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The Montessori System

The Montessori system gives students a true understanding of effort and the satisfaction it can bring. It also teaches the love of learning, a sentiment that will last a lifetime.

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PHILOSOPHY AND METHOD

Our preschool is based on the Montessori teaching method. When children use Montessori materials in a well-ordered environment they develop greater powers of concentration and abilities that let them mature with independence and responsibility. They acquire the skills and knowledge that are so important for self-confidence. At a young age Montessori children become conscious of their importance in the community and the world around them.

BILINGUAL EDUCATION

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Controlled environment and Montessori teaching aids

Combined with teaching exercises the Montessori classroom environment stimulates children to work using resources that surround them. “The hand is the instrument of intelligence”, Maria Montessori. At this stage they are taught to concentrate their efforts on the work they are doing with their hands. Montessori teaching aids encourage children to use their minds to develop mathematical abstractions from concrete objects. The depth of this education extends into language skills as well as the senses and cultural perception. Knowledge acquired in this way has deeper meaning and is used naturally by children to achieve a better understanding of the world around them. The preschool experience prepares them to understand mathematical abstractions in elementary school.

Activities during school hours

Children participate in the following activities once a week while in school:

Every month children are taught a new value. They get together on Mondays to learn how to apply that value in their daily life. One Monday a month they will participate in a flag ceremony and parade in the schoolyard.

This class teaches children to think in terms of peace and provides an opportunity for open dialogue with their teacher. They are taught universal values and how to manage emotions.

Students are played classical compositions specially selected to inspire different emotional responses. The music is chosen based on different subjects as an exercise in concentration, enthusiasm, imagination relaxation Children are given a page with ideograms which they must interpret using their hands. These classes help develop a child’s ability to use both sides of their brain. They also strengthen hand-eye coordination, teach music appreciation and history.

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Classes are held twice a week in our outdoor covered court. The children perform tasks that require physical effort and coordination, teaching them to control their movements through fun exercises.

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Once a week preschoolers can splash and play in the wading pool under the watchful eye of their teachers. This activity further develops motor skills and prepares them to obey rules. Depending on their age, children are encouraged to be more independent and are taught to wear and remove their own bathing suits and put things away.

Starting from the Casa de Los Niños level (3 years of age), children are trained to use different computer programs in English and Spanish. This also teaches them to follow instructions, move the mouse accurately and use a keyboard while generally becoming familiar with computers.

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Educational robotics is a broad spectrum teaching method that stimulates different talents and abilities. Children assemble a robot while learning about science and using their creativity.

Interaction with farm animals helps children to understand their relationship with the animal world and gives them a sense of accomplishment when they feed and care for them.

Cultural and Social Activities

The Monteverde Humanist philosophy seeks to awaken consciousness in students. Throughout the school year they given activities that develop social skills and self-confidence. Monteverde is a community that embraces parents, students and teachers.

Our open house is held before the school year starts. Parents and children are invited to visit the school, experience its atmosphere and talk with teachers.

This meeting takes place in the evening so that parents can meet the teachers who work directly with their children to find out more about courses, goals and methods. These events are also an opportunity for parents of different students to become acquainted.

Our winter festival is a month-long project in which the children read a story and organize a celebration based on what they learn.

Parents are invited to spend a day with their children in school to experience the Montessori environment.

The purpose of these excursions is to educate students and strengthen their self-confidence. Activities are chosen in accordance with interests and age.

Parents can watch their child’s in school through a hidden camera.

One week of cultural, scientific and artistic activities for students, ending with Cultural Sunday.

This is an opportunity for parents to observe and even participate in English classes with their children.