At Montessori Children's House of Hyde Park our goal is to provide every child with an education for life. Our curriculum reflects the traditional educational principles and practices established by Dr. Maria Montessori. This approach values the human spirit and focuses on the development of the whole child - the physical, social, emotional and cognitive, during the most formative years of life. Following Dr. Montessori's vision, our program nurtures the innate potential of each child and prepares them for the world beyond the classroom.
Children in our Primary Class develop a foundation of skills in four principle areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, and Math. Our classroom environment contains a variety of Montessori materials to provide student's with an opportunity to engage in multi-sensory exploration, deepening their learning experience. Guided by the Montessori philosophy, we use group exercises, song, and individual activities to aid each child as they undergo a process of self-construction. Emphasis is placed on working tasks from beginning to end, learning patience, self-discipline, and developing respect for the community.
The children in the Lower Elementary classroom have different needs and challenges than those of the three to six-year-old students. These children possess strong imaginations and look at the world with a different perspective. They are concerned with right and wrong, with the unusual and the extraordinary. Where the younger children required physical order, these children require order of the unseen. They are moving from a mechanical way towards an intellectual level. The Lower Elementary classroom changes its approach and materials to nurture these developmental characteristics. Our prepared environment encourages children to be self-motivated, active, and inquisitive learners.
When children enter our Upper Elementary classroom they seek more independence and responsibility in their continued quest to develop and understand their human potential and place within the Cosmos. Our curriculum fosters a strong academic foundation in history, geography, chemistry, math, language, culture, and art. Additionally, as the students take on roles within the classroom society they learn accountability, develop a clear ethical sense and a feeling of connectedness to all humanity.