Montessori Luna is committed to providing a highly educational environment inside and outside the classroom fostering independence, self worth, kindness and tolerance to a global community. Our intimate set-up allows us to provide individualized lessons and engage children in meaningful learning.
Our home-like environment set-up with large windows offering plentiful natural light makes our micro school a nurturing place for children to explore.
“The essence of independence i s to be able to do something for one’s self.” Maria Montessori
Through the exercises and repetition of “practical” skills, children learn how to complete work from beginning to end by following a sequence of performance steps. These activities include many of the tasks children see as part of the daily life in their home such as buttoning, zipping, setting the table, watering plants, preparing food, arranging flowers, etc. Grace and courtesy presentations help children to understand the practice of culturally appropriate social behaviors in a fun way.
Language growth is vital to a child’s development. The Montessori environment is rich in oral language opportunities, allowing the child to experience conversations, stories and songs. Beginning with the sandpaper letters, children link sound and symbol, encouraging the development of written expression and reading skills. At the next level, the children move on to reading comprehension, sentence structure, vocabulary development, and writing skills.
Soccer Shots Classic utilizes creative and imaginative games to focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing and shooting. A positive character trait such as respect, teamwork and appreciation is highlighted in each session.
Snapology is one of enrichment programs that offers hands on activities to encourage social skills and team work while teaching science, technology, engineering, art, math and literacy concepts.
Gardening & ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS
We believe in creating a sustainable environment for our children. Our students are involved in planting, caring for our organic vegetables, composting material, recycling goods and believe in the commitment to respect our living creatures.
Math materials help the child learn and understand mathematical concepts by working with concrete materials. This work gives children a solid understanding of basic mathematical principles, prepares them for later abstract reasoning, and helps to develop problem-solving capabilities. This area includes a range from number recognition, place value, subtraction, addition and ordinal counting; all the way to multiplication and division.
As part of a global community, Spanish is taught as a second language. Lessons are delivered in both English and Spanish and children are consistently exposed to folkloric Spanish music.
Finger paint, clay and abundance of hand-on activities help our children to develop their fine motor skills.
The Sensorial materials serve as tools for development. The materials in this area include various activities to teach the children shapes, colors, spatial relationships and logical thinking skills. By touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, listening, and exploring children learn to order and classify the physical properties of their environment. Such activities increase the child’s awareness and provide a repertoire of sensorial experiences through which they will use to perceive the world around them.
Cultural Studies include geography, biology, botany, zoology, physical science, art and music. These subjects are usually presented to reinforce another concept in the classroom. For example, children learn about people and cultures in other countries alongside their geographical studies. Broadening the scope of their basic studies will offer children an underlying knowledge, overall understanding, and earned appreciation for the world around them. Every year in October we celebrate our International day to embrace all of our families’ heritages.
Classes are designed to help children develop balance, body awareness, strength, flexibility and coordination, while teaching the basic fundamentals of waiting your turn, standing in line, following obstacle courses independently, and staying with the instructor.