Mixed Ages Group Classes
Classes are characterized by simplicity, aesthetics and order to meet the needs of each child. The focus of the environment is on fostering basic trust in the child in an environment where the adult is caring, respectful and responsive to the toddler’s physical, emotional and psychological needs. It conveys the message of unconditional love and acceptance.
Montessori Bilingual Academy of Rockledge, provides a warm, energetic, educational home. The child will acquire a love for learning, which will ultimately help them achieve their full potential. Our goal is to inspire children to be social, caring, and responsible human beings. Our classrooms are prepared with highly qualified Montessori certified teachers. The multi-age classrooms allow for children to learn from one-another, work as a team and learn to collaborate together.
Primary focus at this age level is language enrichment. A vast exploration of language is done in this age group where students explore language through their senses. They will start to develop spoken language and learn how to communicate with others. We support these milestones through books, songs, poems, and language materials. All activities are aimed to support new vocabulary and encourage open communication. Dual-Immersion in Spanish is also implemented daily, and children will hear, recognize and learn both languages simultaneously.
In the Montessori Classroom the child has the ability to choose work themselves, they are able to complete purposeful tasks found in the real-world. In the Practical Life Curriculum, children are taught every day jobs such as: cleaning (sweeping, dusting, dusting, washing, polishing), gardening (caring for plants, nature, and the environment). It allows the child to gain independence and self sufficiency. Children gain self-confidence by completing their work independently, and master the skills to successfully complete the tasks.
Motor Skill & Problem Solving
In the Montessori Classroom, each child is evaluated and a curriculum is adapted specifically for them. We believe each child is their own individual person and must be treated as so. We develop an appropriate curriculum based on the child’s development, and formulate it to meet their basic needs and standards. We develop activities for the child to understand cause and effect, make choices, solve problems and pursue goals. All activities also focus on the fine and large motor skills.
Grace and Courtesy –
We strive for every child to learn and understand the importance of respect, consideration, grace and courtesy. Mixed age groups allow for the child to communicate with others, to learn from others, and to collaborate together. Our educators will show the child courteous interactions, instead of constantly correcting the child’s behavior. These interactions are ultimately imitated by the child.
…the child, who can now walk and feels confident of his strength, begins to notice the actions of those about him, and tries to do the same things. In this period he imitates not because someone has told him to do so, but because of a deep inner need which he feels. –MARIA MONTESSORI
1 year to 2.5 years old class
We offer 3 different options for your child:
Half-Day Program: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Full-Day Program: 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Extended-Day Program: 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
5 Day program, 3 Day Program (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday), 2 Day Program (Thursday, Friday)
2.5 years to 3.5 years old class
5 Day Program
With mixed-age groups, the younger children learn to observe, imitate, and learn from the older children. In return, the older children build confidence in their knowledge, develops leadership skills, and obtains a sense of belonging.
The classroom is composed of work or materials, but not toys. They will develop independence, self-confidence, self-esteem and a love for learning. All the work materials are placed at a child’s level. It attributes a sense of belonging, ownership, and autonomy. The classroom has a sense of inner peace, children work better in an environment where noise-level is limited allowing for further concentration for their work.
All work is based on concrete learning. The child learns through the exploration of their senses, and hands-on materials. Presentation of materials will be taught daily, until the child has mastered their lesson. Children learn from repetition and will correct their own errors, instead of relying on others. This allows the children to have self-confidence and increase their desire to learn.
5 Day Program
This is a 3 year program. It allows for the older children (Kindergartners) to become the leaders, mentors, helpers, and role models to the younger children. In return the younger children, admire the older children and successfully learn from their peers.
Practical Life –
Allows the child to successfully complete complex activities that must be performed in order to achieve results. It allows the child to comprehend and execute functioning skills. Allows for concentration, and it prepares the child for writing by strengthening fine motor skills. The child will comprehend problem-solving which is the foundation of creative expression, including science, math, programming, writing, art, engineering, and athletics.
Provides didactic material aiding the child’s exploration of certain aspects of the environment such as: dimension, color, texture, temperature, length, shape, etc. Allows for the child to arrange, classify and describe the impressions of the surrounding world. Many of the sensorial activities are directly related to math and geometry concepts and help create order for your child’s mind in preparation for mathematical concepts.
Consists of a sequence of materials which begin with concrete and finishes with abstract concepts. This assists the child to comprehend concepts of numbers, symbols, operations, sequencing, and memorization of basic facts.
Allows for oral language development and nomenclature. We introduce the phonetic sounds of the letters, which allows the child to build simple words then sentences with a movable alphabet. The children will be able to express oneself through writing, basic grammar and literature.
Cultural Activities –
Includes art, geography, zoology, botany, history, music all of which allows for an overall richness in the Montessori Curriculum. It provides the children with a knowledgeable foundation of the world around them.
“Montessori is an education for independence, preparing not just for school, but for life” Dr. Montessori.