The following gives you a general idea of our schedule each day.
CIRCLE TIME - We sing greeting songs and have a short meeting in which we talk about the calendar, the weather, who is absent, ... This is also a time when the teacher gives a few presentations that are appropriate for the whole group. It may involve a lesson on a traditional Montessori material, a grace and courtesy lesson, or an activity based on a current theme or unit of study.
SNACK TIME - For the first few weeks of the school year, group snack is served. After children are comfortable in the classroom, individual snack begins. At this time, children are encouraged to prepare their snack when they are ready. They may have it alone or invite a friend to join them. Some time during the morning the children sit at the designated snack table to eat, and then clean up after themselves. Water is available for the children to drink whenever they wish.
INDEPENDENT WORK PERIOD - Children work independently around the room, doing works that interest them in all areas of the classroom. They have many activities from which to choose. In the art area, they can explore various mediums. In practical life, they learn every day skills such as pouring, spooning, buttoning, and more. The sensorial area houses materials that engage the senses. The science, geography, math, and language areas offer traditional Montessori materials as well as new educational products that support the Montessori philosophy. The items found on the shelves change throughout the year depending on the thematic unit we are studying, and in order to offer increasingly challenging works to the children. The teachers serve as guides when children need a little help making choices or trying something new. Children may choose to work alone or work with a friend on certain partner works. They also receive individual or small group lessons from a teacher. This part of the day is one of the most fascinating times in a Montessori classroom as the children are given freedom to choose activities within an organized and structured environment. It is often said to resemble the buzzing of bees in a hive.
TRANSITION TIME - When a chime is sounded, the children prepare to come to the gathering area. Children who are still working on a lengthy activity may leave it for the following work period, or return it to the shelf.
SECOND CIRCLE - This time of day is very important for building a sense of community in our classroom. A selected story is read. Bible lessons are presented and centered on a weekly theme. Children in the half day program are dismissed at 12:00 PM.
LUNCH AND REST PERIOD
OUTDOOR EXPLORATION ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES INDEPENDENT WORK PERIOD - Children explore the classroom receiving additional lessons. Older children are able to utilize advanced Montessori materials and complete lessons from the morning work period. The school day ends at 4:00 PM.
Gift of Grace Montessori 8097 Vineyard Parkway Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009