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Early Childhood

Preschool & Kindergarten

Please note that WEM cannot hold your space without tuition payment at the beginning of each school year if your child is not fully potty trained and ready for school. Our rhyming rule of thumb for readiness is as follows; no spitters or hitters, fighters or biters, and nappers or crappers!

The Age of the Absorbent Mind

  • 12:1 Student Teacher Ratio
  • Maximum Class Size of 24 Students
  • Two Teachers Per Classroom
  • All Programs are 5-Days/Week
  • AM, PM, Full and Extended Day Options

The Montessori Early Childhood classroom focuses on assisting each child become an individual while building a strong cognitive foundation.  Children in the Early Childhood classrooms are learning to think for themselves, are becoming intrinsically motivated and are learning to self-regulate their emotions toward social harmony.

Preliminary academics in math and language are addressed through specifically designed materials that introduce the ideas of quantity and value, and reading and writing.  As the children progress individually in classrooms at WEM, they are exposed to more abstract concepts that are made concrete through the use of manipulative materials rather than textbooks and worksheets.  Dittos are not for kiddos!  These tactile materials bring to life the mathematical operations of addition, subtractions, multiplication and division as well the formation of sounds, reading and writing through the manipulation of language materials.  Authentic Montessori materials contribute to both neurological and physical memory by strengthening the hand-to-brain connection.

The child’s young brain continues to develop rapidly, and the authentic Montessori environment at WEM is prepared accordingly.  The connection between the mind and the body is still key at this age.  Classrooms are filled with sensorial materials to help each child become more independent, learn foundational academic principles, effectively manage emotions and expand intellectually.

The materials in the Montessori classroom at WEM encourage hands-on discovery, reinforce the hand-to-brain connection and utilized discovery-based teaching results in fostering academic and emotional self-esteem, makes the lessons and work they do more meaningful and interesting, and teaches independent and critical thinking skills.  As children progress in age and skill they are able to give lessons to younger children which equates to an immeasurable academic and social self-confidence.

To see an overview of the complete Early Childhood curriculum materials please CLICK HERE.

OUR MISSION VISION
Our mission is to nurture in each child a respect for self, others and the environment through academic excellence, a global perspective and environmental awareness utilizing the philosophy, methods, and materials advocated by Dr. Maria Montessori.
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Bill Nye

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Bill Nye

There really is no such thing as race. We are one species — each of us much, much more alike than different. We all come from Africa. We all are of the same stardust. We are all going to live and die on the same 

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Albert Einstein

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Albert Einstein

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Dr. Seuss

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Nathan Sawaya

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Steve Jobs

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