Community Montessori School maintains high standards in educating and guiding student learning. The Montessori approach nests academic learning in respectful social interaction so as to grow minds along with character.
CMS Classrooms: Three Year Cycles
Community Montessori School offers several classroom options for each child's specific needs and age range.
The child at the Toddler level (18 months to 3 years old) is ready to explore the world outside the home once he/she is a stable walker. The world is opened to the child in a specially prepared environment in which language acquisition, large and small motor development along with development of the senses with music, art, the natural world and practical activities of the home are available. Most importantly this is a small, peaceful community where the littlest ones begin to develop an awareness not only of themselves but of others as well.
The child at the Primary level (3 to 6 years old) has an absorbent mind and experiences the world through his senses. The child is propelled with a desire to explore his surroundings with joy, curiosity, and activity! Holding a rock, a fossil, an insect, and naming everything invites a more intimate connection with nature.
The child at the Elementary level (6 to 12 years old) seeks an intellectual understanding of nature and ecology and the multiple levels of inter-dependency that exists in nature. The outdoor prepared environment becomes a laboratory. The many great stories that are told at the elementary level strike a chord with the child and intensify a sense of belonging to the planet.
At the Adolescent level (12 to 14 years old) nature becomes a collaborator. The child now produces in partnership with nature. While cooperating with plants and animals, the adolescent also needs to cooperate with others. The land now becomes a stepping stone to society and the world. Each academic year students take a Fall and a Spring Odyssey trip to explore different cultures and environments, as well as to develop their individual sense of self as a part of the larger world. Students engage in regular service projects that encourage community level involvement.
Classroom observations are always welcome by appointment. Schedule through our office at (859) 277-4805.