Northwest Montessori House of Children, INC.
Offers Pre-school, Kindergarten and First Grade
Although the entrance age varies in individual schools, a child can usually enter a Montessori classroom between the ages of 18 months and 6 years. It simply depends on when the child can be happy and comfortable in a classroom situation. Our program at Northwest Montessori includes a toddler campus for children ages 18 months-2.5 years, a pre-primary campus for children ages 2.5 years-4 years, and a primary campus for children ages 4-6 years.
The child begins with the most basic educational activities and moves towards more complex tasks at his/her own pace based on his/her interest and ability.
The Montessori materials in our classrooms will help a child develop the necessary concentration, coordination and working habits needed for successfully performing at advanced levels in language, grammar, math, geography, science, and social studies.
We offer instruction in the following:
• Practical Life:
Practical life exercises are related to the home environment and encourage grace, courtesy, and care of self. Children practice such activities as cutting, polishing, sweeping, pouring, and washing a table with the purpose of developing greater concentration and attention to detail. Children learn the importance of finishing each task and putting away all the materials before moving on to another activity.
Our mathematic materials enable the child to understand the basic concepts of numbers, symbols, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. These materials also introduce the child to more advanced concepts of clockwork, fractions and algebraic decimals.
Indirect preparation of language starts at a very early age. Basic skills in reading and writing are developed through the use of sandpaper letters, movable alphabets and many other materials which help the child read, write and understand how grammar is formed.
• Sensorial Materials:
Sensorial materials help each child develop his/her senses by offering concrete experiences. The sensory materials we provide to our students isolate particular qualities such as shape, color, texture, size, sound, flavor and weight. We believe these materials are fundamental in engaging our students' attention with hands-on work. These sensorial materials are largely self-correcting; therefore, our students can accomplish the exercises on their own and gain a greater understanding of the world around them.
Our students are introduced to science through a variety of ways. Classification plays a huge role in a child's first exposure to science concepts (i.e. living/non-living and plants/animals). We also cover many other aspects of science such as botany, where we study about the parts of a tree and flower, and zoology, where we study and differentiate between reptiles, mammals, amphibians, birds and fish. Each class presents weekly science experiments on magnets, rocks, evaporation, bubbles, matter, etc. Every year the primary campus has a grand science fair in which the children present different experiments to their parents, family members, peers, and even our local news.
In Geography, our students are introduced to the globe, continents, oceans, land formations and world maps. They learn about the different countries in each continent, those countries' flags, the 50 states of the U.S, and the U.S. state capitals.
Children are encouraged to work independently on age appropriate, theme oriented arts and crafts projects designed to develop hand eye coordination and attention, as well as a sense of imagination and creativity. Our students also view art and traditional craftwork from many places and times and begin to gain a sense of the valuable role art plays in creating cultures and civilizations.
Music education is not simply an entertaining diversion, but a valuable component of children's development. Musical sing-a-longs, musical instrument instruction, and special musical performances encourage concentration and self-expression, while simultaneously nurturing children's natural creativity and love of music. In addition, the talented children's musician John Emery, or the "Music Man" as we like to call him, performs for each campus every Friday morning.
One of the Montessori Method's main objectives is to encourage children's self-confidence and guide them in their development of self-awareness and self-control. Northwest Montessori believes the practice of yoga offers our students an excellent opportunity to not only enhance their flexibility and coordination, but also improve their concentration and sense of calm. Ultimately, yoga allows children to develop an intimate relationship with the natural world around them, and it brings to surface that marvelous inner light all the children possess. That's why we implement the practice of yoga for 3 year - 6 year students in our classrooms every Thursday. It's a fantastic and healthy activity both teachers and students enjoy!
In addition to their daily curriculum Northwest Montessori students have the option of participating in any or all of the following supplemental activities.
• Gymnastics: Gymnastics classes enhance the child's day with an extracurricular activity that utilizes a whole body approach toward mental and physical well-being. The program focuses on engaging the mind to control our bodies while encouraging positive choices with diet and physical fitness. Students experience activities that develop gross and fine motor skills with an emphasis on body awareness and control. Each class includes flexibility, stretching, and cardiovascular activities, as well as appropriate developmental gymnastics skills that build strength, coordination, balance, and confidence. The activities challenge students physically, mentally, and emotionally through safe and gradual, step by step, progressions.
• Dance: Kinderdance is a movement and fitness program specifically designed for young children. The emphasis of the program is to expose children to various forms of dance and movement while having fun learning. The basics of ballet, tap and creative movement are taught while blending numbers, colors, shapes and words into each lesson. The children are provided with appropriate physical, imaginative and critical thinking exercises that contribute to their development as a whole. Children participate once a week in the Kinderdance program.
• Spanish: Mariposas Spanish School brings extra-curricular Spanish classes to the school twice a week. The hands-on, thematically organized program allows children to learn Spanish through music, literature, games, visual aids, sign language, art and beyond.
• Computers: I.Q. Kids is a computer education class for children two years of age or older. The program offers the latest in CD ROM technology, with color monitors, sound, printer, and interactive software. Additionally, students are taught computer component names, functions, and complete computer literacy; the child will also be taught age appropriate skills such as language arts, mathematics, science, geography, and higher level thinking skills.
• Chinese: Chinese with Meggie, offers an extracurricular Chinese immersion class two times a week in the afternoons. The classes take advantage of young children's unique abilities to develop listening, reading, and speaking skills through exposure and engagement. The children participate in a engaging array of activities and educational games designed to help them absorb Chinese while having fun.