Curriculum

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me, and I learn.

– Benjamin Franklin

 

Toddler Class – Ages 20 months to 3 years

 

To inspire the curiosity of the toddler, the classroom is prepared as a little society where each child is encouraged to be a functioning member of the society and to explore it fully.  The classrooms feature custom-sized tables, chairs, sinks, and bookshelves; and the outdoor play area has many objects for creative play.  All of these are designed to appeal to the child’s natural curiosity.

Activities are positioned around the room for toddlers to choose independently.  They have freedom of movement to explore, and they are given the time they need to complete what they start.  Classroom materials are of value to toddler development.  They allow toddlers to begin to experience concepts of sequence, form, shape, movement and sound.  Classroom activities change and evolve as the child grows physically, emotionally and intellectually. Spanish instruction is offered weekly in class through music and movement.

Toddlers love doing things for themselves.  Living skills such as getting dressed, cleaning the window, setting the table, or sweeping the floor are part of the classroom culture.  Being able to handle breakable objects for the first time also creates a great sense of pride at this age.

Toddler teachers continually seek out new experiences that will stimulate the curiosity of the children.  Teachers are expert in the language for interacting with toddlers, and provide the respect, tenderness, warmth  and patience that allow the children to blossom.

The toddler program is from 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Ages 24 months – 3 years. We offer a 3 day program and a 5 day program. The 3 day program is typically Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday or Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.We highly recommend that all children join the 5 day program by age 2 1/2.

Our class size is limited to 12 children, ages 24 months – 3 years. We feel a low student ratio benefits the toddler through any separation transitions they may experience starting a new program outside of their home.

 

Is your child ready for our Toddler program?

 

To promote success in our program we recommend the following two milestones:
1. Your child is taking one afternoon nap. Our morning school day does not accommodate for  a morning nap.
2. Weaned from the bottle/breast/pacifier during their awake hours.  Our toddlers are learning to drink from open cups.

Skills – Toddlers start acquiring these skills:

  • Understanding Order:  Learning to put things away in the proper place, keeping track of belongings, learning to follow the intrinsic order of the materials.
  • Taking Turns:  Waiting to use favorite materials, having a seat at the snack table, or having the undivided attention of an adult.
  • Doing Things for Oneself:  Zipping, buttoning, etc are skills that come out of the necessity of the care of oneself.
  • Language Skills:  Increasing new experiences and feelings eventually broaden the range of expression.
  • Wanting to Work:  A strong drive to learn new things is developed through seeing the accomplishments of other children.

Discipline – Toddlers learn the three basic rules of discipline:

  • Respect yourself
  • Respect other people
  • Respect the environment

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.

– Anthony J. D’Angelo

 

Primary Class – Ages 3 to 6 years

 

Children ages three to six experience an academically enriched atmosphere within a strong social community.  Older students gain self-esteem by helping younger students, while the younger children learn from their older peers.  A strong drive to learn new things is developed through seeing the accomplishments of other children. The unique ability of children this age to absorb their environment , language and culture is aided by the combination of the social structure and the academics of the Montessori classroom.

Primary children learn through the use of manipulatives as well as through teacher guidance.  The teacher works with a child individually or in a small group, and then allows the child many repetitions with that activity to master its content in depth.  Children use the Montessori materials and engage in activities specifically designed for their learning in the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial Materials, Natural Science, Geography, History, Language Skills, Art, Music, and Spanish as well as Social, Emotional and Physical Development.

As children’s self control naturally develops, they enjoy an increasing degree of freedom in the classroom. Materials and activities are readily accessible to students; they enjoy freedom of movement and the ability to choose their own purposeful activity; and they are given the time to complete what they start.

Through the use of carefully prepared materials and activities, plus communication with teachers and interaction with peers, children grow in personal independence, concentration, self-motivation and a genuine love of learning.

Primary teachers are AMI certified (Association Montessori Internationale).  They have an in-depth relationship with each student enabling the child to reach his/her potential.  The teachers demonstrate respect, warmth, patience and understanding at all times.

Our class size is limited to 18 students, ranging from 3 years to 6 years old. During the progression from the first to the third year, a child transforms from a classroom observer and contributor to a classroom mentor and leader. Young children learn through their own activities and by witnessing the activities and lessons of the older children. Older students strengthen their abilities by mentoring and serving as role models in the classroom. The give and take of this relationship benefits the older student as well as the younger student. Students stay in the same Primary classroom from ages 3 to 6. The teacher and the students  develop a strong relationship with each other throughout this three year cycle.

Please visit our FAQ  section ( located in the About Montessori button)  to learn more about the benefits of the multi-age classroom and the three year cycle in the Primary classroom.

The benefits of Montessori are derived when the child completes the full three years.  Class time for Primary Half day children is from 8:45 to 12:00.  When the child reaches the age of five, he/ she generally begins attending the Full Day Primary Program.  The term full day refers to the more advanced academic work, which is available to the older and more independent children from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

 

Primary Montessori Curriculum

  • Practical Life: Exercises having to do with care of self, the environment, and concern for others. Concentration and coordination are developed. Grace and courtesy skills are practiced.
  • Sensorial: Exercises having to do with sense discrimination, observation, and descriptive language. A clear approach fosters the continuing effort of children to categorize and organize the qualities of the world around them.
  • Language: Activities having to do with receptive and expressive language which includes drawing and writing as well. Young children learn to read by age six.  Increasing new feelings and experiences eventually broaden the range of expression.
  • Mathematics: Activities having to do with counting and number relationships, including an overview of the function of the decimal system. Careful design of materials in the mathematics area and in the sensorial area lays the groundwork for future learning in algebra and geometry.
  • Cultural: Experiences which provide children with information about geography, history, music, art science and nature study. Other areas of interest of knowledge from the hobbies, heritage or occupations of available adults are explored as well.

 

Class times for our Primary students are:

Ages 3-4  8:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Ages: 5-6   8:45 AM -3:00 PM

We offer  before and after class Enrichment care from 7:30-8:45 and again from 12:00-5:30. The cost is $4.00 an hour and is billed monthly,. For students utilizing the program more than 21 hours a week , we offer a block billing plan. The block plan is $70 a week.

The function of education is to teach one to think intrinsically and critically. Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of true education.

– Martin Luther King

 

Elementary Class – Ages 6 – 12 years

 

The Lower Elementary class is for the child age six to nine.  The Upper Elementary class is for children ages nine to twelve.

In an exciting discovery style of learning, elementary children work in small groups on a variety of projects which spark the imagination and engage the intellect. The Lower and Upper Elementary classrooms are fully equipped with Elementary Montessori materials which provide a stimulating environment for exploration into various areas of learning including biology, history, language, mathematics in all its branches, science, music and art.  Each beautiful 2,000 square foot classroom also has a full kitchen for cooking and science experiments as well as a library for research and learning.

At this age children begin to take responsibility for organizing and managing their own time.  Formal lessons generate follow up assignments which must be completed on schedule.  Work diaries and other techniques are introduced to teach effective time management.  These experiences become the foundation for self motivated and disciplined study.  In the classroom, children are encouraged to work together and as they collaborate on projects, they learn to identify and share their particular strengths and skills.  A well defined social system provides activities that build group cohesion and teach conflict resolution.  This in turn encourages the children to cooperate and empowers them.

The teacher serves as the primary role model in the classroom.  She guides the student’s learning by offering information, giving feedback, suggesting choices for further exploration, directing the student to resource material and encouraging independent learning skills.

This is an intellectually stimulating program for even the most able students.  The program and teachers accommodate varying learning styles and paces, while working to insure mastery of the concepts by each student.

Before and After School Care

Licensed by Bright From the Start

For all ages

Available Before School: 7:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Available After School: 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM

The Enrichment Program provides a structured, warm environment in which children play and learn.  The program includes:

  • Lunch- provided by the student or purchased from our Hot Lunch provider(Tammy from Miami Catering) at $6 a  meal.
  • Nap/Rest Time ( must be an independent sleeper at home)
  • Outdoor free play
  • Socialization
  • Afternoon nutritious snack
  • Creative art
  • Music
  • Movement activities
  • Reading time

Enrichment is billed monthly at $ 4.00 an hour. For ages 3 and up we offer a block billing plan. For students utilizing enrichment more than 21 hours a week the charge is $70 weekly. 21 or more hours during the week are billed at $85 a week. Enrichment is invoiced online at the end of each month.

Offered once a week during the school day for all students.

Martha Rico teaches Spanish weekly at Fayette Montessori. Through her unique system of utilizing movement and music, Senora makes learning Spanish easy and fun for the Primary students.  The Elementary students get more in-depth and learn conversational Spanish as well as vocabulary .

The goal of Fayette Montessori School’s music program is to help our students develop a life long love of music.

Program includes:

  • Singing
  • Reading music notes
  • Hand bells
  • Rhythmic dances
  • Rhythmic games
  • Music appreciation
  • Music listening skills

 Also, Art and PE are offered once a week for Elementary students. 

PRIMARY CHOICES

Gymnastics

The gymnastics program is offered through Gym South.  It also is a great tool for working on gross motor skills.  Children have fun and get fit as they tumble, jump on the mini trampoline, walk the balance beams, swing on the bar and learn gymnastics techniques.

Primary Cooking Club

The Primary Cooking Club is offered by Ms. Nichole for ages 4 and up

 

ELEMENTARY CHOICES

Art offered by Ms. Michelle and Drama offered by Ms. Lynne.