Program Types

Infants

In the infant classroom there is a low student teacher ratio. Our staff, well versed in the Montessori Method, realizes that even a pre-verbal child can communicate through the use of movements. The prepared environment and sensorial training, which Dr. Montessori developed, is consistent with developmental needs and capabilities of a very young child.

The infant room at Warren Montessori is a piece of art. The toys and other objects in the room are carefully selected. The room is calm and quiet so that an infant can concentrate on what he is doing. Too much noise and over stimulation can make an infant drowsy and sleepy, blocking out all possibility of learning.

With our knowledge of brain development and the process of myelination (where development starts) our classrooms are designed to aid in each child’s development. We nurture the infant’s social & emotional development making the child feel important. As a result, the child learns to trust that his/her teacher cares for him/her.

Toddlers

The toddler program is geared to the development of motor skills. The children at this age love to work on practical life and sensorial exercises. Since the material is attractive and placed on low shelves it is easily accessible to the children.

There are many activities for the development of language. Vocabulary building rhyming words, sequencing and opposites are just a few ways in which a child’s language is developed.

Social skills are taught. Sharing and taking turns and care and concern for each other are included in the daily lessons plan. The teacher or caregiver sets the tone of a child’s day. She provides a wealth of opportunity in which he can educate his mind. Due to their limited attention span the toddlers work in half hour sessions. Toilet training takes place in this classroom.

The teacher holds and communicates with them in a very comforting manner. This is also a time of great sensitivity to language, spatial relationships, music, art, social graces and so much more. During this period the mind is stimulated by the child’s exposure to a rich environment.

The brain will literally develop a much stronger and lasting ability to learn and accomplish. The contribution of the teachers at Warren is of incredible importance in a child’s education.

Primary

The children in the primary classroom range from 3-6 years. Between 3-4 years, the child shows an interest in exercises preparing him/her for writing. Objects like knobbed cylinders, geometric cabinets, sand paper letters and metal insets all help in the refinement of the eye hand co-ordination. He can handle a pencil and is interested in reproducing the letters of the alphabet. The equipment the child uses at this stage will help him/her to develop the concentration and working habits necessary for more advanced exercises to be performed at the ages of 5 to 6 years. It is the intent of the Teacher to provide guidance and a positive experience allowing them to make choices within set limits. All this creates a viable atmosphere.

Each classroom is divided in 5 major areas:

Practical life

Practical life exercises involve taking care of the “self” and the environment. These exercises improve the coordination, working habits, concentration and attention span of a child.

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Sensorial

The sensorial material in the classroom helps the child to become aware of details by offering him strongly contrasted sensations. The Montessori Sensorial materials help the child to distinguish and categorize all the new lessons she is taught.

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Language Arts

Children are taught phonics with the help of picture cards, object boxes and sand paper letters. They form words with movable alphabet. A child as young as 4 years of age gets started on reading and writing.

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Mathematics

Pre-math starts at the age of 2 when the cognitive curriculum activities are presented in practical life and sensorial curriculum. The children learn sequence, recognition, quality of numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Some children who excel are capable of doing decimal system and fractions at 5 years of age.

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Cultural

In this class the children learn about history, geography including various land and water forms. They perform science experiments. Reading and writing skills are used extensively in these activities.Enrichment Program Every week we offer music, Spanish and Computer classes, gardening and nature study is also a part of the curriculum. Children do cooking and Art projects on regular basis.

Students develop order, coordination, concentration and independence. It builds on the understanding and skills learned in the Toddler Classroom; freedom of movement within limits, order and sequence of material, individualized lessons, ability to make constructive choices, socialization, following directions, waiting for turns and eventually sharing.

Self-correction and self-assessment are an integral part of the classroom approach. Teacher and children interact with one another to develop positive relationships.

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Elementary

Lower Elementary is an environment where children receive individual lessons according to their level of development, in this way every child’s individual educational needs are met. Each child’s Work Plan is structured to meet his/her individual learning style. Students advance at their own pace using hands-on materials, with this method the child is allowed to learn the way he/she learns most effectively, by doing things themselves. Active learning with hands on tasks supports growth of social skills, reflection and ability to problem solve.

The curriculum is a series of sequential lessons; as one concept is mastered in a given subject the next is introduced. The carefully prepared lessons in the Elementary curriculum are designed to be self-correcting, build self-reliance and foster a love of learning. The unique Montessori lessons begin with concrete realities moving sequentially into abstract theory. The development of critical thinking develops naturally in this type of environment where each child is allowed the freedom to follow his/her own intrinsic curiosity.

Some of the basic principles of the Montessori Method are the need for repetition. Children need to be free to repeat an action (lesson learned) as many times as they wish till they reach total comprehension and thus mastery. This creates the passion that develops when children are learning subjects in a manner that spark their interests Independence is another significant aspect, children are encouraged to make discoveries and solve problems on their own. The beauty is in offering choice within limits which encourages children to think for themselves while developing self discipline, all aspects working together to develop self-confidence that will serve them a lifetime!

Math & Geometry

The math curriculum uses specially designed material to give the visual and tangible impressions of our base ten math system, as well as geometric and algebraic concepts. Problem solving becomes an adventure through the use of a multitude of lessons and works, each concept building towards another.

Geometry

Language/Grammar

The Language curriculum addresses the five major skill areas; grammar, word study, composition using the 6 writing traits and guided reading focusing on fluency and comprehension. Techniques are phonic based allowing the child to learn to read and write naturally while mastering comprehension.

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Cultural Lessons

The cultural lessons encompass History, Physical and Political Geography, and Science. These lessons lay a strong foundation for cultural awareness, geographical concepts, and complex scientific theory. Areas designed to promote creative thinking and problem solving on a global level.

Geography

Botany and Zoology

Science and nature studies are designed to open the student’s minds to the world around them. Zoology focuses on the structure, function, behavior, and evolution of animals. Botany investigates the structure, growth and reproduction of plants.

Botany

Practical Life

Addresses the moral senses of right and wrong with use of the “peace rose” in learning to work through disagreements in a healthy positive manner. Food preparation, laundry and classroom jobs and responsibilities all work together in forming a well round individual.

The elementary children are given opportunities to work together or alone to pursue individual or group interests. Their teacher facilitates creativity, independent thinking and personal responsibility.

Some of the basic principles of the Montessori Method are the need for repetition. Children need to be free to repeat an action (lesson learned) as many times as they wish till they reach total comprehension and thus mastery.

This creates the passion that develops when children are learning subjects in a manner that spark their interests. The beauty is in offering choice within limits which encourages children to think for themselves with all aspects working together to develop self-confidence that will serve them a lifetime!