The Children’s Cornerstone is a private academic school that offers students, ages 3, 4, 5, and 6 a learning environment based on Dr. Maria Montessori’s educational philosophy. All students, of this mixed aged grouping, work cooperatively in the prepared learning environment.
The Children’s Cornerstone is a peaceful place where children work free of criticism and ridicule. All students are treated with respect and love.
Montessori’s studies revealed that each individual develops at his/her own pace with marked “sensitive periods” of development.
The Children’s Cornerstone operates under this premise by offering individually-based, developmentally appropriate programming. It is the goal of this programming to assure that each child is given the opportunity to meet success emotionally, physically, socially, and academically.
By careful observation, the directress/teacher and teacher’s aide will support the whole child in becoming an individual of personal excellence. Each child will be challenged to meet emotional, physical, social, and academic goals. Through support and encouragement, each individual will indeed meet success.
The Children’s Cornerstone claims no religious affiliation. The Children’s Cornerstone is a school that accepts any student regardless of gender, race, creed, or social status.
Educational Components of the Traditional Montessori Classroom
All areas of the Montessori classroom are prepared in order to satisfy developmental goals and practical goals.
Developmental goals refer to the maturational and cognitive growth that is fostered in the child by use of the activity/material. Developmental goals are achieved over a period of time. They are one’s sense of order, ability to concentrate, developing gross and fine motor coordination, achieving personal independence, monitoring self-control and self-discipline, respecting self and others, nurturing the aesthetic sense, appreciating life experiences, possessing wonderment and admiration, and experiencing a sense of pleasure after achieving personal goals and academic accomplishments.
“The education of even a very small child does not just aim at preparing him for school…but for life!”
(Dr. Maria Montessori)
Practical goals refer to the specific and most obvious skill reinforced or taught by the activity/material. For example: learning how to pour without spilling, buttoning a shirt, naming and identifying geometric solids, mixing primary colors to create secondary colors, understanding numeral concepts, adding and subtracting, mastering initial consonant sound awareness, writing letters, building words, reading independently…
Includes exercises and activities from the following categories: Pre-Montessori Materials, Care of Person, Care of Environment, Small Muscle Development, Gross Muscle Development, Social Development, and Control of Movement.
Includes exercises and activities that develop the individual’s: Visual (Sight) Sense, Muscular Tactile (Touch) Sense, Auditory (Sound) Sense, Olfactory (Smell) Sense, Gustatory (Taste) Sense.
Includes exercises and activities that present the concepts of: Temporal Relations (concepts of beginning – middle – end, first to last, time periods); Spatial Relations (concepts of position, direction, distance; One to One Correspondence (consciousness of pairing two groups of things/pre-math foundations); Combination (new concept/item from putting different things together – preparation for mathematical operations); Difference and Similarity (foundations for equality and inequality); Gradation (ordering numeral quantities).
Includes exercises and activities that support mastery of: Oral Language, Exploration of Sound, Writing, Reading and Functions of Words.
Additional Curriculum Components
Geography & History
Movement & Dance
Cultural Awareness (includes exposure to foreign languages)
And ESPECIALLY…Lots of fun and laughter!!!
The learning environment will be “refreshed” periodically to reflect various themes. Stimulating students’ interests is accomplished by imbedding thematic materials and equipment among the traditional Montessori materials. Some of these themes include:
Animals, Community Helpers, Holidays, Dinosaurs, Insects & Spiders, My Body/My Buddy, Plants & Gardening, Recycling & Responsible Stewardship, The Fine Arts, The Ocean, and Things that Go.
“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.”
(Dr. Maria Montessori)
Educational Family Trips
Periodically, educational trips will be planned for students and their family members. Participation in these trips is optional. Parents will be responsible for all expenses associated with these trips. Longer distance trips will be planned on weekends.