The Montessori Work Cycle
One of the hallmarks of a Montessori program is the uninterrupted work cycle. We provide the time and space for children to explore learning without restrictions on time. During this work cycle, children will typically choose an activity and work on it for as long as s/he desires. The child will then return the activity to the shelf and choose another. While the children are working, the teachers can be seen observing and giving lessons to individual children or a small group. This extended time for learning allows for the development of coordination, concentration, independence and order. The children explore the following curriculum options during the work cycle: Language Arts; Practical Life; Sensorial; Mathematics; Zoology & Botany and Geography & Social Studies.
The art of reading and writing. Children learn the foundations of literacy while studying children's literature through a humanistic lens.
The art of the senses. Children develop and refine the five senses: seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling.
Zoology & Botany
The art of doing what scientists do. Children become Naturalists, studying living things and their connection with the natural environment.
The art of taking care. Children learn practical life skills for care of self and environment, including grace & courtesy.
The art of the mathematical mind. Children learn math concepts from the concrete to the abstract through a logical process.
Geography & Social Studies
The art of being a global citizen. Children learn the "big picture" of how we co-exist on earth as well as how to be civic-minded in our communities.