Children work on the morning message as well as hear any important news
of the upcoming school day.
8:50-11:30: Work period. Each Monday morning, work plans
are handed out with a listing of all academic areas and the possible work
choices within those areas. The morning work period provides children
the time to work on their individual plans, which may include individual
work, time in small groups, and individual or group presentations.
11:30-12:00: Clean-Up and Group Time. After individual
work time, the class
comes together to prepare for lunch by cleaning and setting the tables.
This also is a time for group lessons, sharing of news and stories.
12:00 - 12:20: Lunch Time. Hand washing, good table
manners, and proper
conversation are part of the lunchtime experience and the Montessori
"practical living" education.
12:30-1:00: After lunch, the children have outside time, in
all kinds of weather. We believe the fresh air and sunshine is vital;
they just need to be dressed for it!
1:00-2:30: Afternoon Work Period. This time includes
specials such as art, music, P.E., Spanish, chess, yoga and writer's
workshop. The children may also use this time to carry on with work
begun in the morning work period.
The children are
working hard during the day, so homework is kept to a minimal. Because
the Montessori philosophy is based on the idea of mastery, once a student
has mastered a concept, they move on to the next level. This
eliminates the need for busy work, ensuring school time is used efficiently.