Our Programs

Primary

“The human hand, so delicate and so complicated, not only allows the mind to reveal itself but it enables the whole being to enter into a special relationship with its environment.”

Montessori, Maria, The Secret of Childhood

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Age and Ratio

2 years - 1 teacher for 8 children
3 years - 1 teacher for 10 children
4-5 years - 1 teacher for 14 children

Children per class

Maximum of 20

2020-2021 Tuition

Primary (2 years- 5 years): $385.00 per week

Overview

Kids World embraces the educational principles and practices developed by Dr. Maria Montessori based on her extensive observations of children and her deep insights into the goals of education. Our program offers a unique approach to education that respects the individuality of each child within the classroom community, while fostering personal and social growth through a comprehensive range of age-appropriate developmental activities.:  Our classroom goals:

  • Social, cognitive, and physical development. 
  • A peaceful learning community.
  • Carefully prepared environment which feds the needs of every child
  • Concrete materials, everything has a specific purpose.
  • Self-directed activity with gentle guidance and encouragement from the teacher.
  • Multi-age class; mostly individual or small group lessons.

Curriculum

The curriculum is organized into areas with a particular content focus, but all areas support the development of large and fine motor skills, sustained concentration, a sense of order, individual choice and decision-making, self-regulation, self-confidence, independence, responsibility and cooperation. Most activities involve manipulative materials, and the use of each material is usually first demonstrated by the teacher to individual children. Each activity builds on previous learning, and the teacher presents materials in sequence so that each new challenge for the child represents a small additional challenge and promises a high probability of success. It is expected that children will choose to repeat activities until they have mastered that concept or skill. In all areas, the children proceed through the three-year curriculum at their own pace, with teacher guidance and support. The curriculum includes the following areas:

Practical Life

Attractive to our youngest students; practice basic skills; can use with minimal instruction. Examples: pouring, spooning, scrubbing, buttoning, polishing, using tools like tongs or screwdriver.

Develops increased concentration, attention span, independence, self-confidence, and physical coordination.

Sensorial

Provides children an opportunity to explore and refine their senses; attractive to younger or new members of the classroom.

Materials pertain to each of the five senses. Examples: tall tower (child grades cubes from largest to smallest); fabric matching based on texture.

Math

Step-by-step sequence; moves from concrete to abstract; experience the quantity before learning the numeral (the abstract representation of that quantity).

Develops key mathematical skills: 1 to 1 correspondence, quantities and numerals, place value, skip counting, operations (+,-, x, ÷), fractions, geometric shapes, money names and quantities.

Language

Includes: verbal language and listening skills, phonemic awareness, reading and writing development, and children’s literature.

Materials follow a natural, stress-free progression.

Use of a large variety of “hands-on” materials.

Science/Cultural or “Cosmic Education”

In this area, the child explores our world.

Includes: history/social studies (calendar, clock, study of the past, world cultures), geography (flags, maps, study of the continents and U.S.), biology – plants and animals (categories and their differences, parts, life cycles), physical science (such as magnetism and rock/minerals).

Art/Music/Movement

Art: creative work (painting, sculpting, drawing, gluing, cutting); art appreciation (study of artists).

Movement and Music Activities: songs, rhythm instruments, balance and control on the line, yoga, noncompetitive games, and music appreciation

Environment

“What is most characteristic of our system of education is the emphasis placed upon the environment.” Montessori, Maria, The Secret of Childhood

The classroom is designed to be more like a home than a school, with the space divided into room-like areas for each curricular area. In this “children’s house” all furniture, tools and utensils are child-scale. Close attention is paid to the organization and maintenance of the environment, so that it is always clean, consistent, and orderly, with flowers, houseplants and decorative items contributing to its aesthetic beauty. As in a home, specialized areas are needed. A “kitchen” area allows children to prepare food and store cleaning supplies and a cozy area offers a place to rest or look at books. An adjacent bathroom also has child-scale fixtures, and direct access to an outdoor garden is highly desirable. 

The curriculum is implemented through an extensive array of materials and equipment that are easily accessible to the children on low, open shelves. The classic Montessori materials for this age level are arranged in a logical progression in each curricular area. These materials are exceptionally well-designed, high quality educational manipulatives that encourage concentration and attention, refinement of motor skills, pattern recognition, formation of abstract concepts and development of executive function. An important feature of each material is control of error; success is self-evident to the child when the activity is completed. In addition, the materials permit repetition and practice of each activity until mastery is achieved. Supplemental materials are designed to similar standards of quality and precision. 

This prepared environment provides a safe haven for children to explore all aspects of the three-year curriculum at their own pace. The children have the freedom to select the activities of their choice, the right to work with a material for as long as they wish at a table or on a floor mat, and the responsibility for replacing things as they found them. They develop the patience to wait for a material to become available, and they interact with other children and adults throughout the day, seeking adult assistance only as needed.

Daily Schedule

8:00 AM

Arrival

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Self care (hanging up coat, bags and shoe changing)

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Work Cycle
Independent work choice, Bathroom/wash up, Snack station (open from 8- 9:30 am), Bathroom/washup

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

-Outdoor play (weather permitting)
-Bathroom break

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

-Bathroom break
-Lunch prep/ lunch/ clean-up

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

-Bathroom/ wash-up, Nap

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

-Bathroom/Self Care
-Snack prep/snack/ clean-up
-Free choice/ outside
-Pick-up