The Montessori school has launched our youngest children into lifelong learning since 1978. Montessori as a method of instruction was chosen for our three, four, and five-year-old students because it was sensitive to the developmental variations from one young child to another. Children in the Montessori environment choose work based on levels of readiness for particular learning. The teacher in this environment observes the child’s development and maximizes on these readiness periods. A child ready to move forward in mathematics but needs extra practice in reading, for instance, has that opportunity in the Montessori environment. The teacher is well trained to watch as the child demonstrates readiness for new learning or the need for re-learning. Regular parent involvement in the Montessori environment is strongly encouraged.
Children leaving the Montessori environment are usually reading three and four letter words, counting to 100 or more, and are well prepared for first grade. Because the students in our Montessori program receive such a firm grounding, we are able to slightly advance our reading and math programs in the first grade.
Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 - 1952) was a Catholic pioneer in the area of early childhood education. Her methods have met with unprecedented success and were highly praised by several Popes. Her ideas of the "three period lesson", "practical life exercises" and "sensitive periods" are key to this approach. Her philosophies about how children learn and "the prepared environment" are at the heart of the MSMCS Montessori classrooms.
5K is a Full Day, Five Day Program.
3K & 4K Montessori Options ~ Because MSMCS parents are very discerning about the number of days their 3 and 4-year-olds are ready to attend school, we provide the following options with tuition adjustments. These are the options available to our 3 and 4-year-olds which are intended to better serve our families.
3 and 4-year-olds: 5 days per week either half day (8:00 am-12:40 pm) or full day (8:00 am-3:15 pm).
Children will receive the maximum benefits in the full day programs.
For half day dismissal at 12:40 pm, children will be supervised an additional 5 minutes until 12:45 pm to give a short “cushion” of time for our families; however, families with children remaining after that time will be charged $5 per child for each 10 minutes afterward.
For full day dismissal at 3:15 pm, children will be supervised an additional 15 minutes until 3:30 pm to give a short “cushion” of time for our families; however, families with children remaining after that time will be placed in the Extended Day Program.
Montessori Items Provided by Parents ~ Parents are asked to provide the following on or before the first day of school:
Nap pillow no larger than 1'x1'
Nap blanket no larger than 3'x4'
Change of clothing, each piece labeled with the family's name, in a zip bag
At times later in the year, provide snacks for the class