Programs

Programs

10:1 Student-teacher ratio, class size of 20 with two teachers. All programs 5-days/week with an early release on Fridays. AM, PM, full, and extended day options.

At age 3, children begin to develop order, concentration, coordination, and independence by being introduced to lessons that mimic daily Life, such as taking Care of self, environment, and grace and courtesy lessons. The E.C. students are encouraged to think for themselves by working independently and in small groups of 2-3. The goal of a Montessori classroom is to build intrinsic motivation, curiosity, and love of learning in every child.

10:1 Student-teacher ratio, class size of 20 with two teachers. The program is 5-days/week with an early release on Fridays.

The elementary child has reached the stage of development where they like to know the cause and effect of everything surrounding them. The lower elementary child begins to develop abstract thinking skills and imagination with the guidance of the Five Great Lessons. Our program continues to feature small group and one-on-one lessons, with a focus on building a community within this group.

10:1 Student-teacher ratio, class size of 20 with two teachers. The program is 5-days/week with an early release on Fridays.

The child has moved beyond cause and effect to “how.” The focus in this age group is to make sense of the incoherent data and ideas they are experiencing in the world. Social interactions are fundamental, and we honor this by offering more collaborative group projects. Students are expected to plan their daily schedules in one-week increments.

Art, Chess, Dance, Gardening, Health Education, Music, P.E., Spanish, and Yoga

WHY FIVE DAYS A WEEK?

In the Montessori approach to education, consistency is essential in developing the child’s sense of order and responsibility. They genuinely feel that the classroom is their second home, and the desire to maintain and care for it. At this formative age, a routine is of the utmost importance. The idea is that the more consistency now, the better the foundation for learning in the future. Often, the problems that arise later, such as lack of discipline and lack of concentration, are a direct result of the failure to provide a consistent basis for education.

WHY MONTESSORI FOR KINDERGARTEN?

Montessori has been consistently acclaimed as one of the most developmentally appropriate models available in the world for early childhood and elementary education. The primary reason to keep your child in Montessori for Kindergarten is to complete this maturation process, from the youngest student in the classroom to the oldest. Children will have the opportunity to develop academically; ultimately, they will also have the opportunity to grow socially. As Dr. Maria Montessori says, the child is like a flower that needs to be tended. Once it starts to bloom, it must continue to be stimulated and cared for, as it has been from the very start. Science continues to validate the procedures and methods Montessori invented and that have been in practice for over one hundred years.

WHY A THREE YEAR COMMITMENT?

Authentic Montessori programs occur in 3-year cycles; the two preschool years and the Kindergarten year children all together in one classroom that WEM calls the Early Childhood Program. The same 3-year cycle carries over into the WEM Lower and Upper Elementary programs where students in either 1st to 3rd grade or 4th to 6th grade share a single classroom. In WEM multi-age classrooms, students inspire students. Students of all ages naturally absorb the lessons being given around them. Individual instruction deepens learning intensity, and movement and student-driven discovery fuel academic and social development.

This structure offers many benefits. Children can progress at their own pace without grade level stigma. Younger children learn from older children and aspire to do what they are doing. In turn, older children further their mastery of subject matter and receive immeasurable academic confidence by acting as teachers to younger children. Mixed-aged classrooms also assist in developing more persuasive social and emotional skills by creating classroom “societies” where all children have input and agree upon the rules that will govern their community.

Authentic, mixed-aged Montessori classrooms are vibrant with developmentally appropriate materials, teaching methodologies, and individualized instruction. Intellectually rigorous yet nurturing, WEM programs are carefully designed to help each child successfully make the journey from wonder-filled childhood to self-assured, optimistic adulthood.

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