The Kindergarten Classroom
At Mel-O-Dee, the Kindergarten year is the time when many of the previous lessons given to children come together, to become an enduring part of their young minds. Adhering to the Montessori requirement of mixed-age classrooms, our Kindergarteners share their classroom with 3-5 year olds during the morning work session, while performing age appropriate activities. During the afternoon work session which begins at 11:00 am, the Kindergarteners have their classrooms to themselves, allowing for more individualized and focused work. Our Kindergarteners are provided with one-on-one learning opportunities in the subject areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language and Literacy, Math, Geography, Science, the Arts, and Social/Cultural awareness. Upon completion of our 3 year Montessori program, our children are equipped with a strong all-rounded foundation, and past experience has proven that they out-perform their peers at the elementary school of their choice.
Our Montessori Kindergarten teachers act as guides for the students, facilitating their learning in the classroom. They are highly aware of each child's developmental levels and ensure that each child is afforded individualized attention and a customized learning plan.
The Kindergarten curriculum at Mel-O-Dee is carefully structured according to the Kindergarten Common Core Standards, and is integrated to demonstrate the connections between the different areas of a Montessori classroom.
A full range of Montessori materials are provided in the following areas:
- Language Arts: The Kindergarten Language Arts curriculum builds on foundations laid in the Montessori Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs, setting the stage for children to master reading and writing skills. In addition, children acquire spelling and dictation skills, penmanship and handwriting skills, and also learn the parts of speech and grammar. A high level of comprehension is acquired, enabling students to answer oral questions about content and sequencing. Skills learned here are easily transcended to other subject areas. For example, children will be able to write a story explaining the life-cycle of an insect or explain a mathematical equation in story form.
- Mathematics: All worldly functions are related to mathematics in one way or another. Thus, the ability to apply math skills in other areas of study such as art and sensory activities is most beneficial. The four basic mathematical operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are taught in detail, building on the skills learned in Pre-Kindergarten. Students work with the number categories of units, tens, hundreds and thousands, comprehend the concept of zero and learn to tell time. They also learn to count in 2's, 5's and 10's. A majority of the math curriculum in dedicated to Geometry and related lessons include the Geometry Cabinet, Geometric Solids, Constructive Triangles and the Binomial and Trinomial Cubes.
- Physical and Cultural Geography: In our Geography curriculum our students look at the earth, our home, study its weather, seasons, its various formations of land and water, and learn its place in the Solar System. A major portion of this curriculum consists of the study of world maps. Children explore the continents of the world, their culture and wild life, and learn about the states that form United States of America.
- Advanced Practical Life: When children enter the Montessori Kindergarten program, they are already familiar with the basic practical life activities. Now they are presented with the opportunity to apply their acquired skill set to real world activities such as food preparation and cooking. They also learn basic etiquette and sewing, where they create projects using running stitch, cross stitch and blanket stitch. These Advanced Practical Life activities help children to develop a high level of concentration, patience, and improve their fine motor skills, while evoking a sense of respect for others and their environment.
- Fine Arts: Our students are exposed a number of famous artists and their works. Children are introduced to the art techniques used by these established artists and are provided with the opportunity to experiment with various art media to create their own unique works of art.