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Schedule of Daily Activities

Extended AM

8:30AM-9:00AM  Free Play

AM Session

8:30AM-9:00AM  Work Time

9:00AM-9:20AM   Line Time - Greeting, Calendar, Pledge, Demonstrate Materials, Art, & Science

9:20AM-10:30AM Work Time & Snack Time

10:30AM-10:50AM Recess

10:50AM-11:20AM Line Time - Geometric Shapes, Music, Story, Work Time

11:20AM-11:40AM AM Departure, Toy Room & Line Time

PM Session

11:30AM-12:00PM Lunch & Library Time

12:00PM-12:30PM Recess

12:30PM-1:50PM Line Time - Demonstrate Works, Art, & Science

1:50PM-2:30PM Work Time & Snack Time

2:30PM-2:50PM Recess

2:50PM-3:20PM Line Time - Geometric Shapes, Music, Story, Work Time

3:20PM-3:40PM Afternoon Departure Toy Room

 

All Day

3:40PM-4:00PM Toy Room

4:00PM-4:30PM Work Time & Snack

Extended PM

4:30PM-6:00PM Aftercare Activities

Is Montessori Right for Your Child?

Every parent has the difficult task of choosing what school will provide their child with the experience that is best for them. We want you to make an educated decision that is right for your child and your family’s goals and values. Below is a side by side comparison of the differences between Montessori and traditional early education programs.

Montessori

Concrete Learning

Your child actively participates in learning, and the teacher acts as a guide in this process. The teacher’s instruction adapts to your student’s learning style and developmental level. Learning is concrete and involves hands-on manipulation of materials and exploration through the senses. Your child chooses his/her own work from their interests and abilities and concepts are taught within the context of their interests. Concentration is valued and your child will have uninterrupted time to develop a focused work cycle.

Traditional

Abstract Learning

The child is a participant in their learning. Learning is based on verbal and visual information and the child learns to memorize information as the teacher presents different concepts and ideas. The teacher guides the student throughout the day and curriculum is organized and structured for the child based on the minimum expected benchmarks for their age. Completion of assignments is valued and children are encouraged to finish tasks in a timely manner. The students’ time is tightly scheduled and structured throughout the day.

Montessori

Comprehensive Curriculum

Our school uses Montessori curriculum and includes the state core curriculum but is not constrained by these standards. Children can progress beyond expected age benchmarks and beyond minimal requirements for their age. They are not forced to learn curriculum below their level and they are not introduced to curriculum before they are ready. We offer core curriculum subjects and expand on the curriculum with subjects that can’t be offered in traditional settings. Subjects offered include the following subjects:

  • Practical Life
  • Sensorial
  • Phonetics
  • Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Science
  • Music/Dance
  • Physical Education
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Foreign Language
  • Grace and Courtesy
  • Botany
  • Zoology

Traditional

State Core Curriculum Standards

Traditional preschools may offer curriculum that meets guidelines for core curriculum standards defined by the state office of education in the state which you reside or offer curriculum that is based on expectations for different age ranges. Some programs have less emphasis on academics and may not align with core curriculum standards at all. In Utah, the core curriculum subjects include:

  • Language/Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social/Emotional and Social Studies
  • Creative Arts
  • Physical/Health and Safety

Montessori

Individual Lessons and Intrinsic Motivation

The classroom environment is prepared with materials that correspond to specific developmental stages. Under the teacher’s guidance, the children freely choose to select materials to work on. Learning is reinforced internally through the child’s own repetition of an activity and internal feelings of success. The child is allowed to spot their own errors through feedback from the materials; errors are viewed as part of the learning process. Grades are not emphasized, but close observation and documentation of the child’s skills are made to ensure they are making meaningful progress.

Traditional

Equal Lessons and Extrinsic Motivation

Children are given equal lessons geared towards average age ability. Teachers sometimes differentiate by grouping children who have a similar skill levels together, but standard lesson plans geared at the average learner will typically dictate what is taught. Learning is reinforced through teacher feedback, test scores, and grades. Errors are usually mistakes that are recognized by the teacher and corrected. The teacher often uses repetition to teach correct answers and encourage accuracy in responding.

Montessori

Mixed Age Groups

Montessori classrooms are mixed age groups, spanning 3 years, this grouping creates a family-like environment where older children can mentor younger children and younger children feel supported because they have role models to look to. This environment gives students confidence to explore and learn. Younger students grow and develop skills to mentor other children and children learn different roles and feel like an integral part of the classroom community.

Traditional

Divided by Age or Skill Level

Traditional classrooms are divided by age and sometimes skill level. Ages typically span one year and classroom teaching is geared specifically for the age group of the class. Students start at a similar point in their educational experience. Children progress through the curriculum at the pace set by their teacher.

Contact Us

7839 S. Highland Drive
Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121

801-942-2929

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