Discovery Montessori Academy offers an outstanding preschool program. We use the word “work” to describe the activities children are engaged doing. The materials are designed to facilitate the child’s development and they teach many facts and skills in the major areas of practical life, sensorial, cultural studies, language, and math. Each child is capable of mastering the material presented, which helps to develop self-esteem and makes the child proud of his or her accomplishments. Our classrooms are designed to give the child the ability to work in a free environment. Our Montessori-based materials are geared to the child’s size, pace, abilities, and interests.
Most activities are done individually, so that the child can move at his or her own pace independently. The classrooms are designed with emphasis on the child’s innate need for movement. The use of materials involves walking, carrying, pouring, speaking, and particularly the constant use of hands – the hand is the chief teacher of the child. All activity is guided by respect for the equipment, respect for the work of others, and respect for the teacher. Self-discipline is acquired through work.
Practical Life: These activities involve care of self, care of the indoor and outdoor environments, grace, and courtesy. The 3-year old child begins here with simple activities like pouring, spooning, sweeping etc., to develop eye-hand coordination, concentration, and lengthening the span of attention for more complex activities that follow.
Sensorial: These materials are used to train and refine the senses. Each material emphasizes one defining quality like color, shape, weight, texture, while minimizing or eliminating others. Hence the child is being indirectly prepared for later mathematical concepts.
Math: The world of numbers is explored through the use of concrete material to assimilate the facts of arithmetic. First the concrete form is introduced to the child, then the abstract symbol. The form and the symbol are then placed together relating the concrete and the abstract. In a Montessori classroom there are many materials that can be used for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.
Language: The language materials includes objects and pictures to be named, labeled or matched to aid vocabulary development. Textured Sandpaper Letters help the child to learn sounds of the letters before the alphabetical names because it is the sounds he hears first. Writing or the construction of words almost always precedes reading, which follows quite naturally following the various word building exercises.
Cultural Activities: These include various activities in the study of geography using maps to learn about the world and the continents in detail. Activities about animals, plants, the solar system, and our environment are presented. Science experiments are performed indoors and outdoors. History is studied in the form of timelines.
We welcome you to visit our Academy so that we can share with you all of our unique offerings to ensure that your child has the very best child care and educational experience in Discovery. In addition to our academically-based Montessori program, we also offer a myriad of extracurricular activities (piano, swimming, art class) to take care of the day care needs of professional parents who are seeking a high quality full-day child care program.