Our early childhood program is for children 3-6 years old. Our Montessori curriculum focuses on the basics of math and language and incorporates science, art, social studies, movement and music.
Montessori is unique by design because it is customizable to the development of the child rather than what a child "should be" learning at a given age. The curriculum is moved up or slowed down to meet the natural pace of your little one, right where they are.
9:00-9:15am - Morning Arrival
9:15-9:30am - Morning Large Group Lesson at the Circle Rug
9:30-11:45am - Independent work time. Children choose the work they would like to work on and teachers give individual and small group lessons.
11:45-12:00pm - Afternoon Large Group Lesson at the circle rug and dismissal.
12:00-12:45pm Extended Lunch Hour
The perfect patient environment to give your child the time and space they need to learn how to have an independent lunch.
Dr. Maria Montessori developed her style of education over 100 years ago. Just as Montessori knew 100 years ago, and studies and research from Harvard still prove today, that the first six years of a child's life are the most critical building blocks for their foundation and their continued success in life. Thriving Day Academy believes every child is unique and understands that what they learn during our time with us is pivotal to their future success.
The best way to see the difference is to visit our beautiful school. Our school is furnished with curated Montessori learning materials that excite and invite a children to learn.
From the pink tower, the moveable alphabet, and the golden beads to the living specimens for our zoology studies you will feel like you've walked into an interactive kids museum when you enter our school.
A mixed age classroom has many benefits.
Mirrors the real world
Mixed age classrooms mirror the way our society actually works. We all learn at different paces and work with people of varying ages and different sets of knowledge and skills. We learn from people who know more than us and solidify our learning by teaching others.
Freedom within limits is the way that order is maintained in a Montessori environment. Children have the choice to choose what they want to work on as long as they've had a lesson on how to use the material and they are respecting the ground rules of the classroom environment.
Typical Ground Rules usually include:
Respect for all living things -
All living things deserve our respect. We work hard to teach children that even the smallest ant that made it into the classroom has the right to be moved back outside to where it belongs. Respect for all living things is taught and reinforced through our zoology and social studies lessons.
Inside Voices -
Children are encouraged to use inside voices so they don't interrupt the other children who are working.
Walking Feet -
There are many learning materials in the classroom and children are encouraged to use walking feet at the classroom is a busy place and running could be hazardous. (Although we have a large movement space where running and getting your wiggles out is also encouraged!)
Putting away work when finished -
In a classroom full of materials children are encouraged to put their work away before they move to something new in order to foster their sense of order and self discipline.