Welcome to Harvest Green Montessori !

Primary

Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.

- Maria Montessori
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At HGM, we recognize this as the beginning of control and coordination of mind and body. In the process, children acquire language (s), develop motor, gross, and cognitive skills, copy the social skills of the adults around them and acquire expectations about how the world will treat them when they move on. The Primary classroom offers the young child a highly structured curriculum specially designed for their own needs. A Montessori school has multi-age classrooms. Older students should be able to model appropriate behavior and guide their younger peers, all while making academic advancements of their own. Studies have shown that the Montessori Method provides a solid academic basis as well as exceptional social skills that prepare children well for a good academic year. Students are taught in other areas which include Grace and Courtesy, Practical life, Sensorial, Language, Math, Social studies, and Geography, Art and Music.

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Some Highlights Of Our Primary Care Program Are:

The Montessori curriculum allows us to continually challenge each child at his/her own pace.

We highly value our close working relationships with our families. This partnership is fostered through ongoing, personal communication as well as multiple conferences each year.

The multi-age classroom stimulates enthusiasm for learning and inspires independent thinking.

All of our teachers have Montessori certified with extensive experience in the classroom.

We provide a large outdoor, as well as an indoor space, specifically designed to meet the young child's need for gross motor development.

Our program includes Montessori curriculum along with regularly scheduled enrichment activities which may include Spanish, Art and yoga. Each taught by teachers that are specifically trained in these disciplines.

Curriculum

Grace and Courtesy

Grace and Courtesy in reaction to the young child's need for order. The Primary Transition Class is the perfect place to begin these exercises in Grace and Courtesy because the child at the end of the first plane of development is not yet self-conscious and doesn't realize what the child is doing at times. Grace and Courtesy lessons are given to each child in the environment and usually in a group. This allows the child to have a clear understanding as well as a place to perfect themselves with each other. Grace and Courtesy provides manners and hones the child's skills. In the end, the child will have incorporated these graces and courtesies into his everyday life, which will allow for a more pleasant classroom and environment wherever the child may go.

Practical Life

Practical Life is the true heart of a Montessori classroom. By working on real-life tasks, children develop their independence, coordination, and concentration, through a variety of activities that explore daily activities such as eating, cutting, polishing, sweeping, dressing, and cleaning. Teachers demonstrate these tasks that explore caring for the environment and the self, encouraging responsibility and promoting self-esteem.

Sensorial

Sensorial materials in the Montessori classroom are made to help the child explore the world through their senses. Each of the sensorial materials isolates one quality such as color, weight, shape, texture, size, sound and smell. These materials help children to figure out the difference between information, to categorize, and to relate new information to what they already know. Sensorial Materials are largely self- correcting, so the child can accomplish most of these exercises alone. Children find a sense of order in these materials and acquire a joy in learning that their environment has order.

Language

Language development is vital to human development. Our Montessori environment is rich in oral language opportunities, allowing the child to experience conversations, stories and poetry. The sandpaper letters help children link sound and symbol effortlessly, encouraging the development of written expression and reading skills. To further reading development, children are exposed to the study of grammar. Language experiences encourage children to master and blend sounds to build words, instead of the traditional memorization of "sight words." This gives children the tools to read at a higher level.

Mathematics

Early mathematics activities are designed to transform ideas into actions, using concrete learning materials, resulting in making abstract concepts clearer to the learner. These experiences explore the underlying fundamentals of algebra, geometry, logic, and statistics, plus operational principles, such as addition, multiplication, division, and subtraction.

Geography

History and geography begins with the study of maps and the two hemispheres of Earth and becomes more and more detailed as children will learn about countries and Continents. The very young child will use the wooden puzzle maps as puzzles, but the older child can use the pieces as a guide as he makes his own maps, labeled with his own handwriting when he is ready.

Science and Nature

Children are introduced many topics and learn to make predictions in their Science and Nature activities. The land and water work, introducing the concepts of Lake and Island, is closely connected to the Geography curriculum. Children learn about volcanoes, the layers of the Earth and the solar system. Children will go on nature walks and then research the leaves, seed they have found. Activities include Sink or Float, Living or Non-Living, Magnetic or Non-Magnetic, Land and Water Forms, the Structure of the Earth and Botany.

Art

Art is one of the many ways children express themselves. Art is a way for children to communicate their feelings. It is through art that children develop their fine motor skills. In the Montessori environment, we provide open-ended art activities that help children explore and use their creativity.