Preschool – Kindergarten
Shrewsbury Montessori School’s Children’s House offers children ages three through six an environment designed to invite curiosity, foster inner discipline, and motivate learning. Our multi-age Children’s House classrooms span three years and include the kindergarten year.
In a Children’s House classroom, one might see two children using a Montessori material called the Red Rods, which introduce the concept of length and the decimal system. Next to them, another child may be working with the Addition Strip Board by himself, periodically checking in with a teacher. At the same time, in the back of the classroom, the teacher could be giving a lesson on punctuation to another child.
Curriculum is Focused on:
Practical Life Skills
Practical Life activities include pouring, sweeping, tying, zipping, and buttoning, as well as grace and courtesy. The Practical Life curriculum increases a child’s concentration, coordination, fine and gross motor skills, and sense of order, which build on the process of finishing a work. These experiences lead to the development of independence and foster relationships with others.
The Sensorial materials help young children gather information received through their senses. By seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing, and touching, children begin to classify and name objects such as colors, shapes, dimensions, and textures.
The Children’s House offers a full component of language, math and cultural lessons. The rich Montessori curriculum allows children to learn essential academic skills, and gain problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. A Shrewsbury Montessori education builds character and a sense of global and social responsibility.
Shrewsbury Montessori Children’s House students are assessed both academically and socially through classroom observations, informal and formal assessment, and a collection of the child’s work. Student progress is shared with parents through parent conferences, progress reports, and as needed or requested throughout the year.