-Dr. Maria Montessori

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