Preschool through Kindergarten
The Children’s House programs offered at North Shore Montessori School adhere to the philosophy and curriculum developed and introduced by Maria Montessori. The classroom environment is enriched with the full range of Montessori didactic materials. Our curriculum is described at the bottom of this page.
The Multi-Age Classroom
Children’s House is structured for children age 2 years and nine months through age 6. Multi-age classrooms offer many benefits: the youngest members of the community learn by observing the older students, the oldest students can take responsibility and pride in assisting younger students with their work, and all the students can work at their level without age comparison, fostering cooperation, not competition among the community.
The children are encouraged to learn at their own pace by selecting their own materials, or working with others if they choose. Lessons are presented in small groups or one-on-one with the teacher, whose role is to guide each child by presenting work appropriate to the child’s interests and abilities.
Morning Work Cycle
The morning work cycle lays a foundation for the development of lifelong learning habits, and it gives children time to follow their work from beginning to end—cultivating curiosity, focus, and determination—all of which are natural in children when provided with an environment that supports discovery and exploration.
Given the fast-paced nature of today’s society and the constant stimulation that children encounter, this morning work time allows them to slow down and go deep. In order to benefit fully from Montessori education, it is highly recommended that the children come for at least 5 mornings each week. This gives them an introduction to the work cycle and establishes a learning routine that will benefit them as they grow.
Afternoon Work Cycle
The morning children go home at 12:00 noon and the full day students get ready for lunch. Lunch goes from 12:00 until around 1:00 pm. After the children are done eating, they clean up their table and floor, wash up and either get ready for rest time (any child 4 and under by Mass. state law has to rest for at least 45 minutes) or get ready for the afternoon Kindergarten program.
The Kindergarten program continues from the morning work adding more detail to lessons and the curriculum they are studying. Work they start in the afternoon can always continue in the morning hours the following day. When the weather is good we go outside for more social play or discovery of the environment outside.
The children that sleep either keep sleeping until they wake or they look at books or are read to when rest time is over. This year the children have been learning French (numbers and colors) from the afternoon teacher. The children age four and younger are welcome to return to their regular classroom around 2:15 pm. Work continues until dismissal at 3:00 pm.
It is optimal for students to attend full-day for at least four days per week. However, we realize that every family has different needs and we are committed to working with you to create a program that works for you. Please read through the schedule options in our Enrollment Contract and contact the director if you have customized program requests.
Before and Aftercare
We open at 8:00 am for before-care each school day. Regular elementary drop-off happens between 8:30 and 8:45.Children’s House students arrive between 8:45 and 9:00. Aftercare starts at 3:00 pm and goes until 5:00 pm. The care time is separate and you pay for the hours you use billed at the end of the month. It is billed on an or half hour rate. See the tuition contract for more details.
About the Curriculum
A Montessori education is about preparing students for the world around them, giving them the confidence to take care of themselves and their work area, learning how to interact appropriately with others, and preparing for the the lessons to come. Following is a description of areas of learning in Children's House:
Our Practical Life work helps a child to gain a strong sense of order. Each Practical Life material is designed to foster a child’s ability to concentrate and build fine and gross motor coordination. Lessons are presented and arranged from left to right, top to bottom, in preparation for reading and writing.
Students find true citizenship within our classroom, for they learn to care about the classroom environment by watering plants and putting their own materials away. Through Practical Life work, children learn to dress themselves, set out their snacks, and tie their own shoelaces, thus providing the basis for independence.
Sensorial work increases a child’s ability to observe, compare, differentiate, reason, decide, solve problems, and all around appreciate the world at large. Materials provide children with a system, through which each child can form a basis for order and logic. The experience of order is gained through observing, touching, sorting and categorizing these Sensorial materials.
Work within the Sensorial area ranges from the Pink Tower (learning to grade by size) to more advanced work like the Trinomial Cube, a three-dimensional puzzle representing the equation (a+b+c)3.
Capitalizing on how the classroom environment flows with speech and vocabulary, Language work is designed to help children with listening, reading, and writing skills. Children begin with exposure to pre-reading work, such as sound games, rhyming, and synonym / antonym concepts. Students then learn letter sounds while tracing the Sandpaper Letters, which reinforces fine motor skills needed for writing. As the lessons progress, children blend words while simultaneously learning to spell phonetically. Work within the Language area ranges from listening to a story to reading and writing at a paragraph level. Older students have a chance to journal and experience formal handwriting lessons.
With Math work, children are introduced to concrete counting concepts and numeral recognition at a young age. The unique Montessori math materials provide a solid foundation to introduce math concepts. The children begin associating numeral symbols with quantities, and continue on to work with the decimal system. The didactic materials are used to illustrate how numbers can be manipulated through the math operations.
Through the exploration of nature, people, and geography of each continent, children learn to appreciate cultures and the needs of others. Cultural Studies work introduces children to the concept of places and times around the world, by working with globes, puzzle maps, flags, and integrated animal study. Basic classification skills and nomenclature are learned through scientific lessons drawing on botany, biology, science and zoology. An early emphasis on cultural studies and peace education is a guiding principle of the Montessori Philosophy.
Current and incoming students of the North Shore Montessori Children's House are invited to join us for summer fun! The program four our youngest friends runs from mid-June through July, and each week has a different theme. We have plenty of free play and outdoor fun, and also a chance for new students to get oriented to the Montessori classroom.
Children should come prepared with a nut-free snack and lunch, change of clothes, bathing suit, hat, towel, sunscreen. etc.
Tuition for a week is $500 for full-day or $300 for half-day and can be paid the Monday of enrollment. Complete medical records, medical permissions slips and signed acknowledgement of our school handbook must be on file before enrollment.
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