The Children’s House (ages 33 months – 6+ years) is an environment that encourages the child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn by engaging him/her in purposeful, developmentally appropriate and self-directed activities. The flexibility of this environment allows the child’s needs to be nurtured regardless of ability, social maturity, or learning style.
Practical life exercises act as a link to the home environment. Familiar activities like food preparation, polishing metal, folding laundry and sewing all help aid in the child’s conquest of independence and refinement or his or her motor skills.
The Sensorial apparatus are designed to isolate a specific quality of the environment and through manipulation of these materials, allow the children to refine their senses. Numerous games and extensions give children the opportunity to explore and discover the world together.
Language is at the core of any society, and the Children’s House is no different. The materials take advantage of the young child’s desire for language, and help the child not only to speak, write and read, but fall in love with language.
Dr. Montessori designed concrete mathematic materials to represent all types of quantities. A child not only sees the symbol for 1, 1000 or ½, she can hold each of the corresponding quantities in her hand. Later, by combining this equipment, separating it, sharing it, counting it, and comparing it, she can demonstrate to herself the basic operations of arithmetic.
Although much emphasis is placed on the excellent academic materials in the Children’s House, we also focus on the child’s social development. The lessons in Grace and Courtesy include hundreds of small lessons that give the child social skills for living peacefully in a community with others.
CW follows a traditional 9-month school-year calendar, with an optional summer program for CW families. All of our programs are 5 days a week. Children are admitted with the expectation that they will complete kindergarten at CW.
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