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We Nurture A Love of Learning

Hands-on materials facilitate self-directed learning.

pic_learningThe Montessori curriculum is all-encompassing, designed specifically to engage the child’s whole being. Because a child learns by doing, the brain is actively forming connections based on first-hand experiences and initiative. Dr. Montessori’s awareness of brain function and sensitive periods are integrated into the Montessori materials, to build on your child’s natural interest in:

  • Language, opening the door to writing, reading, and the parts of speech.
  • Counting, introducing and understanding of the decimal system and processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  • Artistic self-expression, through the introduction of various skills and media.

Morning community time in our school is an integral part of the three-hour Montessori work cycle. Children gather with their teachers in the center of the classroom for music, lively discussions, and sharing.

Montessori Kids Universe also incorporates a unique and proprietary Reggio Emilia inspired curriculum; STEAM; science, technology, engineering, arts and math as enrichment to our program.

Each school has age appropriate outdoor playgrounds for large motor activity and areas for children’s gardening.

Three-year mixed-age grouping.

pic_learning02The mixed-age grouping serves to promote independence in younger children and is the foundation of learning and leadership skills in older children. Older children mentor students, acting as a role model both socially and academically. This allows them to receive guidance and support throughout the day, creating a cohesive and collaborative learning environment.

Independence is encouraged in the classroom.

In an MKU school; we carefully teach children how to care for their own needs and provide opportunities to improve by practice. The Montessori classroom is uniquely structured to provide constant exposure to exercises in self-efficacy through:

  • Self-guided learning, in which children work independently with a control of error.
  • Self-structured play experiences, where children are offered free play with their peers.
  • Self-regulated language, which gives children unstructured social interaction through the work cycle and other community time.

The classroom is a community; inspiring leaders of tomorrow.

pic_learning03The classroom is treated as a community. Children are guided to solve every problem that arises with independence and creativity. They work together to resolve conflicts, clean up spills, organize workspace, and care for their environment. In the third year of the Primary program, your child will fulfill the culmination of this community experience and act as a seasoned mentor.

The curriculum is highly individualized.

The art of being a Montessori teacher is in understanding each child’s needs and guiding him to a lesson or activity that combines both interest and the right challenge level – not too difficult and not too easy. Through the assistance of our software tool; the teacher can assess the individual needs of each child; guiding him to the appropriate lesson. Each lesson is presented to the child based on their unique skills; individual potential and current level of development. This allows the child to remain deeply engaged, thus increasing their ability to focus. It is through this highly individualized method; each child is free to grow and develop at their own individualized pace of learning.

Each Classroom is guided by a certified Montessori teacher.

Each classroom is guided by a certified Montessori Lead teacher. An Assistant teacher is also in the classroom to help children as needed, without interfering with a child’s concentration.

The Primary Program includes:

Montessori curriculum focuses on:

  • Practical life skills, such as caring for the environment through activities like sweeping, scrubbing, and polishing.
  • Working on strengthening fine and gross motor skills.
  • Language skills through the engagement of stories, songs, and dance.
  • Work with letter formation and phonetic sounds, establishing the basis for reading and writing.
  • An introduction to numbers, the decimal system, and geometric figures through the use of concrete materials.
  • An exploration of land and water forms, and the parts of plants and animals.
  • Learning about the political countries of the world.
  • A continued exploration into music and art.

Your child will leave the Primary program an articulate speaker and writer, able to express thoughts and ideas in well-formed sentences with careful handwriting. In addition, your child experiences a culmination of receptive language skills, becoming a confident reader and conscientious listener.

Grace and Courtesy

The lessons in Grace and Courtesy play an important part role in the Montessori Method. Not only are these lessons presented and learned in a Montessori classroom, they are also carried on to include courtesy to those outside our immediate community through community service. Maria Montessori believed that it is the duty of every person to work toward and be part of something great, which not only serves individual interests, but also those of all humanity. For children to understand this, they need to be nurtured in the ways of grace, courtesy, and service, in the hopes of letting these flourish and grow throughout their lives.

Enrichment Activities

Activities to supplement the MKU academic program include:

  • Foreign-language
  • Music class – plus in-house art
  • Cooking
  • Yoga
  • Reggio Emilia
  • Gardening
  • STEAM