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Early Childhood

The Montessori Early Childhood environment includes children ages 4 through 6 years (preschool and kindergarten). GWC has four Early Childhood rooms, each with a Montessori certified lead teacher and an instructional assistant. The teacher-student ratio in the Early Childhood classrooms is 2:25, which gives teachers the opportunity for individualized attention and self-paced learning.

The Pre-Primary classrooms are:

  • Mrs. Bates-Scott – Room 100
  • Mrs. Geier – Room 101
  • – Room 103
  • Ms. Reed – Room 102

Developmental Notes: Preschool to Kindergarten

Young children learn by observing and interacting with the older children. Older children gain a true understanding of concepts by teaching it to their younger peers. Each year, children become more independent.

Benefits of mixed age grouping:

  • Allows for strong relationships to be built amongst teachers, parents, and children.
  • Supports children’s moral development as they learn and practice respecting others, develop sensitivity towards others’ needs, and build a community who love to learn.

Our Early Childhood Classrooms

Our Classrooms have:

  • A variety of motivating and educational material
  • Uninterrupted work time, which supports the young child’s development of concentration and attention span.
  • Individualized and small group lessons
  • Peer-to-peer learning
  • Lessons in cooperation and working together
  • Food experiences

Curriculum in the Classroom

The Montessori Early Childhood classroom consists of different areas, each containing shelves of works. The shelves are organized with the simplest works at the beginning and the most advanced works at the end. This organization helps set each child up for success.

Montessori materials are self-correcting, and this encourages children to feel a sense of accomplishment from the very beginning of their educational journey.

Each area of the classroom has specific concepts/goals for children to learn and achieve.

  • The Sensorial area is unique to the Montessori environment. This area “refines the senses” by allowing children to explore works using their sense of touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. This area also supports the development of key concepts such as shape recognition, discrimination of size (big/little), and color recognition.
  • Practical Life contains “everyday living” works such as sweeping, pouring, washing dishes, preparing a snack, sawing at the workbench and sewing. These works support the young child’s development of concentration, order, coordination, and independence while also refining their fine motor skills.
  • The Geography area supports their understanding of the world around them. Young children are fascinated about the world and love learning about different cultures, holidays, traditions, foods, etc. EC children are exposed to maps, flags, landforms, animals, language, etc. from all 7 continents.
  • In the Science area, children learn about the different classifications of animals and plants.
  • The Language area supports the development of pre-reading skills such as patterning, sequencing, and classifying as well as sound recognition and awareness. Children also learn the phonetic sound each letter makes and composes (writes) words with the Moveable Alphabet.
  • Handwriting skills are supported throughout the entire classroom via hand strengthening works, but also in the Language area through works such as tracing at the light box, writing letters in the sand tray, and journal writing.
  • Reading is supported phonetically and through memorization of non-phonetic words.  There are a variety of reading materials available for all levels and interests. Books can be found in the classroom.
  • The Math area of the Montessori classroom consists of works that support counting quantity (0-9999), number recognition (0-9999), money, and time, in addition to learning all four mathematical operations in concrete, hands-on ways. Like all areas of the Montessori classroom, the Math area has works that can be used in small groups, individually, with a friend, or with a teacher.