"The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child's own natural desire to learn." Maria Montessori
Montessori Toddler Class
Bambini (18 months - 3 years)
The Bambini Program is a full day program for toddlers 18 months-3 years old.
The first six years of life is known as the "Absorbent Mind" in which the brain is developing new pathways and creating a foundation upon which future learning and development will take place. During this period, Dr. Maria Montessori grouped a child's particular sensitivity to each part of growth as a "Sensitive Period" which corresponds to your child's age.
A bambini classroom allows a child to explore the prepared environment through guided curriculum and trained Montessori teacher.
i.) Self-Help: washing, dressing, eating, toileting, basic life skill teaching
ii.) Care of Environment: plant and animal care, cleaning, food preparation
iii.) Gross-Motor Development Activities: walking, climbing, running, jumping, balancing, climbing steps, and more
iv.) Fine-Motor Development Activities: grasping, reaching, picking up objects, transferring objects, using tools and utensils, artwork
v.) Language: naming objects, describing actions and intentions, discussing pictures, conversations, music/singing
vi.) Social and Emotional Growth: developing manners through interactions with peers, teachers, teacher-led group activities.
Learning materials are carefully prepared to foster concentration, problem-solving and a sense of achievement. Children select the material that interest them while a Montessori-trained teacher guides the children.
Equipment that supports gross and fine motor skills. Child-sized furniture, utensils, tools enable children to make independent choices and complete activities which builds self-confidence, concentration and problem-solving.
Montessori Early Childhood Programs
The Early Childhood level, for children 3-6, encourages preschoolers to explore and discover, to collaborate with classmates, and to take ownership of their education. The Montessori Method encourages self-directed learning that promotes self-confidence, independence, critical thinking while fostering social and emotional growth. In a Montessori Early Childhood classroom, highly trained Montessori teachers create a customized environment crafted to each child's unique abilities, interests and learning styles.
All learning activities support children in choosing meaningful and challenging work at their own interest and ability level. The learning approach is "Hands-On" rather than worksheet or passive based.
Uninterrupted blocks of work-time (typically 2 hours in length) allow children to have full-concentration without loss of focus. This work-time respects individual variations in the learning process, facilitates the development of coordination, concentration, self-confidence, independence and a sense of order.
Montessori Early Childhood Program Schedules
Junior Casa Program (3 and 4 years)
The Montessori early childhood program was designed as a 3 year work-cycle by Dr. Maria Montessori. This classroom is devoted for children who are 3-4 years old (preschool age) to prepare essential social skills, emotional well-being, essential study skills, problem solving skills and self-esteem. The first two years of Montessori learning enables children to develop leadership skills in their third-year (Kindergarten).
Casa Program (Over 4 years): Kindergarten
Montessori Kindergarten: Essential & Empowering
Montessori Kindergarteners are introduced to progressively more advanced Montessori materials and sophisticated academic material. The third year of Montessori work is mandatory to a child who has finished 2 years of previous Montessori work to complete the third-year work.
They experience an important period in which their previous learning from working with concrete Montessori materials begins to become permanent knowledge. A Montessori Kindergarten student sees and feels their personal growth as they watch others and learn information they have mastered themselves.
Montessori Kindergarten is the culmination of the Early Childhood program. Children exhibit the independence, critical thinking, collaboration and leadership skills that they have been practicing during their previous years in the Montessori classroom, exercising them independently as they prepare to transition into an Elementary school.
The Early Childhood Classroom offers 5 areas of study:
Children learn daily life skills such as how to get dressed, prepare snacks, set the table and care for plants and animals. Children also learn appropriate and graceful social interactions such as saying please and thank-you. Children learn to be kind and helpful, listening without interrupting, and resolving conflicts peacefully. Practical Life activities promote independence and motor coordination.
Children refine skills in perceiving the world through their different senses and learn how to describe and name their experiences. Sensorial learning guide children to classify their surroundings and create sensible order. It lays the foundation for learning by developing the ability to classify, sort and discriminate. These skills are necessary in math, geometry and language.
The Early Childhood Montessori classroom allows children to acquire vocabulary, and develop the skills needed for reading and writing. The ability to write, a precursor to reading, is taught first. Using hands-on materials (for example: sandpaper letters), children learn letter sounds, how to combine sounds to make words, how to build sentences and how to use a pencil. Once these skills are mastered, spontaneously learn to read.
Through hands-on activities, children learn to identify numerals and match them to their quantity, understand place-value and decimal system, practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They also explore patterns in the numbering system. With an exploratory approach, children do more than just memorize math facts; they gain a firm visual understanding on the meaning behind them.
A wide range of subjects, including history, geography, science, art and music, are integrated in lessons in the cultural area of the curriculum. Children learn about their own community, and the country around them. Discovering similarities and differences among people and places helps them develop understanding and appreciation of the diversity of the world, and a respect for all living things.
What is different in a traditional Kindergarten Program & Kindervalley Montessori Program?
Teacher-Centered Education vs. Child-Centered Education
Focus on Seat Studying vs. Promotes Hands-On Learning
Lack of Individual Lessons/Ignoring Learning Styles and Pace vs. Learning at their Pace, Promote Individual Talents and Gifts
Frequent Interruptions vs. No Interruption during Work, Promote Concentration
Continuing Enrichment Program
The Enrichment Program is a full-day program designed for students to have an extra-curricular program with a dynamic range of experiences.
KMA's Enrichment Program will include:
i.) French Lesson - Students will explore the French language through the curriculum. Students will be participating in the variety of French activities that include the French alphabet, word formation, parts of speech, and proper grammar usage according to each child's level. The lesson will include songs, games, gestures and vocabulary.
ii.) Creative Art Class - This class will be provided as an opportunity to discover the child's creative inner side and express themselves through Art. The teacher will explore various artists and styles of Art.
iii.) Music Class - Students will explore music through songs, dance and rhythm making in class. Students will also be exposed to all types of musical instruments in addition to music theory. The music curriculum will include instruction to understanding music composition, music dynamics and note placement. Students will also be exposed to many types of composers and music history.
iv.) Gymnastics + Tae-Kwon-Do Class - Led by a fitness professional and instructor, the physical education curriculum will engage students to be active in their daily lives. This curriculum will assist in proper cardiovascular and muscle development. Through physical activities, students will develop their agility, balance and coordination in addition to the social aspects of sport such as cooperation, sportsmanship and leadership.
Summer Camp Program
KMA will be offering educational summer programs!
Our authentic Montessori extra-curriculum program and summer programs will be combined to provide continuing education during the summer season. These programs will be a fun and exciting experience for our students who will explore and apply what they have learned during the school time! Our highly qualified staff and instructor will guide the summer school students in the following areas:
i.) Science Experiments
ii.) Ecology Observation Outdoors
iii.) Gardening and Planting
iv.) Fun Farm - Visiting Farm Animals
v.) Mini Camping (Backyard)
vi.) Introduction to World Music and Dance