The Georgetown Montessori School, established in 1983, provides the "prepared environment" essential to a Montessori education. The materials are designed to provide the child with concrete examples of abstract ideas.
Children are free to move around, are stimulated by purposeful learning activities of their own choosing, can discover and correct their own errors, and are treated with respect and trust.
The materials are programmed, each piece prepares the child to take another step ahead in his learning, progressing from the simple to the complex, from the concrete to the abstract.
After having a lesson from a trained Montessori teacher, the actual learning takes place when the child voluntarily begins a repetition of the work. It is this repetition, the concentration it develops, and the child's internal feeling of success and accomplishment that reinforce the learning.
The Georgetown Montessori School consists of a Toddler Program and a Primary Program.
The children in our Toddler program begin at age 20 months and continue until they are approximately three years old. They begin in September and remain in the class the entire school year. Classes meet three consecutive (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) or five mornings weekly. This is your child's first school experience. The class consists of 10 two year olds with two trained Montessori teachers. The classroom consists of two rooms, one being for gross motor movement and washing activities.
The toddlers develop in the areas of language, movement, independence and socialization. The morning curriculum consists of independent "work time" , morning circle time, group snack time , outdoor play time and closing circle time . There is a weekly music class and cooking is included in the curriculum.
Individual work time focuses on practical life skills, social skills, sensorial exploration, art and food preparation and beginning language and math lessons.
The Primary Program is a class of 25 to 30 children of mixed ages ( 2.9 - 6 years) with three Montessori trained teachers. Children remain in the class for a three year period as they progress from being the youngest to the oldest.
It emphasizes the following areas:
Practical Life Exercises: polishing, washing, pouring, lacing, tying, spooning, buttoning ones's coat and grace and courtesy lessons. They assist the child's independence and ability to care for his or her own needs. Such real activities help develop large and small muscle coordination, orderly work habits and deep concentration which are necessary for development of academic skills.
Sensorial Exercises: help the children become aware of the world around them. Exercises are designed to help the child isolate, compare and classify perceptions of sounds, smells, colors, textures, sizes and shape using concrete materials. They are materialized abstractions. They progress naturally in to art, music, geography, history and plant and animal studies.
Language: Reading is taught phonetically. It begins with writing and develops to phonetic reading. It gradually encompasses all forms of language including parts of speech, phonograms, grammar and spelling. In addition, French and Spanish are introduced in singing, counting and circle time.
Mathematics: The Montessori approach to teaching math is a basic one, beginning with concrete materials and moving to the abstract ideas. The curriculum proceeds from learning quantities, matching symbols to the quantities , the decimal system , linear counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Geography: The children learn the continents of the world as well as the countries of these continents and work with the puzzle maps of each continent. They also see visual impressions of the different continents and cultures. We are very lucky to have an international community at Georgetown Montessori so we often invite parents to present cultural events from their country.
Music: Part of our everyday circle time. A special music class is also offered once weekly introducing instruments of the orchestra, timbre, pitch etc., elements of jazz and is followed by individual music lessons with electric piano if desired.
Art: Offered in the classroom daily providing an introduction to different mediums such as watercolor, easel painting, collage, color mixing, pastels, acrylic painting, play dough etc. A weekly small group art class is also offered with seasonal activities (leaf and stone collage, pumpkin painting, ice painting, rock painting, watercolor drip painting and making footprints etc).
French: Part of the daily curriculum in small group classes. Children learn songs, basic vocabulary, greetings and phrases. It is an exposure to the language and not an immersion.
Seasonal Events: We host a Halloween parade at the Georgetown Waterfront, a pot luck international Thanksgiving luncheon, a Christmas children's concert, a Valentines Day program, an Easter egg hunt and End-of-Year picnic. These are opportunities for parents to socialize and for the children to develop self confidence in their performances.
Children in the Primary program typically remain for three years. The culmination of the lessons in a Montessori classroom is seen in the child's third year in a Montessori program. The third year child has the valuable experience of being a leader in the classroom which gives him/her the self confidence to go on to the next educational experience.
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We also have a private Facebook page for parents (invitation by e mail) which provides a daily glimpse in to the classrooms.