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We also offer (as part of our monthly tuition) six enrichment classes. These classes are Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Music, STEM, Computer Time, Physical Education and Nature Study (weather permitting).  All of our classrooms have two children size restrooms for convenience.  Each of our classrooms will have two guides, one Lead Directress (who holds an AMS or AMI Montessori certificate) and an Assistant Guide (who has child care experience, a college degree in a related field, and/or is a Montessori certified teacher).   Our lead teachers have tenures with us and are dedicated teachers who have a true passion to teach!!

Our school is fully committed to the development of the “child”.  We want to ensure they grow physically, emotionally, socially, and most importantly academically. Children are at their best in an environment which has been designed and managed by Montessori teachers. The children are allowed to move at their own pace academically with close guidance from their teachers to ensure academic goals are being met with age appropriateness. The children are allowed to make decisions for themselves, learn to solve their own problems, learn to respect one another and actively participate in the classroom community.

Our Montessori classrooms provide the children with:

Multi-sensory Learning Experiences:  Children are learning by doing as well as by seeing and hearing.  The Montessori Materials are designed to help the child develop an understanding of concepts; we do not have simply memorization of facts.

Personalized Instruction: Each one of our classrooms has credentialed Montessori teachers who have been through extensive training to personalize the instruction to meet the needs of each student by promoting self-paced, self-initiated learning.

Multi-age Community of Learners: The 3-year age span in toddler, primary and elementary classrooms allow the children to learn from each other as well as their teacher.  The children also participate in caring for classroom fish, plants, and each other.  The multi-age classroom also helps promote the development of nurturing, leadership and mentoring skills.

Infant Programs

5-DAY, Full Day (8:30a-3:30p)
5-DAY, Extended Day (7:00a-6:30p)

Our infant program also allows for our children to receive one on one time with the Lead Directress mastering age appropriate developmental growth. The first year of an infant’s life brings several important milestones. From crawling to teething to talking, the young toddler is gaining control of his/her body and learning to socialize. It’s an exciting time as we get to watch the infants begin to understand his/her surroundings and interact.  An infant’s first year is an important stage of development. The areas of growth span from gaining control of the muscles to the development of the psyche. By the end of these first twelve months, the infant will begin to walk, understand ideas such as object permanence and begin to teethe.

In our infant 2 program (12 months to 18 months), where crawling and newly walking babies have their hands free for exploration, our program allows for the children to use materials in the classroom for fine motor development and cause and effect.  They will also gain gross motor movement and opportunities to sit at low tables in chairs.  The children will also begin gaining independence by self feeding, being able to take materials from low shelves and carry them to tables to practice their fine motor and gross motor skills and also play on low playground units freely.  Our classroom is arranged according to subject area.

A Typical Day for Infant 2 Children

8:30am-9:00am

Participate in one of the enrichment classes

9:00am-9:30am

Snack and diaper change time

9:30am-10:30am

Montessori work time

10:30pm-11:00pm

Outside recess time

11:00am-12:00pm

Lunch time and prepare for nap time

12:00pm-2:15pm

Nap time

2:15pm-2:45pm

Diaper change time and afternoon snack time

3:00-3:30pm

Montessori group activity

2:45pm-3:30pm

Montessori Group Activity

3:30pm

All full day students are dismissed

3:30pm-6:00pm

The extended day students continue on with their day with a change every 30 minutes.

Our teachers provide a daily informative sheet for each child and also host two scheduled conferences per school year.

Toddler Programs

5 Day, Half Day (8:30a-11:30a), Full Day (8:30a-3:30p), Extended Day (7:00a-6:30p)
3 Day, Full Day (8:30a-3:30p), Extended Day (7:00a-6:30p)

Our Toddler program provides a Montessori experience for children aged 18 months to age 3. The classroom has been set up to allow the children to feel the classroom as their own peaceful, special space where they have a meaningful role in their own care and the care of their classroom environment. The classroom has been carefully prepared to meet the unique needs of this age. All furniture is a size that allows for independence and the materials are designed to be attractive and inviting to the children.  Social interaction with other children, development of language skills, care of oneself and the environment, physical development of the body, hands on nature exploration, and music and movement activities are integral to the Montessori toddler experience.  In our Toddler Program, the environment is arranged according to subject area.

A Typical Day for a Toddler Student

8:30am-10:00am

Montessori work time

10:00am-10:30am

Attend one of the enrichment classes

10:30am-11:00am

Outside recess time (weather permitting, otherwise go to the gym)

11:00pm-12:00pm

Lunch time and prepare for nap time

12:00pm-2:15pm

Nap time

2:15pm-3:00pm

Diaper change time and afternoon snack time

3:00-3:30pm

Montessori group activity

3:30pm

All full day students are dismissed

Extended day students continue on with their day with a change every 30 minutes.  Our teachers do host two conferences per school year.

Primary Programs

5 Day, Half Day (8:30a-11:30a), Full Day (8:30a-3:30p), Extended Day (7:00a-6:30p)
3 Day, Full Day (8:30a-3:30p), Extended Day (7:00a-6:30p)

Our Primary program provides a Montessori experience for children ages 3yrs to 5yrs.  For our primary children, a clear routine is established for each day, but within the routine the children have the flexibility to choose their own activities and pace themselves rather than having to conform to a strict schedule imposed by the teachers.  The teachers are there as their guides to ensure lessons being administered are being done and the children are continuously learning in a positive upward academic path.  During the Montessori worktime, the children are either working on lessons already presented to them or receiving new lessons in small groups. The Montessori materials are set out attractively on shelves for easy access for the children to select what they are most drawn to during any given work session. The Montessori teacher guides each child through the materials giving lessons in the order that ensures the best academic development. The classroom materials are set up by subject area: Language (written and spoken), Math, Handwriting, Cultural Studies, Geography, Sensorial, Sciences, Grace and Courtesy, Art and Music, and Practical Life.  On a daily basis we create a dynamic and stimulating yet warm, stable, and comfortable environment for your child.

A Typical Day for a Primary Student

8:30am-11:00am

Montessori work time

11:00am-11:30am

Attend one of the enrichment classes

11:30am-12:00pm

Outside recess time

12:00pm-1:00pm

Lunch time

1:00pm-2:30pm

Nap time or continued Montesspri work time (for children able to stay awake and work versus needing a nap)

2:30pm-3:30pm

Montessori group lesson time and afternoon snack time

3:30pm

All full day students are dismissed

Extended day students continue on with their day with a change every 30 minutes.  Our teachers do host two conferences per school year.

Elementary Programs

5 Day, Full Day (8:30a-3:30p), Extended Day (7:00a-6:30p)

In our Elementary Program, the environment is arranged according to subject area, and children are free to move around the room instead of staying at desks. There are standardized limitations on how long a child can work with a piece of material to ensure all subject areas for each day are covered by the child. At any one time in a day all subjects — math, language, science, history, geography, art, music, etc., will be studied.  We do not put red marks and corrections on the children’s work. Instead the child’s effort and work is respected as it is. The teacher, through extensive observation and record-keeping, plans individual projects to enable each child to learn what he needs in order to improve and correct themselves.   We do not give grades, or other forms of reward or punishment, subtle or overt. Assessment is by portfolio and the teacher’s observation and record keeping. The test of whether or not the system is working lies in the accomplishment and behavior of the children, their happiness, maturity, kindness, love of learning and level of work.

The teacher remains alert to the interests of each child and facilitates individual research in following interests. There are no curriculum requirements except those set by the state requirements, for specific grade levels. These take a minimum amount of time. From age five/six on, students design contracts with the teacher to guide their required work, to balance their general work, and to teach them to become responsible for their own time management and education. The work of the 6+ class includes subjects usually not introduced until high school or college.  Education of character is considered equally with academic education, children learning to take care of themselves, their environment, each other – cleaning, gardening, moving gracefully, speaking politely, being considerate and helpful, and doing social work in the community, etc.

We do have a full calendar that is provided at the beginning of each school year.  We are a twelve month school and are only closed on federal holidays.  We also are closed during the year for three teacher in-service days to provide on-going training to our staff.   We also have several family related activities such as: Fall Festival (evening event in Oct), Thanksgiving Feast (during school day at lunch time), Winter Book Exchange (winter holiday), International Celebration (January), Friendship Day card making event and snack party (February), Spring Frolic (April), Teacher’s Appreciation Week, Mother’s Day Tea Party (May), Music Recital and Graduation for our Kindergartners (May) and Father’s Day Breakfast (June).    We also host two book fairs throughout the school year, and several charitable events.  Some of the charitable events we participate in with our children are St. Jude’s Trike A Thon to support the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, North Texas Food Drive, Salvation Army Gift Giving Tree, and the JDRF Walk to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We do change up some of our charitable events to give the children a chance to experience how to give to different organizations.

STEM Program

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program

Our STEM program for primary and elementary ages is comprised of classical engineering, computer programming, and robotics. A robust STEM education creates critical thinkers, problem solvers, and produces the next generation of innovators.  The program incorporates the 4Cs – Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity.  The program is offered at multiple age levels to allow the students to grasp different concepts based on their ages and abilities. Throughout the programs, children will learn and build a solid STEM foundation while having a BLAST!

We will journey through the world of Classical Engineering.  We will be learning Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Civil Engineering.

Aerospace Engineering

This program delves into the foundations of aerospace technologies. Chidlren face off with powerful air; experience its drag and pressure; learn about laws of motion and how they impact flying things. Children will create parachutes, design taternaut™ space suits, enjoy hands-on rocketry and make keepsake model planes.

Biomedical Engineering

Engineering Design Challenges get children on their feet exploring joints, fractures, bones and muscles.  Children design their own hinge, ball and socket, and hydraulic prosthetics. Engaging activities include the The bare bones on Joints!, Grippy Test, Get a Mask! and Prosthetics Engineering Design LabTM.

Civil Engineering

In this program, Children learn the science of building structures and take baby steps towards working like a civil engineer to design structures using simple materials. May the forces be with them on this awesome mission of close encounters with the “all fall down” gravity, thrilling balancing acts, bridging designs and the quest to make the tallest skyscraper!

 

STEM FOR THE AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS:

Engineering Extravaganza — Children will get a taste of civil, mechanical, aerospace, and environmental engineering through building, hands on projects, and fun activities. Each week we will explore, build, and create different hands on projects! Come and join the fun!

Robotics I — Children learn the basics of computer programming and apply it to design robots to complete various challenges. They will design, build and program Lego® WeDo robots. Creations include simple rovers and mechanical contraptions. The program specifically designed for young students in grades K-5, bundles designing, building, problem-solving, computer programming, critical thinking, collaboration and communication into one exciting program.

Electrical Engineering — In this program children explore the world of hardware and electronic circuits. Children learn basic concepts of an electric current, voltage, conduction, resistance while building circuits to do simple tasks like light a bulb, power a fan, make a functioning radio. From there they will look into electronics with transistors and integrated circuits.