Children’s House (2.5– 6 years)
Our multi-age classrooms at Litchfield Montessori School that support the three-year cycle also develop a sense of community, encouraging cooperative learning across age-groups and building our children’s sense of security and self-esteem. This social and emotional growth complements their intellectual development. Children who learn both independently and cooperatively develop a keen sense of their own responsibility for learning as well as a high level of empathy and respect for others in the shared enterprise of learning.
Within our large, sunlit Children’s House classrooms, children explore and discover the wonders and processes of the surrounding world. The carefully arranged classrooms and intriguing materials stimulate both their five senses and their intellects, inspiring each child’s curiosity and encouraging his or her development. Our Montessori certified teachers guide each child’s independent choices with materials that both challenge and engage the child’s aesthetic and creative imagination and plant the seeds that grow into the skills of reading, writing, and mathematics.
Our Extended Day program allows children to work individually and in groups on deeper investigations in language, mathematics, science, geography, and history. During the Extended Day year, children have greater opportunities to practice tasks that require stamina, concentration, and cognitive as well as physical skills. Our children grow socially as they develop grace and courtesy through practicing lunch formalities and caring for their environment.
Principles of Children’s House:
- Children are respected for their inherent sense of order and individual plane of development. Children in this age span work both independently and with each other to learn both social and academic life skills. The younger child observes, studies and practices what the older child has an opportunity to role model
- Emphasis is placed on caring and respecting the self, others and the world around them
- Sensorial, didactic teaching materials engage all the senses as the child explores concepts of language, writing and reading preparation, Spanish, math concepts, art, science, music, and cultural studies
- An extended day is offered to the Children’s House student who is at least five years old, has been in the environment for at least one year, and shows readiness to engage in and contribute to lengthier activities. Small group projects, lesson extensions and physical education enhance the curriculum.