PROGRAMS

Primary (ages 3-6) 

 

 

 Morning Montessori     (8:30 am – 11:30 am) *morning child care can be added

 

Extended Day                  (8:30 am – 3:00 pm) *morning child care can be added

 

                 Full Day                    (7:00 am – 6:00 pm) *morning child care is from 7:00 am – 8:20 am

 

 

 

Curriculum for ages 3-6

 

Exercises of Practical Life:  Direction provided by a Montessori-trained Directress helps the child to coordinate his or her intelligence, will and movement by offering activities which are intelligible to the child, appealing, and manipulative. These activities are called the Exercises of Practical Life and are familiar to the child. Their clear purpose stimulates the child’s will to act with deliberate movements.

 

A child can arrange flowers, help to prepare snack and numerous other activities used to care for the environment. 

 

Sensorial Materials: The child needs to be conscious of the physical properties of his or her environment. In a Montessori environment, the Sensorial Materials are designed so that they isolate physical properties such as dimension, color, shape, sound and texture. With the help of these Montessori materials, the child becomes consciously aware of the finer details of his or her environment. With this awareness, the child becomes ready to explore this rich environment for total development.

 

Language Materials: Language materials, including sandpaper letters, help the child become aware of the sounds which constitute our language. The child is then guided to write and sound out letters and words, the concrete symbols of the sounds we produce in speech.  

 

Mathematics: The child’s environment is also full of mathematical ideas. At about four years of age, the child needs to use those concepts deliberately. Montessori materials help the child to consolidate the mathematical abstractions into concrete form. The concept of zero and the place value of numbers are introduced to the children so that they are ready to face the decimal world. Geometric and arithmetic concepts and their relationship become clear. The mathematical mind of the child becomes a math-exploring mind. .

 

Cultural Learning: The Montessori environment also includes Cultural Learning: geography, history, science, botany, zoology, art and music. The orderly presentation of these disciplines permits the child to incorporate them into their first developmental efforts.

 

Elementary (ages 6-12)

 

Elementary classroom (8:30 – 3:15 pm) *Morning child care can be added

 

Full Day Elementary (7:00 am – 6:00 pm)  *Morning childcare can also be added to morning Montessori or Extended Day schedules. 

 

The elementary Montessori curriculum guides the children in exploring the areas of geography, biology, history, language, math, art, and music. Ideas in these content areas are introduced in an interconnected manner, allowing the children's work to flow freely between content areas. The curriculum introduces big picture ideas and then adds in smaller details in order to leave room for the children to explore and discover more information independently. This individualized approach allows each child to delve deeply into topics of interest.  Our students benefit greatly from this individualized form of instruction which allows them to reach their own potential.

The children also begin to explore the greater community in which they live.  Through this work the students begin to examine their contribution to society.  

 

About WSMS

For over 30 years, hundreds of families have chosen to become a part of our vibrant community. We are fully accredited by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). AMI was created by Maria Montessori in 1929 to preserve the integrity and standards of her work with children. Our AMI accreditation demonstrates a long-standing commitment to the highest quality standards in Montessori education.​

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West Suburban Montessori School
1039 South East Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60304

Montessori School Oak Park IL
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