The Preparatory Junior class consists of both traditional and Montessori materials throughout the classroom.
The program is designed to meet the needs of each student, while emphasizing movement, play, exploration, socialization, and independence. Children are encouraged to choose work from the shelves and place the work on their rug.
Children move freely in the room and are permitted to proceed at their own pace to explore and discover new activates. Children learn according to their own individual abilities and enjoy a sense of autonomy and spontaneity within their daily routine.
Activities that enrich the curriculum include sensory materials, gross motor activities, music, art, language, dance, dramatic play, stories, and outdoor fun.The children are taught individually every day.
Shapes, colors, numbers and tracing are introduced as well as site words from Red Hill’s reading program. Potty-training is also started when the child shows readiness. This classroom is designed to be a transition into our Preparatory Senior classroom.
The Preparatory Senior room has a ‘Prepared Environment’.
This means the physical appearance and the arrangement of the learning materials adheres to certain principles which focus on meeting the needs of the ‘whole child’. Our curriculum is Montessori based, and we also include new discoveries into our everyday teaching to further our advanced academic program.
In Math we develop a strong academic foundation in our class. The Mathematics area is one of the fundamental areas. Children learn to Identify numbers, associate symbols to quantity, work on missing numbers, number order, writing numbers, number dictation, number recognition, place value, and addition.
Red Hill Montessori takes special pride in our Reading and Language Arts program. Our children being to read at a very early age. We begin with flash cards and after mastering 50 words they begin reading our primary reader books. Storytelling, songs, finger plays, poems, and sound games are an integral part of the classroom and vocabulary enrichment.
In writing we start by tracing lowercase letters the in the D’Nealian style of handwriting. After mastering tracing, we move onto writing letters and letter dictation. At approximately 3 ½ years old, students will learn the sounds of letters, begin building 3-letter words, and begin word dictation
The purpose of the Sensorial activities is to help students sort out the many varied impressions given by the senses. These materials also help prepare them to be a logical, aware, and perceptive. Our Sensorial area provides the students with the ability to choose work, organize their work, focus completely on their work, identify the point of completion, and the ability to put away the material in order.
The exercises in Practical Life provide purposeful activity, develop motor control and a sense of responsibility. Both large and small muscle coordination and development are involved, helping a child to have control over his movements. Practical Life is organized into three main areas which are caring of the person, caring of the environment, and grace and courtesy. The aim of this area is to promote concentration, confidence, coordination, independence and sense of order.
In Geography we study the life of man, the way humans live, and the way of life that has been established by a human society to sustain life. Our areas of concentration are land, air and water, the globe, mapping, puzzles maps, flags and Cultural enrichment.
Maria Montessori recognized the young child’s need to observe and absorb information about the world around them. In our Science curriculum, we focus on living organisms, plants and animals. Some of our areas of concentration are living and non-living things, Botany, the parts of a tree, the parts of a plant, germination, life cycles, zoology, animals, butterflies and nutrition.
In our class we encourage students to use our art shelf. A few choices on our art shelf are push pin art, coloring activities, cutting & pasting activities and play dough. All these activities help build their motor skills.