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Programs


The Parent-Infant Community

(4 months – 18 months)

From the very beginning, Montessori encourages a child to explore the world around him. The Parent-Infant Community offers children an environment designed just for them that is an extension of life at home. This program, which parents attend with their children, provides an introduction to Montessori education and initiates the child’s transition from the world of the family to a school community.

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The Toddler Community

(18 months – 3 years)

At this age, the child is moving toward greater independence. The Toddler Community offers the child a bridge between home and the outside world in a gentle, nurturing way. Here, the child is free to explore this beautiful and interesting environment with a teacher as her guide. The daily preparation of food is an important part of the child’s work as she begins to gain practical skills and develop social awareness.

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The Primary Classroom

(3-6 years)

Around the age of three, the child is ready to move into the more complex and exciting world of the Primary Classroom. Specifically designed materials allow children to continue their exploration in a more structured way.

Practical life exercises, such as wood polishing and watering plants, help the child gain mastery of his body and learn to care for his environment. Sensorial materials help him to discriminate and classify aspects of his environment. Language and mathematics come from hands-on materials that lay a concrete foundation for future learning. Social experience is an integral part of life in the classroom – younger children learn from the older ones and the older children learn how to help the young ones.

Once he is five, a child has developed the physical and mental capacity to stay at school all day. With a smaller group of children in the afternoon, he has time to work with peers on more academic tasks to prepare him for the next level of schooling.

There are two options for pick up times:

• 8:30 am – 11:30 am (Half Day option)

• 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (Full Day option, required for Kindergarten age)

There is also the possibility of before and after school care if needed:

• Drop off at 7:30 am

• Pick up as late as 5:00 pm

 

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Six Weeks Summer Programs:

6 week session (dates vary)

3 – 8 year olds (Tuesday – Thursday) 9:00 – 12:00 pm

Primary Summer Program

Our summer Primary program is for registered Prairie Flower children only. Children entering the Primary class in September for the first time are also eligible. This program is a more relaxed continuation of our Montessori curriculum. The children are able to take advantage of our beautiful outdoor environment and can do more outside work in the garden and chicken yard, go hiking to see the neighbor’s horses, and explore all the flower and fauna in our pond, woodland and meadows.

Elementary Summer Program

Our Elementary Summer Camp is for children who have completed a three year primary cycle of work. It builds on the Montessori foundation they have received and is offered for graduates who are entering lst,2nd, and 3rd grades. Older alumni are eligible when space is available. Each summer’s experience builds on the previous one.

This camp offers elementary children the five great lessons of the Montessori Elementary Curriculum which will lead them to a deeper awareness of the universe and our Earth. The time lines of: Creation, Life on Earth, Story of Humans, Story of mathematics and the Story of Written Language are told. The children work in groups on projects of interest. A culmination activity is presented to their parents and the Primary children at the end of the camp.

6 week session (dates vary) 3 – 8 year olds (Tuesday – Thursday) 9:00 – 12:00 pm

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