Pre-Primary (2 - 3 years)
There are many who hold, as I do, that the most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when man's intelligence itself, his greatest implement, is being formed.
Dr. Maria Montessori
The Pre-primary environment is more than a mere classroom, it is a home away from home for children ages 24 to 36 months. Our classrooms are designed to meet the independent and curious nature of a toddler, allowing them to freely explore in a beautiful, carefully prepared environment that is just their size. We welcome toddlers in diapers and pull-ups and are eager to advise and support your toilet training efforts for your toddler when they are ready.
Under the careful guidance of Montessori-trained toddler teachers our children engage in practical life pursuits, such as dressing, hand washing and gardening, as well as pre-reading activities, puzzles, art, music and conversation. Independence is fostered by allowing the child to choose from a variety of activities that he or she can accomplish with success. The daily practice of these activities enhances the child’s ability to communicate with confidence, move with grace, and develop self-reliance.
Through social interactions, Toddlers discover what it means to be a member of a group, thus learning how to communicate their desires and needs in a gracious and effective way. They are given the tools to develop not only their confidence but their midos that will serve them, and their communities,throughout their lives. There is strong focus on davening, brachos, and minchagim.
Primary (3-6 years)
These very children reveal to us the most vital need of their development, saying : 'Help me to do it alone. _Dr. Maria Montessori
Primary classrooms are an environment alive with exploration and discovery. Children select from a variety of activities designed to cultivate and sharpen their senses and cognitive abilities and to help them develop focus and concentration. A cornerstone of every Montessori classroom, the practical life area, includes activities such as pouring, tying, polishing, sewing and woodworking. These skills instill order and discipline and give young children a sense of mastery over their world. Nearby, sensorial works are available to refine the senses of sight, smell, touch, and hearing, and also to lay the foundations for math. The math area attracts children with colorful glass beads and natural wood materials, teaching number concepts and basic operations and laying the groundwork for more advanced concepts such as squaring and cubing. Manipulative and tactile materials permeate the language areas as well. Children prepare for reading and writing by using their hands, tracing sandpaper letters and building words with a movable wooden alphabet. At Mesorah Montessori, Hebrew and English reading and writing skills are developed alongside one another.
The Hebrew language program is set up so that children can be successful from the beginning, and reach their Hebrew reading goals with ease. In our Primary classrooms, children are constantly exposed to the stories and lessons of Jewish heritage. They learn the Parsha each week and receive new works in the practical life, language and science areas in preparation for each Yom Tov. But Jewish content is not limited to these specific subjects. Just as the Montessori curriculum exposes children from a very young age to geography, botany, zoology, chemistry and physics in an effort to open their minds to the wonders of their world, Mesorah Montessori embraces these areas of study as a way of instilling children with ahavas Hashem and yiras Hashem. Similarly, grace and courtesy, a focal point of Montessori education, are here framed as derech eretz, the critical Jewish value of treating others and one’s environment with respect and kindness.
Lower Elementary (6-9 years) beginning 2019 -2020 school year
“The elementary child has reached a new level of development. Before he was interested in things: working with his hands, learning their names. Now he is interested mainly in the how and why…the problem of cause and effect.” -Dr. Maria Montessori
The Lower Elementary classroom is designed to foster each child’s intellectual and social/emotional growth. Throughout the school day, children are given the freedom to interact with one another, forming important ideas of society and community while engaging in meaningful academic pursuits. In the language area, children use three-dimensional shapes, miniature environments, objects, pictures and interactive games to study parts of speech, punctuation, and sentence analysis. The Montessori grammar method, in particular, is shared between Hebrew and English, so that children transfer concepts from one language to the other.
Special care is taken to foster conversational Hebrew at this level. By breaking down the language into its components (nouns, verbs, adjectives, and so on), Our curriculum promotes a high degree of Hebrew fluency by the end of the third elementary year. The math area is also characterized by an array of manipulative materials. Montessori math guides children from the concrete to the abstract, allowing them to develop true mastery of concepts before moving to equations on paper. Children who learn math in this way have a deep understanding of the operations they perform. Parasha , tefilah , Chumash, and Chagim as well as zoology, botany, geography and history are all aspects of the curriculum that are carefully designed to interlace and complement one another, so that, for example, a study of Breishis might coincide with science experiments about the composition of the earth, or Hashem's promise that Avraham’s progeny would be numerous as the stars might coincide with a study of the cosmos. In this way, we elevate all subjects to the status of limudei kodesh because every aspect of the curriculum is related to Torah and Jewish values.