We also celebrate: Christopher Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln's Birthday, and George Washington's Birthday Each holiday is celebrated with projects, decorations, arts and crafts, stories, songs, etc.
Four Seasons celebrated: Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer learned with projects decorations, arts and crafts, stories, songs, etc.
We also learn about subjects like: oceans, sea creatures, the continents, the American farm and farm animals, trees, insects, plants, fruits and vegetables, geology, , gemstones, mixing colors, learning shapes and geometric solids.
The Montessori Method is based on self discovery. Our hands-on, self-correcting academic materials enable each child to learn on her own and at her own pace. Hence she will have the experience of being self taught, causing her to feel self-confident and self-reliant. All of our materials are interesting and developmentally appropriate so our children are successful in their endeavors and are also challenged to learn even more.
Our classroom is organized into approximately ten different subject areas.
Spanish is taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week during “circle time”. The children learn numbers, letters, phrases, fruits, vegetables, etc. and songs in Spanish. Also, our Christmas concert and Graduation Program include at least one song in Spanish. Music in our classroom takes on different forms. Each day during “circle time” we sing songs. Singing is a big part of our school and our songs are fun, educational, and inspiring. Children memorize songs and enjoy singing them over and over again. We sing a Christmas Concert and a Graduation Program each year.
Our music program includes a set of chimes which are introduced in the beginning of the school year. (These chimes are a lot like a xylophone.) We teach the “C” scale on the chimes and also play simple children's songs that the children can play also. The chimes are on the shelf for the children to use whenever they choose.
In the middle of the school year we bring into the classroom our Montessori Bells. This is a set of beautiful sounding bells on which the children can learn and play scales, notes, and songs. It is up to the child the level of music they are interested in learning. Our classroom is a three year program, so by the third year the child has the opportunity to learn music and play music if they are interested.
Blocks and puzzles are plentiful in our classroom and are another favorite activity. From using these materials, children acquire problem solving skills and develop creative mathematical abilities. The Art Area of our classroom has all sorts of art activities. Painting on an easel is available daily. Applying paint to chunky stamps and stamping on paper is also available daily. Coloring sheets, and colored pencils are also available at all times for the children. Chunky stamps and coloring sheets and various crafts and projects change often and coordinate with current seasons, holidays, and classroom subjects. “Catechesis of the Good Shepherd” is a Montessori/Christian hands-on bible teaching curriculum created by Dr. Maria Montessori. Children are read stories from the bible and are then presented with manipulative figures and props so that they can reenact the story themselves using the figures and props designed for each particular story. For instance, when we read the Christmas story to the children we read the words from the Bible and show the story by using a Nativity Set. That Nativity Set is then placed on a shelf in the classroom, with a small booklet containing the words of the story from the Bible, and each child may take it out and reenact the scene of the birth of Jesus during classroom work time if they should so choose. Some Bible lessons contained in the Catechesis curriculum include: The birth of Jesus, the Last Supper, Jesus and the Children, the story of the Good Shepherd, the parable of the pearl of great price, and others also. Our Library is a peaceful place with many books representing all types of literature. We have picture books, and story books, and children's encyclopedias, as well as first readers, and books of many, many various subjects of interest to children. Trucks, dogs, colors, the human body, space, animals, and Christian children's books are available to the children all day long. Each of our children visit the library each day. Looking at books is a very popular in our classroom. Our Language area starts by introducing the sound each letter makes. We first introduce lower case letters and then upper case. All literature is written in lower case, so if a child is to learn to read (which is the objective of our language area) they will have to know lower case and they will have to know the sounds of the letters.
Writing is learned by tracing letters, tracing shapes, and coloring with colored pencils rather than crayons.
Another area is Math. In our Math area we teach children quantities as well as numbers. A child should understand a number is not just a symbol with a name, it is more accurately the description of a quantity. Our math materials are concrete – that means we present activities that show each number by a concrete sample of it's quantity. The Montessori bead system is complete in it's ability to teach children in a very hands-on, understandable way, numbers and quantities. Another area we call our “Sensorial” area. The type of work in this area requires concentrated thought by the child through the use of their senses. Certain activities would include sorting by size, shape, color, texture, sound, and smell. This work not only develops and heightens the child's senses and awareness, but also prepares children for the academic learning of numbers and letters. First is what we call our “Practical Life” area. In this area children perform simple life skill exercises which produce concentration, confidence, hand/eye coordination, and promote mastery of certain daily life skills, such as: pouring, spooning, threading, using tongs, washing fruit, washing their own hands, buttoning, zippering, folding, etc. Also, food preparation is done in this area of the classroom. During a year we will make applesauce, lemonaide, vegetable soup, salad, muffins, etc. Rather than "play" food we allow the children to make the real thing and then eat it!
The Classroom at “Hinder them not” Montessori School
The classroom measures 160 square feet and is meticulously kept. All materials are in good to excellent condition and are replaced if they are missing any pieces. Each night the entire classroom (including the bathrooms) are completely cleaned. The floors are washed and the rugs are vacuumed every single day.
Most of our materials are self-teaching and self-correcting, therefore the child can learn without dependency on a teacher's correction. The older children in the class will often help and teach the younger children -- the younger children look up to and want to learn from the older children. The harmony between the different ages and the love and appreciation they have for each other is very touching to observe.
Our classroom is a peaceful place of learning where children are free to make self discoveries and develop into the confident, courteous, intelligent, happy people they were created to be.
not forced to do any particular task in a Montessori classroom. Dr. Montessori said “The best time to teach a child something is when they want to learn it”. Therefore our classroom provides work that is attractive and interesting to the children. The child chooses for himself work that appeals to him. Our classroom is one where children love to learn, and the busyness and quiet activity of our 30+ children, (aged 2-1/2 through 6 years old), under the watchful eye of our four teachers, shows the beautiful sight of children enjoying learning. With 400 activities to choose from, the children never tire of their interesting classroom.
The Curriculum at “Hinder them not” Montessori School
Each morning when the children arrive the classroom is filled with much activity and purpose as they perform tasks of interest to them and interact with other children. Children have the choice to work alone or with one or more other classmates. Our open classroom morning work period lasts approximately two hours each day. During that time children will sometimes choose only one or two different activities (they may choose to spend a long time of concentrated effort on their chosen tasks) or they may choose many different activities, depending on their interest of that particular day. Children are
In addition to all of the activities mentioned above, we also have two computers available for the children to use all day long. Most children spend some time on the computer each day. From this time spent on the computer, the children not only gain computer exposure and familiarity, they also benefit from the different skills and knowledge each particular software program teaches. We have a Hydroponic plant growing system in our classroom. (Hydroponics is growing plants in water, instead of soil.) Each year during the winter months we plant lettuce seeds, and the children watch as the lettuce grows. When the lettuce is full grown, we have "salad day". --
Educational, fun, nutritious, and delicious!
The children plant and care for the gardens at "Hinder them not" Montessori school. During outside play time each day the children have the choice to work in the garden. Under the guidance and direction of Mrs. Jaworski, the children prepare the soil, plant the seeds, weed, cultivate, and water. We plant flowers, vegetables, and herbs.
The children cut flowers, put them into vases, bring them inside and place them on the tables of our classroom.
We use our herbs when making salads and soup in school. Sometimes the children cut and bring the herbs home.
The children pick and wash the vegetables. Sometimes they bring them home, sometimes they bring them into the classroom and we prepare them and eat them during school time.
Some of the vegetables and fruits we grow are cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, strawberries, carrots, and radishes.
Each morning, around 10:30 a.m. we gather together for what we call "circle time". We usually begin this time together with a favorite song. We then say the "Pledge of Allegiance", we sing "God Bless America", and we say the "Our Father". The teacher will give lessons on whatever subject the children are currently learning. (The subjects mentioned below are of great interest to the children and they love the lessons and the information they are given.) On Tuesdays and Thursdays Spanish lessons are given. On Wednesdays Catechesis of the Good Shepherd lessons are given. We then sing more songs and have a good time together. The children love circle time. The teacher will read a book, sing and do the Hokey Pokey, Simon Says, etc. And on days when the weather prevents us from going outside, we play the Freeze Dance. This is a fun song, and the children can hop and jump and dance and have fun (and they do!). It's great exercise and so much fun!
Since 2006 our class has supported a World Vision child. His name is Jorge Domingo, and he lives in Guatemala, Central America. The cost is $30 a month and the money is donated solely by the children. The children do small jobs for their parents to earn a quarter or a dollar to bring in for Jorge. We count the money toward the end of each month and the children always make sure we have enough for Jorge. If we're coming up short in a particular month, they always come through.
The children dance the "Freeze Dance"
We have two classroom pets: A turtle named Oscar and an Aquarium of fish. These animals add life and interest to our classroom. The children usually spend a little time each day watching Oscar and the fish.
During the month of October each year, the children at “Hinder them not” Montessori School learn a lot about Native Americans. We have many pictures of how they used to live here in our country. Our children learn Tribe names, make breast plates, head bands, drums and rattles.
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We love to celebrate holidays!
Our Christmas concert is a special time for building confidence, having fun, and celebrating the birth of our savior for our young children as they learn songs, sing, and perform for their parents, grandparents, and friends. Valentine's Day is great fun in our classroom. We put out a lot of special work and decorate with red hearts, lights, garland, and lace.