Elementary and Secondary – Language Arts
Tuesday, January 24 6:30 – ~8:00 at Camp McLean
Language is naturally a key component of all our learning. Come and discover how your children learn reading, with its component vocabulary and comprehension, creative writing, including journaling and poetry, penmanship (cursive), literary appreciation, grammar (so important) and research skills. Some children will be invited to demonstrate some of the materials. Bring your questions.
Preschool and kindergarten – The enriched Montessori Kindergarten curriculum
Tuesday, January 24 6:00 – ~7:00 at the Heritage House
The Montessori primary program is designed as a three-year cycle. Much of the material and exercises in the first year or two not only help the child achieve a direct, immediate goal (such as dressing and cleaning after themselves, or learning the sounds of each letter of the alphabet), but also serve an indirect purpose of laying the foundation for future work and learning.
There is also a social component. The mixed-age grouping is not accidental. The oldest children in the classroom naturally take on a position of leadership. This opportunity to lead can be a huge pay-off for many children and helps them build confidence and self-esteem.
If pulled out of the Montessori classroom after two years, the children still reap benefits from their Montessori education, but they are robbed of that precious third year– the opportunity to complete the full cycle of activity with the classroom materials and curriculum, and the chance to be the leaders that they themselves had looked up to those previous years. They laid a foundation for something that was never completed.
Imagine the child’s education as a house– the first year builds a solid foundation, and the second and third years erect the walls and, finally, the roof to top it off. The foundation is still useful on its own, but the house becomes a home, and much more significant, if one is allowed to build it to completion.
Refreshments, door prizes, child care upon request.