Whispering Oak Montessori Academy's Curriculum
Our academic curriculum is based on the Montessori method. We pride ourselves on a low student-to-teacher ratio. The teachers guide the children with activities that introduce and strengthen not only their academic skills, but their social skills as well. The school program is also enriched by principles of the Reggio Emilia approach, with its attention to group activities and the arts.
Therefore, in addition to the "basics,” we offer students a wide range of gross motor and creative opportunities including weekly music appreciation classes, ongoing dance and art workshops, and martial arts. We include enrichment activities that extend our students' knowledge and understanding of the world outside the classroom--exploring continents, countries around the world, their languages, cultures and traditions. To give the children a greater appreciation of their community, each year we organize field trips to a working farm, a post office, a fire station, and other local places of interest.
Whispering Oak Montessori School offers programs for children 18 months to 6 years of age. Montessori educational programs provide students with a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning and personal growth.
•Allow students to work at their own individual pace, with the teacher introducing new materials only as current materials are mastered, to ensure success rather than frustration. •Put emphasis on the process rather than the product of learning. •Promote mastery of self and environment, self-discipline, and social competence. •Explore math, language, geography, botany & science, social studies, art and music, involving children in a series of sequential, manipulative, and sensorial activities that lead them from concrete to abstract learning.
Dreamers - Infant Room (eight weeks to 17 months)
Infants and toddlers need, first and foremost, the care and nurturing unique to each individual child's development. Our Infant/Toddler qualified teachers are handpicked for their ability to identify and be highly responsive to the needs of the littlest ones in our program. Because infant and toddler development progresses and changes so rapidly, our program is characterized by relationship-based caregiving, meaning that our teachers know the needs, likes and dislikes of each child.
Curriculum for The Dreamers must of necessity be flexible, allowing the teachers to put the children's needs first, and thus enabling the little ones to safely and comfortably explore and grow in their own environment. Activities revolve around feeding, napping, and changing times, so that the infants' physical needs are tended to, and their comfort maintained. A balance of indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) playtime and restful experiences are offered. These include stories, sensory exploration.
Adventurers/Explorers -Toddler (ages 18 months to 3 years)
The Toddler Program is designed specifically for children age 18 months to 2 ½ years of age. This is where basic motor coordination, independence, and language development are fostered, and individual personality is respected. The program is ideal for giving a child a nurturing social community where very young children experience their first contact with other children and learn to participate in a cooperative group.
Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten (3 years to 4 years)
The goal of the Preschool Program is to help the child develop mastery of self and environment, self-discipline and social competence. The tasks and exercises are divided into 5 areas of learning: Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language and Culture. Academics will be guided through concrete, manipulative materials using all five senses to help lay the groundwork for abstract thinking. Children in this program will be introduced to basic foreign language. They will also be exposed to a variety of cultural experiences such as art, music, drama through in-house performances, and classroom presentations.
The preschool classrooms are carefully designed and divided into areas of activity. Areas of learning are defined, but are spacious enough to allow plenty of room for social interaction and activities required for growth and development. Teachers lead the class using Montessori materials and activities that are designed to arouse the children's interest and involvement. As an aid to this period of the child's development, individual work is encouraged.
The areas of learning include large muscle movement and fine motor exercises for hand and eye coordination. Practical Life exercises such as dressing - buttoning, zipping and tying their own shoe laces - and setting a table, are introduced early, providing opportunities for children to care for themselves and their environment. Lessons on grace and courtesy are practiced daily to help the children learn to share and be considerate of others.
Inventors - Kindergarten (5 -6 years)
The Kindergraten Program is a continuation of what the children have learned in the Preschool Program. This program provides a full expression of the Montessori principles of self-directed, individualized learning in a truly intergrated curriculum. The children will now move from concrete to abstract reasoning and problem solving.
Beginning with practical and social skills, children in this program learn to keep track of their belongings, to put things away, and to share materials. Children in this program will be introduced to library time, foreign language, and physical education. They will continue to be exposed to various cultural experiences in art, music, and play an active role in drama providing in-house performances, classroom presentations, and field trips.
We are also committed to parent education. For interested parents, we will offer a number of workshops throughout the year to help you better understand and support your children’s development.