THE FOUR PILLARS
GRACE & COURTESY
• Download Letter of Interest
• Submit completed form via email, fax, post office or hand deliver.
• If space is available, the school registrar will contact you to discuss enrollment.
• If there is no space available, the school registrar will mail you a letter indicating what number you are on her current waiting list.
• No tours will be conducted unless you have secured enrollment.
• A new Parent Seminar will need to be attended. Depending on when you secure enrollment, you will need to attend the January or May meeting.
Note: New parents begin searching in January for the upcoming school year. By May we usually are full and have waiting lists. Be proactive and plan ahead. Occasionally spots become available during the school year. The registrar will contact those people on the waiing lists in the order they were submitted.
We are proud to announce that we are the only Infant/Toddler (AMI) Montessori Program in the Reno area.
Our 0-3 year old environment is unique in that we house all of our students in one classroom.
Both of our indoor and outdoor classrooms allow for self-directed exploration and offer successes that assist the child to easily obtain independence, while promoting a positive body scheme and self-image as well as creating a healthy self-esteem.
We focus on 5 main areas in the Infant/Toddler Community: Care of the person, care of the environment, the movement of furniture, food, and grace & courtesy. Language and toileting are also a HUGE part of our daily routine. Repetition plays a big part as well. All of these skills will best help the child to be independent and successful in life, and prepares the child to enter our Primary Program. We invite you to come see our community and look forward to becoming an integral part of your child’s learning experience!
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Contact Christi for program availability: email@example.com for program availability.
Or call 624-2800 extension 2205.
PRIMARY PROGRAM AGES 3-5
The Primary program is the foundation of the Montessori educational system. This program offers long, uninterrupted work periods that allow children to fully engage in tasks that they have chosen for themselves, under the careful, individual guidance of their teachers. Montessori children thus have repeated opportunities to explore materials, become engrossed in their activities, and experience regular states of concentrated focus. Our materials are scientifically designed to teach multiple skills and to enable children to problem solve, using their hands and senses. Thus they can independently repeat activities and achieve mastery.
The Montessori Environment: Elementary 6 to 12 years
Our Elementary Program includes a three-year experience in a Lower Elementary classroom for children ages 6 to 9 years old (1st through third grades) and a three-year experience in an Upper Elementary group for children 9 to 12 years old (4th through 6th grade). During these years, children are characterized by a reasoning mind, a thirst for knowledge, a sense of wonder, an attraction to peers and growth toward intellectual independence. Elementary students are offered key lessons and Great Stories that invite them to explore the world around them from the farthest reaches of the cosmos to the smallest flower. Experiential materials continue to help the child explore the areas of geography, history, math, language, biology, geometry, music and Spanish. Most lessons are in small group format and assume a collaborative spirit and a social interest in learning alongside and from one's peers.
Decision-making, problem-solving and social awareness are key components of the elementary experience. Our elementary teachers are observant, respectful and passionate about guiding each child to full engagement in every area of curriculum.
"The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination. Our aim therefore is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to tough his imagination as to enthuse him to his inmost core." ~Maria Montessori,
To Educate the Human Potential
Our adolescent program (grades 7-9) offers a unique combination of academic work and field experiences within a small, safe community. Teachers are subject matter specialists with additional Montessori training. Under their guidance, students participate in rigorous, individualized work. Students also have regular opportunities for creative expression, and are encouraged to organize community projects. Through knowledge and experience, our adolescents develop a better understanding of their roles in the larger society. They leave our program prepared to succeed in any high school environment.
High Desert Montessori School offers programs for our students that need to be dropped off earlier than our regular start time and picked up later than the end of the day. The "Before Care" and "After Care" enrichment programs are an option for parents for a nominal fee. We have very qualified assistants that run theses programs and activities are scheduled to help keep our students busy and occupied. An after school snack is provided to the students at no extra charge.
KID SCAPE PRODUCTIONS
KidScape Productions offers before, during, and after school workshops, assemblies, out-of-school time camps, and private coaching. Our high-energy, engaging curriculum is focused on developing important life skills through the creative outlet of professional acting, role play, improvisation, breath, and yoga. Our mindful approach to communication skills, social awareness, and confidence in speaking successfully builds, balances, and enhances physical and mental flexibility; emotional understanding and regulation; identifying and using social cues; as well as memory, recall, optimism, empathy, self-acceptance, self-esteem.
In a nutshell our focus is to help students become active participants in their life. KidScape Productions provides students professional tools for life long success in communication and relationships!
Alissa Surges - Chair
Judy Magee - Co-Chair
Shauna Marie - Board of Directors
Parent Rep Campbell Valle - Secretary
Robin Barry - Treasurer
All meetings are at 5:30 pm
January 7, 2016
February 4, 2016
April 7, 2016
March 3, 2016
May 5, 2016
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Terry Fowler - Chair
Bob Kastelic - Co-Chair
Liz Motter - Secretary
Shauna Marie - Parent Rep
Kay Ko - Treasurer
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FREEDOM & RESPONSIBILITY
CONVERGENT VS. DIVERGENT
Peaceful, Eco-literate, and Empowered Students
What is Montessori?
Montessori is a child-centered approach to education that encourages children to be actively involved in making decisions with respect to their own learning. Classrooms are mixed age, and teachers guide students individually and in small groups. Montessori lessons inspire children to experience learning as a process of discovery, while promoting concentration, self-direction, and independence.
Why Mixed Age Classrooms?
Montessori classrooms are mixed age for several reasons. Student learning is tailored to each child’s individual needs, so the available curriculum in each class spans several grade levels. Older children assist younger children, which enhances their communication and leadership skills. Children have the same teacher for several years, so a deep connection forms between teachers, children, and families. Montessori mixed age classrooms create a family-like atmosphere of community support and social awareness.
Does Montessori Follow A Curriculum?
Montessori children study the same subjects that other children do, including math, language, history, science, geography, art, and music. However, subjects are presented in an integrated way and children are able to immerse themselves in special topics of interest. Primary children (ages 3-6) learn skills that result in self direction and independence. Elementary children engage in research using original source materials instead of textbooks, and young adults in the adolescent program have opportunities for creative expression and engage in community outreach.
What is Montessori?
Why Mixed Age Classrooms?
Does Montessori Follow A Curriculum?
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