Montessori School of Elkhart - School Programs
Toddler Program (ages 16 months to 35 months)

The toddler program is designed for 16 months through 35 months old children as of September 1st. This program is for first school experience. The children are gradually separated from their parents as individually needed until the toddlers are able to successfully complete a s ¾ hour class. The classroom is an introduction to Montessori with the emphasis on social, emotional, and physical development. The toddlers are in a room with low counters and fixtures. Children need not be potty trained, but disposable diapers must be brought with the child, if needed. Children who are returning toddler age may be moved to a pre-primary class as agreed upon by the parents and teaching staff.

  • Half Day AM (Monday thru Friday)
    8:30am - 11:15am
    (2/3/4/5 days per week)

  • Full Day (Monday thru Friday)
    8:30am - 3:00pm
    (2/3/4/5 days per week)

Pre-Primary (ages 32 months to age 6 years)

The Montessori classwork in a child's world geared to the size, the pace and the interest of the children. The child works individuals with materials in a non-competitive classroom. The specially prepared materials for sensorial and practical life help the child develop his/her sense of order, concentration, coordination, and self-control. When the child is ready, he/she will be introduced to exercised in math, writing, reading, nautral science and geography that utlitize concepts presented in the classroom. The Montessori philosophy believes in a well-rounded educationk, attained over a period of time as the child expands his/her horizons and interests. We include art and music experiences, as well as, encouraging social graces and exploring the community on field trips. This classroom satisfies the kindergartent requirement for your child.

  • Morning Session (Monday thru Friday)
    8:30am - 11:15am

  • Afternoon Session Session (Monday thru Friday)
    8:30am - 11:15am

  • Full Day (Monday thru Friday)
    8:30am - 3:00pm

Kindergarten Extended Day (ages 5 - 6 years)

The kindergarten classroom is where 5-6 year olds begin to unfold as young leaders, beginning readers, and budding mathematicians. The third year is the most fruitful part of the Montessori experience. This is the year that the child's work in the first two years culminates academically. The lessons that they have worked on become cemented in their minds and they advance to materials that are unique to Montessori. The kindergarten year focuses on reading, writing, advanced math, science and geography, all in preparation for 1st grade. Self-discipline and independence are encouraged and expected. In addition to our strong academic curriculum, the child's social skills are enhanced through an emphasis on independent learning, cooperative group relationship and personal responsibility. Kindergarten children are given art and music experiences, as well as off-site gym opportunities. State guidelines are blended with Montessori curriculum to develop individual lesson plans to meet every child's needs.

  • Classroom session (Monday thru Friday)
    8:30am - 2:50pm

Elementary (ages 6 - 12 years)

The elementary classroom is a serene, awe-inspiring environment. It houses children ages 6 to 12. It is the logical continuation of the young child’s Montessori experience. In the primary classrooms the children are preparing their minds and bodies to do the focused work of the elementary years. They have also been filling themselves with facts so that they when they enter the elementary program they can apply reason to their knowledge to further their understanding of the world around them.

The classroom functions as a small community, much the same way as the primary classroom. The older children serve as role models for the younger children who are then stimulated to respond to the ever increasing level of challenge in the classroom. Children at the elementary level continue to develop at their own pace in all areas of the classroom as well. They work not grades but for mastery of concepts.

The Montessori elementary curriculum works to develop the child as a citizen of the world. From ages siz to twelve children are working to discover their plan in the universe and what their contribution to the work will be. Therefore, in the classroom, great attention is paid to the interconnectedness of all life on Earth (past, present, and future). Historical, cultural, geographical, and scientific studies revolve around this premise and drive the curriculum. Math experiences are enriched by the numerous opportunities that arise from problem solving that involve higher level critical thinking skills. Math is explored as a theoretical discipline, encouraging the children to discover the relationship between abstractions. Language exercises act as the glue of the program tying all things together with a common thread. The children learn to love to play with language and in the process strengthen their reading, writing, and speaking skills. The curriculum goes far beyond the conventional academic courses of study.

The curriculum also integrates art, music, dramas, and foreign language instructions. All of the activities are tied directly to cultural units of study in the classroom. The children also participate in a wide range of physical education activities. In the past these have included: hiking, gardening, roller-skating, bowling, private lessons of golf instructions, dance gymnastics, private swimming lessons at the YMCA, martial arts, and soccer. These are done on a rotating schedule based upon the interests of the students each year. The children in the elementary program also remain connected to the greater MSE community through mentoring projects. The also participate in community service activities throughout Elkhart County. As children leave, MSE’s elementary program, they will find themselves not only more prepared for future academic endeavors, but also more prepared for the challenges of life.

  • Classroom session (Monday thru Friday)
    8:30am - 2:50pm

Montessori School of Elkhart
One Montessori Drive
Elkhart, Indiana 46514
574-264-3037
cmmse@netzero.net
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