The Montessori Method is at the heart of MSM. We believe that if children love coming to school, then the possibilities are endless! Montessori's unique style of education is more than just that - it is a way of life! Children are given the space they need to develop at their own pace, able to move ahead or review as necessary. Classes are multi-aged, so that children can learn in a variety of ways. Younger children look up to the older children, and are motivated by what they are doing. Older children, in turn, are classroom leaders and role models, and learn by teaching the younger children. The development of leadership skills begins from the very start!
Please see each level's individual page for more details about the program, along with a photo gallery showing many fun and meaningful activities.
PRE-PRIMARY (TODDLER) - 2 year olds
The Pre-Primary (2 year old) class is designed to allow the children full access and exploration of the environment. In a spacious room, the children have gross motor play, imaginary play, a book corner, and numerous Montessori materials that allow them to develop fine motor skills and concentration. The Toddlers also have their own playground with equipment sized for them. The main focuses of this class are development of concentration, social/emotional, language, and motor skills. The Toddler class is a lot of fun to watch and be in!
The Pre-Primary children attend five mornings a week.
PRIMARY - 3-6 year olds
The Primary (preschool/kindergarten) environment is a continuation of the Pre-Primary, and is divided into four main categories: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, and Mathematics. Included within these four main curricular areas are also Science, Geography, Cultural Studies, Music, Art, and Gross Motor development.
The three and four year old children attend five mornings a week. At age five, and at the invitation of the teacher, children may stay for the full-day in their Montessori classroom.
ELEMENTARY - 6-12 year olds
Building on the work completed at the primary level, dynamic manipulatives are used to materialize abstract principles. The rich curriculum includes mathematics, language, reading, grammar, writing, spelling, geography, history, technology, foreign language, and science. Standardized tests are done yearly as one method of determining student progress.
Students attend five full-days a week.