Children use hands-on materials to engage in learning. When a child becomes curious and wants to know more about the world of science, the teachers at North Star have the freedom and knowledge to individualize the child's learning to extend, expand and encourage their desire to learn.
At North Star Montessori, we are surrounded by nature and use our play yard to explore. We have many different types of trees, birds, and a butterfly garden for the children to enjoy.
Using a variety of activities each area integrates into the next to give the child a clear understanding of mathematical concepts.
Normalization is a process, which eventually leads the child to a state of being comfortable with him/herself and his/her abilities.
Sensory education directly prepares children for intellectual education by perfecting the organs of sense and also the nerve paths of projection and association.
Indirectly, sensory education facilitates the adaptation of the individual to his/her environment.
Overall, sensorial work helps children become more logical, aware, and perceptive.
The four main abilities that Everyday Living curriculum helps develop in a child are: Order, Coordination, Concentration & Independence.
Children develop concentration, coordination, fine motor skills, problem solving skills, & independence as they enjoy the process of making art.
At North Star Montessori, children gain the experience of learning a second language. In small groups children are introduced to Spanish vocabulary such as colors, numbers, farm animals, fruits etc. using hands-on materials from the Spanish shelf.
During a Spanish lesson, a North Star teacher shows a group of 2-3 children each object and names it in Spanish and the children repeat it. Then, each child has an opportunity to hold and name the object themselves. Short phrases, picture cards, and games are added to the lessons to add to the fun!
Everyday Living | Math | Sensorial | Science | Art | Language | Spanish | World Cultures & Geography
The preschool years are a period of rapid physical development and a time whereby much is assimilated through sensory activity.
Children at this age have a great interest in manipulating objects, and through this manipulation they become aware of the characteristics of objects, such as textures, colors, sizes, and shapes.
The purpose of Everyday Living activities is to help the child gain control in the coordination of their movements through multi-step processes that are visibly part of the human world. Children feel eager & empowered to master skills they see in their everyday routines. Ultimately, Everyday Living curriculum helps the child gain independence & normalizes the child to their society.
Preschool & Kindergarten Curriculum
Order is very important. Physical order in the classroom brings about a sense of order within the child. The organization of the shelves, and how each work is displayed on its tray, expresses order. This guides children to follow sequences of complex steps in order to meet their goals.
Our daily art curriculum focuses on cultivating children's creativity and imaginative spirit.
Some art is done in large groups and some is done as an independent choice.
"The senses, being the explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge."
-Dr. Maria Montessori
Children use a variety of tools such as beans, beads, feathers, sand, colored pencils, stencils, crayons, paper, water colors, tempera paints, and much more to create original art.
Just like no two children are exactly alike, each piece of art they create is a unique expression of themselves.
Phone: (517) 787-3026 | Hours: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
The Montessori early childhood education, for children ages 2 ½ – 6, encourages children to explore and discover, to collaborate with classmates, and to take ownership of their education.
North Star Montessori
Preschool & Kindergarten