"The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one's self." - Maria Montessori
We love to incorporate fun and creativity into learning as we prepare children for the years ahead. Children enrolled at Montessori Academy enjoy diversity in classroom activities:
- Arts and crafts
- Music and theater
- Science and nature
- Cooking and baking
- Manipulatives and math
- Reading and literature
- Hands on experiments
- Optional piano, voice, or dance lessons
Throughout the course of the year we study and discover the world around us from the "countries and cultures of the world" to "what lives in the sea?". We even celebrate significant people in our present or past. Dr. Seuss and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are a couple of our favorites!
Planning out the day is important to the teachers, as well as giving the children time to have freedom to create, learn through experience and become independent. One of the favorite times for children is Montessori work time. Children get to choose a variety of fun educational Montessori work and under the guidance of teachers develop everything from fine and gross motor skills to problem-solving and personal responsibility. You can see a sample of some of the work we currently use below!
Role playing, music and art are also foundational to the Montessori Academy curriculum and the development of our student’s creativity and imagination. We know you will see some of their masterpieces when you come in for a visit!
Our Kindermusik program is one of our favorites. Interactive music taught by Miss Becky could involve bouncing balls while singing, learning rhythmic instruments to Chinese style music, or parachute dancing. She is adored at the beginning and end of each session with special programs geared to each age group. The infants love participating too!
We also have other extracurricular opportunities for families to enrich their child’s learning, development and love for the arts. Piano, ballet, tap and theater classes are available within the week during school hours by Miss Becky or Miss Heather.
Spring and summer are some of our favorite times here at Montessori Academy. We enjoy having the children explore the outdoors as much as possible. Learning about life outside the walls is just as important as life in the classroom.
Some of the ways Montessori Academy incorporates this into its learning environment is through field trips, gardening and other outdoor exploration. We are excited at our new opportunity and partnership with the Alley Garden of the Longfellow community. We will be planting three beds this year!