SECRET GARDEN PROGRAMS

OUR PROGRAMS CURRENTLY SERVE CHILDREN FROM INFANCY THROUGH AGE 13
SPROUTS INFANT/TODDLER for infants through age 3
PRIMARY PROGRAM for ages 3 through 6
SUMMER PROGRAM for infants through age 13
EXTENDED AND VACATION CARE for infants through age 13​
CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

There are five main academic areas and two main socio-emotional developmental areas which make up the integrated prepared environment:

 

Practical Life: Activities which link the home and class, developing grace and courtesy, care of self and care of the environment.

Sensorial: Games which enable the child to order, classify and describe the world through the senses.

Mathematics: Use of manipulative materials allows children to internalize math and number concepts.


Language arts: Oral and written opportunities for expression lead to reading, grammar and drama.


Cultural study: Geography, history and life science as well as art, music and dance integrated into the daily work of the class. 

Grace and Courtesy: Each interaction in the classroom offers students the opportunity to engage in exercises of grace and courtesy.  Experiences such as learning to move elegantly through space, setting a tea table, or extending an offer of help to a friend are but a few examples of how Grace and Courtesy manifest in the Montessori classroom

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Peace Education: Montessori understood that meaningful pathways to living peacefully would only be successful if forged through children's experiences. Some of the many ways this is done in our classroom is through things such as exposure to and appreciation for all of the worlds peoples, meaningful conflict resolution and mindfulness-based activities.

 

DAILY RHYTHMS

SECRET GARDEN PROGRAMS

OUR PROGRAMS CURRENTLY SERVE CHILDREN FROM INFANCY THROUGH AGE 13
SPROUTS INFANT/TODDLER for infants through age 3
PRIMARY PROGRAM for ages 3 through 6
SUMMER PROGRAM for infants through age 13
EXTENDED AND VACATION CARE for infants through age 13​
CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

The Montessori principles of independence, respect and responsibility for children are woven throughout all we do at SGM. The school's values of community, respect, individualized and experiential education and self-reliance are reflective of these key philosophical concepts.

Each program is tailored to the specific developmental needs of the varied ages of children while the common curriculum areas and principles remain the same across all our program offerings.

There are five main academic areas and two main socio-emotional developmental areas which make up the integrated prepared environment:

 

Practical Life: Activities which link the home and class, developing grace and courtesy, care of self and care of the environment.

Sensorial: Games which enable the child to order, classify and describe the world through the senses.

Mathematics: Use of manipulative materials allows children to internalize math and number concepts.


Language arts: Oral and written opportunities for expression lead to reading, grammar and drama.


Cultural study: Geography, history and life science as well as art, music and dance integrated into the daily work of the class. 

Grace and Courtesy: Each interaction in the classroom offers students the opportunity to engage in exercises of grace and courtesy.  Experiences such as learning to move elegantly through space, setting a tea table, or extending an offer of help to a friend are but a few examples of how Grace and Courtesy manifest in the Montessori classroom

.

Peace Education: Montessori understood that meaningful pathways to living peacefully would only be successful if forged through children's experiences. Some of the many ways this is done in our classroom is through things such as exposure to and appreciation for all of the worlds peoples, meaningful conflict resolution and mindfulness-based activities.

 

DAILY RHYTHMS

We understand that consistency and routine are critical to ensuring children feel safe and secure in their school experience. This is why you will find that across all programs, the children's daily rhythms remain the same with small adjustments according to their unique developmental needs.

7:00-8:30 am Before care group convenes in small classroom, eating breakfast, getting dressed, playing games and activities

8:30-8:50 am School day children arrive, say quick good-byes and teachers assist in hanging up coats, putting on inside shoes, settling in

9:00am School day starts, children work/play at activities of their choosing

15-20 min window Mid-morning -Gathering time occurs at the start of day prior to work period for Primary and proceeding work time/before transitioning to outdoor play for Sprouts

10:45am Prep to transition to outdoor play

11:00am-12:00pm Outdoor play 

12:00-12:45pm Lunch hour

12:45pm-2:45pm Rest time for children 4 and under, Older students first listen to stories and then continue lessons

2:45pm-3:00pm Transition to dismissal time

3:00pm-5:30pm Aftercare group convenes, typically right out to play and then finishing up the day inside with games and activities

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