At Childrens’ Manor and Children’s Magnet, we focus on the development of the whole child and over the last 25 years have built a curriculum that balances your child’s social/emotional, cognitive, physical and academic development.
Our core curriculum consists of the five Montessori learning areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Cultural (History, Geography, Science & Arts) Studies. Our Proprietary Montessori Links curriculum differentiates us from other Montessori schools, preschools, and daycares by integrating these five core Montessori learning areas with an interdisciplinary learning experience in Character Development, STEM, Continent Connections, and Author Study & Arts. Going beyond content knowledge, our curriculum emphasizes higher order thinking, problem solving and association between different areas of study.
Practical life includes life skills to help develop independence, coordination, concentration, self-control, self-awareness, confidence and include:
Sensorial activities allows the child to refine each of their senses: Sight, Touch, Smell, Taste, Sound and kinestistic (physical). Includes the manipulation of specifically designed materials that isolate qualities. Refines fine motor skills, visual and auditory senses and develops coordination and the ability to order and classify.
Cultural Studies allows the child to explore the natural world around them and includes studying Geography (continents, landforms, earth layers, solar system), Zoology (classification, physiology of animals), Botany (ecology, classification, physiology of plants), History (time lines, using a calendar) and Science.
Mathematics is developed with the use of concrete learning materials. The sensorial area is the preparation for mathematics. Hands-on materials are used such as number rods, sandpaper numbers, number boards, spindle box, number tiles, beads, and games. Each exercise builds upon another and the child gradually moves to from concrete to abstract areas such as place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and fractions.
Language is based on phonetic awareness. Children work through specific hands-on and tactile language materials such as the sandpaper letters to the moveable alphabet. Language is not an isolated topic but runs through the curriculum. The spoken language is the foundation for writing and then reading.
For each month in the academic year, the Montessori Links curriculum is developed around a Theme and a Continent Study that incorporates work across the five Montessori learning areas. These monthly themes integrate age-appropriate activities and materials into the daily routine, allowing children to interact with complex topics with appropriate interconnectivity and repetition. This prepares children with a more conceptual understanding critical for their future success.
November is a time we focus on the theme of Gratitude and the continent of North America. All students have discussions about Character, Accountability, Thanksgiving, and Appreciation for the world around them. Within the language learning area, an author related to North America, along with relevant works of poetry and folktales are chosen. The life and work of artists and musicians are also similarly experienced through videos and interactive demonstrations, while time is spent studying the culture and geography of countries in North America.