The Montessori Classroom centers on the child's needs as the pivot for their
education. During a child's early years (birth to 3), he is constantly
bombarded with sensory impressions that provide the basis for formation of
his intellect. By the age of 3, the child has a need to put order,
exactness and language expression to these stimuli in order to have logical
communication with others.
Dr. Montessori felt that the child needs not direct help, but rather a
special environment to perfect his faculties and fine control of his
physical being. Our environments are divided into communities by age; our
Toddler Cottage serves children who are 18 months to 3 years; our Primary
Program serves children ages 3 through 6; our Elementary Program serves
children ages 6 through 12. This environment contains scaled-down furniture
and other apparatus; materials that contain some capacity of movement; order
and exact usage to aid the mind in logical, sequential organization and
language experiences in all areas to augment the content and organization of
the child's mind.
Although all WEMS classrooms share these
characteristics, each program is carefully constructed based on the child's
routines, methods and philosophy are
consistent with those of the Primary Program to aid in the logical
progression from "unconscious creator" to "conscious worker". A
mid-morning snack is provided by the school.
is based on the premise that young children
flourish with gentle guidance and the freedom to work at their own pace.
Children learn how to share and play cooperatively in a safe, respectful and
secure setting. The daily schedule includes work time, group time,
outdoor time, lunch and dismissal. A snack is provided each day by one
of our WEMS families. The children prepare and serve their own snacks
during work time. The Montessori primary curriculum is intended to be
a 3 year, 5 day program to provide time for the child to advance through the
materials. Every primary student is eligible for the 5 day program.
The 3 day program is intended as an option for our youngest primary students
who will be 3 turning 4. Building on the morning's work, the Afternoon Session is offered to students who are both enrolling
in the 5 day program and turning 5 years old by December 31st. It does
not have to be your child's kindergarten year. Many of our children
attend afternoon class for 2 years. (the year before kindergarten and their
actual kindergarten year)
The primary goal of the
is to empower children to become confident,
competent students. The core curriculum provides instruction in all
traditional subjects. Critical thinking, problem solving, and research
skills are emphasized.
is provided as a convenience for parents. The morning session is a
time of preparation for the day and work time. The afternoon session
includes outdoor time, rest time and work time.
is also offered for enrolled primary and elementary students and each session revolves around a theme.