Learning at MSD

Children’s House

Half Day

Age 33 months and potty trained

Students: Early beginners who want to ease into their first schooling experience. The majority of our half-day beginners request to switch to full day by the second semester.

Schedule:
7:30-8:30am Before-Care
8:15-8:30am Arrival
8:30-11:30am Morning Work Cycle & Snack
11:30-12:00pm Recess
12:00pm Dismissal

Objectives: Acclimate to a formal schooling experience, develop practical life skills, gain independence and a healthy sense of self.

Full Day

Age 33 months to 4 years old

Students: Beginners who are ready for a full-day school experience.

Schedule:
7:30-8:30am Before-Care
8:15-8:30am Arrival
8:30-11:30am Morning Work Cycle & Snack
11:30-12:00pm Recess
12:00-12:30pm Lunch
12:30-3:30pm Afternoon Work Cycle or Nap
3:30pm Dismissal
3:30-5:30pm After-Care

Objectives: Develop practical life skills, gain independence and a healthy sense of self.

Kindergarten

Age 5 by September 1

Students: Although the majority of our Kindergarteners have matriculated from MSD’s Children’s House, having prior Montessori experience isn’t required for new applicants.

Schedule:
7:30-8:30am Before-Care
8:15-8:30am Arrival
8:30-11:30am Morning Work Cycle & Snack
11:30-12:00pm Recess
12:00-12:30pm Lunch
12:30-3:30pm Afternoon Work Cycle
3:30pm Dismissal
3:30-5:30pm After-Care

Objectives: Independence, confidence, leadership, develop curiosity and build a strong foundation for academic life in Elementary school.

Curriculum

The Montessori Children’s House curriculum is composed of four core areas:

Practical Life – Hands-on, everyday activities like polishing, washing, and scrubbing that help children develop the ability to concentrate.

Sensorial – Materials that allow children to explore the qualities of our physical world through shapes, colors, textures, sounds, tastes, and so on.

Language – Language is everywhere in the Primary classroom. With the guidance of their teacher, children progress individually based on their own interests, from oral language to symbolic language. Writing happens first and then reading.

Mathematics – Using a hands-on approach, children are given a concrete impression of numbers and quantities through materials that represent the decimal system. Counting happens first, then simple to complex operations as the child’s interest allows.

Elementary

Students entering 1st-6th Grade

Students: We welcome both 1st graders moving up from MSD’s Children’s House, and grade school children who come to us from other schools.

Schedule:
7:30-8:30am Before-Care
8:15-8:30am Arrival
8:30-11:30am Morning Work Cycle
11:30-12:00pm Lunch
12:00-12:30pm Recess
12:30-3:30pm Afternoon Work Cycle
3:30pm Dismissal
3:30-5:30pm After-Care

Objectives:

  • Learn how to learn.
  • Develop a positive relationship to learning.
  • Become strong readers, curious researchers, assertive hands-on experimenters, and resilient risk-takers.
  • Possess the flexibility, reflectivity, open-mindedness, and compassion to be able to socialize and interact with people from all walks of life.

Curriculum

The Montessori Elementary curriculum’s foundation is in the Great Lessons, which are stories designed to open a vastness in the child’s mind and prompt them to think about the universe and the earth as our home, the beginning of life, human beings, communication, and numbers. Beginning with this vastness harnesses the children’s natural curiosity to understand their own place in the complex and rich history of time.

Lessons are given in small groups and children tend to work on projects together. A great deal of social problem solving, diplomacy, and respect is learned every day by children in the Elementary classroom as they work together. Elementary students receive lessons in mathematics, language, geometry, history, zoology, and botany. They also learn about art, history, and earth science, and participate in PE. Children work at their own pace, even beyond their grade level. Our Elementary also participates in various field trips, museum visits, concerts, and “Going Out” trips of the children’s own devising.

Parent-Child Play Group Birth-3

Wednesdays from 9:15-10:30

Parents, infants and toddlers are welcome to join other parents to get advice on parenting and talk about the benefits of a Montessori approach while children explore the Montessori environment and socialize with their peers.

$5 a family drop-in or $35 for the semester.  

RSVP encouraged because space is limited.

The group is facilitated by Laura Goodman, Head of School and a licensed parent educator. Call 218-728-4600 or email office@montessoriduluthmn.org to register.