Additional Activities

Field Trips: Educational field trips are scheduled to places such as museums, performing arts centers, and nature centers. Parents are required to transport their child to and from the site.

Art: Art class exposes children to many materials and methods along with an introduction to the work of a variety of artists. We make sculptures with clay, wire and wood. We collage using papers and natural objects, draw with graphite and charcoal, and experiment with printmaking techniques and painting. Each class presents an idea that the children can use as a starting point. Everyone freely interprets how to respond using the materials provided. The fun of the art-making process is the emphasis.

Music: Our music and movement program is designed to nurture each child's natural ability to make music. We create a musical environment through various activities including singing, poetry, dancing, playing simple percussion instruments and echoing melodic and rhythmic patterns. Poetry allows us to the feel the rhythm of spoken language. Echoing melodic and rhythmic patterns helps us develop musical language and acquire fundamental musical building blocks. Dancing and purposeful movement leads us to feel and express the sounds our ears absorb and internalize rhythm. Finally, singing and playing simple percussion instruments provide a creative outlet. As a result, we build a solid musical foundation for later success in playing an instrument and simply nurturing each child's innate attraction to music.

The program is based on the internationally recognized Musikgarten curriculum co-created by Audrey Sillick, founder and Director Emeritus of the Toronto Montessori Teacher Training Institute and early childhood music specialist, Lorna Heyge. Together, the two authors wrote curricula that reflect their combined education, experience, and the latest research in childhood development. Their beliefs and studies are at the core of the Musikgarten curricula.

Cooking: Cooking provides your child with concrete experiences which develop concepts that relate to all subject areas. For example: Math- how to measure a Tablesppon, teaspoon, etc., or how to cut a strawberry in fourths or a grape in halves; Science - how baking powder causes the muffins to rise or that heat can change an egg from a liquid to a solid; Geography - that vanilla comes from a bean pod grown in Mexico or that bananas originated in southeast Asia; Language - definitions of “sift”, “chop”, “whisk”, “rotary beater”, and how to read the pictures and words on the recipe direction cards.

Special Events: Students also take part in special events such as class breakfast, guest speakers, parent/child visit, extended family visit, and winter celebration.

Spanish (at an additional cost): Basic topics such as numbers, letters, colors and greetings are among some of the subjects covered during the weekly lessons.

The first duty of an education is to stir up life, but leave it free to develop.

- Maria Montessori