Children's House (Preschool + Kindergarten)
CHILDREN’S HOUSE is located on campus in Building A. Classrooms are comprised of Preschool Academy students (3 & 4 year old children) along with Charter Kindergarten students.
Montessori classroom entrance is best 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 all children enjoy. Materials used at ages 3 and 4 help the child to develop concentration, co-ordination, fine motor skill development, and working habits necessary for the more advanced activities which the child will perform later on. 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 basic skills of reading and mathematics in this way, has an 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.
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. Specifically designed lessons are presented in a sequence that solidifies early reading, writing, and mathematics skills. 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.