Primary (ages 2 years and 9 months - 5)
Our primary program is based around a few key areas:
Kindergarten & First Grade (ages 5-7)
Kindergarten, the culminating year of the Children’s House cycle, provides an extraordinary opportunity for 5-6 year-olds to develop leadership skills. Kindergartners act as role models for their younger classmates as they take responsibility for themselves and their environment, work collaboratively with their peers, and help younger children with tasks and the use of materials. This leadership role promotes children’s deeper understanding of social and academic concepts and skills and gives them the confidence to meet new challenges. It is truly a year of extraordinary growth and development.
Our program integrates children of varying ages and abilities, per Montessori teachings. Children work at their own level, whether accelerated, at grade level, or remedial. Children are taught individually and in small groups. Phonics and comprehension are an integral part of the curriculum.
Fields of study include reading, penmanship, creative writing, art, math, science, history, research methods, foreign language, computer skills, and music.
Our elementary program is registered with the State Department of Education and all of our programs align with California Common Core standards.
Foreign Language and Culture
Young children's minds are like sponges - they don't have to consciously learn and translate from English as we adults do. At the same time, knowing a second language enhances children's appreciation of other cultures and peoples. We've been instructing our students in German since the early days. Our German instructor leads weekly lessons in German language, song, dance, and culture. Our teachers speak Italian, and Spanish. It is not uncommon to hear children singing in many languages.
Dance & Movement
Dance and music encourage creative expression, social skills, and physical fitness. Not to mention it brings the children a lot of joy and establishes a love of music and dance right from the start.
After the untimely passing of our beloved dance instructor Miss Franky, Diamond Dance lives on through Miss Rochelle who leads the children in dance instruction on Wednesday, with a focus on ballet and jazz. This culminates in our year-end graduation celebration in May, when the children perform on stage in front of family and friends.
Children's Music Program