SNACK/LUNCH
Parent's will have to provide snack for  two times a day: a morning snack of fruit and juice, an afternoon snack (fruits, vegetables, crackers, popsicles, juice, etc.).

Children have to bring their own lunch from home. All lunch boxes and food containers MUST be labeled with your child's name. If your child's lunch contains items that need to remain cool, please pack an ice pack in the lunch box. A microwave is available if needed.


OBSERVATION
Parents are welcome to observe a Montessori environment at any time during the school year. Please see your child's teacher to arrange a convenient time. We suggest waiting at least 8 weeks after your child starts the school before making an appointment; this will allow your child to adjust to the new environment.

Please See our Parent Handbook for more details:



Practical Life

Grace/Courtesy

Sensorial

Reading

Language

Workbooks

Mathematics

Art






History

Culture

Science

Geography

LANGUAGE

"It may be said that that we acquire knowledge by using our minds; but the child absorbs knowledge directly into his psychic life."

- Dr. Maria Montessori

PRACTICAL LIFE

"Only practical work and experience lead the young to maturity."

- Dr. Maria Montessori


A second series of activities in the indirect preparation for writing are the Sensorial Materials. These are materials the children spontaneously choose to work with because they fulfill their instinctive desire to touch, taste, and feel the world about them. Control of a pencil is developed by tracing of metal frames with geometric insets such as a circle.

These activities use materials Montessori developed to help children learn accurate information about physical properties of the environment. Each piece of sensorial material isolates one quality such as dimension, color, weight, texture, shape, smell, or sound.

Experience with the sensorial materials begins to train the senses and provides the foundation for both physical and mental activities in learning. The sensorial materials also enable children to refine their vision, their small motor movements, and their hearing and speech skill in preparation for learning, using written language, and math.

These materials help the child move from the concrete to the abstract level. Abstraction is never forced; it is a point the child arrives at him / herself.



SENSORIAL

"As soon as children find something that interests them they lose their instability and learn to concentrate."

- Dr. Maria Montessori


FIELD TRIPS

The children will go on a field trips routinely. Parents are welcome to chaperone / drive on these trips.



The most important part of the Montessori Curriculum is the Practical Life. Practical Life is the foundation for everything that follows in a Montessori classroom. These are daily exercises that help the child's physical, mental, and moral development.

The child learns care of self, care of others, and care of the environment. These activities include many of the tasks children see as part of the daily routine of their culture, such as carrying objects, pouring liquids, preparing foods, fastening clothes, washing hands, washing dishes and cloths, polishing shoes and furniture, and taking care of the environment.

Through these tasks, children refine their muscular coordination and develop their powers of concentration by learning to work at a task from beginning to end. Without this early experience with the Practical Life Exercises, any further exposure to the Montessori materials is fruitless, for the children will be unable to control their own minds and movements even when they wish to.

This is an indirect preparation for writing, presented to the children when they enter Montessori at age three.




NAPTIME
Children that stay for a full day will be taking naps in school and will require a small crib sheet and a small pillow or blanket. We kindly ask that you put these in a nap bag (can be purchased from the school for $ 10.00) with your child's name marked on it. Nap bags should be taken home on Fridays for washing.


Maria Montessori believed that the child possesses a mathematical mind. This is based on order and perception found in the development of the senses.

We at GMA promotes the child's innate mathematical ability in its early stages of development. In the Montessori environment, children learn and understand the concepts of math by manipulating hands-on materials that are designed to isolate a concept and prepare the child for later abstract reasoning.

The development of the mind and body are integrated as the child uses number rods or carries units for the "exchange game."

The goals of the program are the introduction to the decimal system, computational skills, and confidence in using numbers in everyday life.



COMMUNICATION
The parents of Global Montessori Academy receive monthly newsletters that contain information on upcoming events, news, and other special announcements. We also conduct formal individual Parent-Teacher conferences two times during the academic year to discuss the progress and development of your child. Communication between parents and teachers is a key component in providing an enriching and positive learning experience for the children. 


The young child is receptive to language in all its forms-spoken and written language, the language of mathematics and music, and a second or third language.

Our first emphasis is on oral-language development, through naming objects in the environment, giving scientific classifications to leaf shapes and parts of animals, in geographic place names, and in abundant conversation.

The children learn the sounds and symbols sensorally first with the sandpaper letters, then begin to construct words with moveable alphabet letters. With sufficient experience with oral language and individual sounds, they explode into writing and reading.

The broad range of cultural materials expands the child's oral and written language experience in art, music, science, history, and geography.



ILLNESS/MEDICATION

Our policies are mandated by the Department of Health to ensure that our school maintains a healthy atmosphere for the children. Children who are ill need to stay at home for rest and loving care. If you child becomes ill in school, you will be notified immediately and will need to pick up your child.

OUR CURRICULUM

In the classrooms the children are free to choose their own activity, or "work," to watch another child work, or to work with a small group. This is like a "mini-community," with lots of social graces, interaction with each other, and community spirit. The needs of the children are respected by all, work is returned to the shelf ready "for the next person," and chairs are tucked in so that others will not trip. Our classrooms are prepared environments designed to support the child's need for purposeful activity.



CULTURE

"Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world" 

- Dr. Maria Montessori

MATHEMATICS

"Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."

- Dr. Maria Montessori


Maria Montessori believed in educating the whole child, thus there are a wide variety of materials and activities available to children including art, music, zoology, botany, geography, and history.

These are carefully integrated into the whole learning experience as separate subjects.

The classroom environment responds to the children's natural curiosity with living plants, animals (if possible), and hands-on materials that are part of the classroom.

ABOUT US

Global Montessori Academy is equipped with carefully arranged Montessori materials, furnished with child-sized furniture. Our stimulating and nurturing environment is designed to promote curiosity and learning. Our program is very individualized, which allows each child to progress at his/her own pace.


The younger children are free to choose, move, manipulate, and explore wide variety of materials with guidance from our experienced teachers.
Older children are responsive to the needs of the younger children, and the younger children learn to seek help from their more experienced classmates. We gather together at least twice a day for stories, songs or quiet group games, so the children can learn to become part of a larger group. The work time includes material from the following areas:



GENERAL INFORMATION


EMERGENCY

Please be assured that our staff is well prepared in case an emergency occurs while your child is at school. All members of the staff are familiar with the action plans in case of an emergency and are required to attend annual CPR/First Aid courses. Fire Drills are conducted once a month and children are taught what to do.


PERFORMANCES
Global Montessori presents shows/performances put on by the children for their families and friends twice a year. These include combination of drama, music, and dance performed in December and June.

MARIA 

MONTESSORI

"One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child."

- Dr. Maria Montessori


Maria Montessori, born in 1870, was the first woman in Italy to receive a medical degree. She worked in the fields of psychiatry, education and anthropology. She believed that each child is born with a unique potential to be revealed, rather than as a "blank slate" waiting to be written upon. 


Since her death an interest in Dr. Montessori's methods have continued to spread throughout the world The Montessori method now exist all over the world.


Learn more about her methods here:

American Montessori Society


​​​​​GLOBAL MONTESSORI ACADEMY


BIRTHDAYS

Birthday Parties can be celebrated at the school by providing lunch at 11:30 a.m. (pizza and juice) or snack at 3:00 p.m. (small cupcakes or a snack, juice). Parents need to provide all supplies for the celebration.

If lunch is part of the celebration, parents need to notify the teachers the day before so children will not bring lunch that day.