Children's House (Preschool + Kindergarten)
CHLIDREN’S HOUSE CURRICULUM
Chidren’s House is located on Sterling’s campus in Building A. We have eight classrooms with 25 students in each room. Each classroom is comprised of a mix of Academy Pre-K3, Pre-K4 and Charter Kindergarten students. Each classroom has two teachers, one Montessori certified Lead Teacher and one Assistant working together to meet the developmental needs of each child.
It is best to consider enrolling your child between the ages of 3 and 4 depending on when the child can be happy and comfortable in a classroom situation. Beginning exercises are based on activities in Practical Life, which develop independence skills, hand-eye coordination, fine motor and gross motor skills. Children use the Montessori materials to develop concentration, co-ordination, organizational skills, and working habits necessary for the more advanced activities which the child will perform as they demonstrate readiness. The entire learning program is purposefully structured. Each child is met where he/she is and encouraged to develop to the next level in all areas.
Montessori education is a unique cycle of learning designed to take advantage of the child’s sensitive years when the child absorbs information from an enriched environment. A child who acquires the foundational skills of reading, writing and mathematics in this way has the advantage of beginning his/her education without drudgery, boredom, or discouragement. Preschool students gain an early enthusiasm for learning when introduced to lessons in the carefully prepared classroom environment that incorporates structure with freedom of choice.
**Please note that students applying for Pre-K3 or Pre-K4 seats are not given any priority or afforded an exemption for the Kindergarten Lottery.**
As with all of the other academic programs at Sterling, the kindergarten program is designed to allow children the opportunity to work at their individual developmental level meeting each student where he/she is and help them acquire the necessary foundational skills needed to progress to the next level. Specifically designed lessons are presented in a sequence that help children learn the skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Children also study the areas of botany, geography, science, and cultural studies. Movement, music, and art are an integral part of each classroom. Montessori materials are used throughout the day enabling children to master the skills that they will need to make a successful transition into first grade.