Little Flower Montessori School has provided a rich, nurturing and educational environment for our pre-k students, since its inception in 2004. In this early childhood program, the children are of varied ages within a 2 year developmental span. This special arrangement empowers the older, more communally progressed, and accomplished children to become role models for the younger students. A sense of community advances as younger students are assisted by the older ones, and the older ones acquire patience and gratefulness for experiences through contact with the younger students. In an assortment-age classroom children can develop relationships based on interest and not just age related friendships.
In order for the child to become independent our Montessori learning environment presents the child with limitless occasions to advance motor coordination, control and sense skills with the aid of self- correcting materials in a prepared setting by our highly educated Montessori teachers. Our curriculum encompasses besides Language and Mathematics, rarely offered at this stage, the beginnings of Social Studies, Geography, Spanish Language and Science.
At this stage of the child’s educational development the student can work with the resources in more deepness, therefore she/he can advance more perception from the experience and improve their abilities. Once the student forms the precarious learning customs such as self-discipline, a sense of instruction, attentiveness, imaginative creativity, perseverance in carrying out an assignment and passion for learning – these actions are secured in a reassuring and stimulating atmosphere. All the curriculum subjects remain the same besides the level of difficulty.
In First grade students have a foundation of learning skills and how to use them in a classroom and home setting. The curriculum is more in depth and includes exercise -booklets in handwriting. The language subjects includes grammar and phonetics ( types of sentences, nouns, adjectives, verbs, syllables) and the beginning of creative writing with emphasis on reading more than in previous years. In mathematics there are more concepts introduced such as the beginning of multiplication (multi-digit also), division (basic and long division), fractions, graphs, basic perimeters, the basis of probabilities and so on. Cultural studies, geography and sciences are expanded a bit more with topics such as: parts of skin, names of bones, human evolution, Ancient Egypt, Dark Ages, Water cycle, etc.
Unfortunately, this is the last class we offer at Little Flower Montessori School. We strongly emphasize on preparing our students for the TeraNova test, perfecting their skills and getting them ready to go into their future schools. The curriculum develops to a higher level at this year: the topics in cultural studies involve researching and are longer. Students will possess a wide knowledge in maps, globes, continents, and so on. In science we have projects involving creativity, self-discipline and public speaking. Language subject at this level will involve longer creative stories and new concepts will be introduced in grammar, sentence structure and phonetics. Mathematics will also involve new concepts and more difficult exercises. Our high rate score success with NJ TeraNova tests makes our school.
This program starts after school, from 3:45 pm and ends at 6:00 pm. Its aim is to relax the students after a rigid day of study. We offer a variety of activities like fun group games, individual games, art, dance and music. The students are offered more time for free play with their school peers. They are offered snacks during the program. On Thursdays we have Video Day – we show a movie to the group that is age and rating appropriate and approved.
Our school offers a program in the summer time for the period of July to August. The students learn about new and exciting topics every week. One of the last summer weekly topics was titled “Art Week”, which focused on renowned people of different fine art areas and their masterpieces. Besides the academic aspects of this daytime camp the children also enjoy other interesting and more relaxing forms of spending time like field trips and Fun Day which involves, loved by all kids, bouncy house, water slides and so on.