Early Childhood

Students advance according to their developmental readiness, which is the premise of the Montessori philosophy. Gifted students thrive in our Montessori environments where accelerated learning is encouraged. Teachers utilize a multi-sensory approach, which addresses all learning styles and creates the optimal learning environment. Montessori offers a unique learning environment and specialized materials for students to accomplish these goals. Below is an outline of our Early Childhood curriculum.


Life Skills Development

  • Grace and courtesy: manners, proper introductions, properly interrupting, patience,               cooperation, listening skills and learning to speak softly

  • Lengthening of attention span

  • Ease of transition from one activity to another

  • Observation of others or lessons

  • Respect for materials and environment

  • Care of self

  • Fine and gross motor control

  • Care of environment

  • Food preparation



  • Reading readiness: letter/sound recognition, rhyming, sequencing and classifying, auditory and visual discrimination and vocabulary

  • Reading: sandpaper letters, objects with sounds, moveable alphabet with objects,

  • words and sentences, words with objects, picture cards, word lists and picture matching cards

  • Reading Folders

  • Sight words are integrated throughout the reading program

  • Grammar



  • Preparation for writing is developed through working in the Practical Life and Sensorial areas

  • Tracing Metal Insets with colored pencils and creating booklets with tracings

  • Tracing Sandpaper Letters and Sandpaper Numerals with finger

  • Tracing with pencil

  • Writing manuscript letters and numerals with dots on paper or chalkboard

  • Writing words, sentences and stories



  • Preparation for Math begins in the Practical Life and Sensorial areas

  • Number Recognition: number rods with numerals, sandpaper numerals, spindle box and numerals and counters

  • Decimal System: introduction, quantity and symbol, teen board, ten board, thousand game, exchange game, bank and 100 board

  • Addition: introduction to addition, bead stair addition, addition strip board, addition with:

    • Golden bead material

    • Bead Cabinet: chains (1-1,000), linear counting and skip counting

    • Time, calendar, money and measurement


History/Cultural Studies/Geography

  • Holidays and famous Americans

  • Cultural Studies: cultural diversity, study of U.S. and MS

  • Geography: study of continents, air, land and water

  • Directions N,S,E and W

  • Sandpaper globe and colored globe

  • Continent maps with control board and tracing and punching of continents

  • Land and water forms


Life Science/Physical Science/Earth Science/Health

  • Botany

  • Zoology

  • Classification and Life Cycles

  • Vertebrates and Invertebrates

  • Living and Non-Living

  • Astronomy

  • Science: sink and float and magnetic and not magnetic

  • Earth Science

  • Seasons and Weather

  • Human Anatomy

  • Health and nutrition



  • Media and Techniques

  • Art Appreciation

  • Daily integration into the environment using the art shelf



  • Weekly music class


Outdoor Environment

  • Perceptual/Gross Motor Skills: bouncing, tossing and catching balls, running and climbing

  • Balancing

  • Muscular coordination

  • Social skills