Finding the right school for your three to six year-old can be difficult when faced with so many daycare options. You want your child to do more than just play, but not many programs are offering that for very young children. As an innovative Montessori school, we are known for exceptional nurturance of children’s social, emotional, and academic development, while also providing a warm and diverse school community.
Our Montessori classrooms are carefully prepared to nurture and strengthen each child’s natural tendency to learn and master academic and social skills, even at very young ages. As the second oldest Montessori school in the country, we have the experience to prepare your child for future success.
Preschool Through Kindergarten
At Milwaukee Montessori School, Children’s House (CH) is the first academic level in our Montessori Program, serving children in the preschool and kindergarten years.
Dr. Maria Montessori believed that even very young children could learn sophisticated intellectual skills. Our Montessori classroom environments are carefully prepared to nurture the natural tendencies inherent in all children to master their own environments and learn and perfect their academic and social skills.
Scroll down to discover more about the lessons and how they prepare the student for the future. Our Curriculum Timelines for Math and Language feature actual students and lessons.
The Montessori lessons in Practical Life are designed to increase a child’s independence and concentration. Children begin to care for themselves by putting on their own coats, hats, and shoes, and packing and carrying their own backpacks. They learn to set the table for snack and lunch, pour their own milk, wash the table after lunch, sweep the floor, and clean up after themselves by returning materials and items to the shelves where they belong. While these may seem like simple tasks, they are really multi-step processes that take time, deliberate thought, and attention to detail. These simple tasks play a significant role in aiding the development of coordination, work stamina, and concentration.
Grace & Courtesy
Lessons in grace and courtesy give young children the tools for polite interactions with others, such as learning a proper greeting with a handshake; saying please, excuse me, and I apologize; offering food to others from a tray; using a napkin; and eating politely with the correct utensils during meals. Our students learn to keep themselves safe by memorizing important addresses and phone numbers, learning how to ask adults for help, and practicing safety procedures inside and outside of our school.
The sensorial exercises are central to developing a strong literary mind. As children sequence by size, color, sound, and texture, they become sensitized to the task of discriminating letters as they begin to learn to read and write. Children begin to learn letter formation using the cursive alphabet and ultimately learn to write reports and stories in beautiful cursive handwriting. Learning the letter names and sounds, matching the names to objects and pictures, and finally composing words using the sounds of letters leads to early reading – a true joy and source of pride for our young students.
Geography, Botany & Zoology
Lessons in geography, botany, and zoology open the wonders of the world’s continents, the locations and names of oceans and seas, as well as the names of indigenous plants and animals in each geographic area. Children move from recognizing a continent to naming, spelling, and drawing maps of the continents, and finally mapping each continent with its countries, bodies of water, and indigenous plants and animals. While geography knowledge is lacking in most American schools, our very young students have a strong working knowledge of the earth’s geographical features.
The Children’s House mathematics program begins with the identification and comparison of size using the sensorial materials. Children then learn the names and symbols of numbers, correspond the symbols to quantities, and subsequently count into the thousands. Children add and subtract, skip-count for multiplication, and perform simple division. When asked, most students in the Children’s House say math is their very favorite subject.
Language lessons enable students to understand vocabulary, spelling, reading, and writing composition. Tracing sandpaper letters helps our youngest students recognize the letters and phonetic sounds of the alphabet, which they then can use to create compositions based on lessons in zoology. Even our youngest students develop a sophisticated vocabulary and command of the English language; typical MMS students are solid readers and writers in kindergarten and bring reading homework home each evening. See the student work gallery.
Extended Day Children’s House students also attend Studio Art classes, Music, Spanish, and Physical Education one or more times per week.
History Dr. Montessori's Children's House
In the early 1900s the prevailing belief was that children could not benefit from school until the age of eight. Maria Montessori, the first Italian woman to become a Medical Doctor, began to question this as she worked with young children and observed the ways they learned. Based on her observations, in 1907 Montessori opened her first school in an impoverished area of Rome with the intention of preparing underprivileged children for school. Her program would educate the young children in basic academic concepts, good manners, age-appropriate conversational skills, and good hygiene so by age eight, they could compete with children from more privileged backgrounds.
In a short time, it became clear that Montessori’s preschool students were flourishing and even outperforming more privileged children in school assessments. Word of this success spread, and soon preschools based on Dr Montessori’s program opened across Europe, America, India, and eventually the United States.
Scroll down to see our Curriculum Timelines for Math and Language featuring our students!