Children’s House 1, 2 and 3 are three classrooms of students ages 3 to 6 years old. Each classroom starts with the children greeting each other, planning the day and practicing silence (short meditation) before choosing their work.
During the work period, which takes up most of the morning, the students move around in the classroom choosing materials related to math, reading, geography, nature, science and art. Practical life skills and social-emotional development are incorporated into this work time as the children work one-on-one with the teachers and with each other.
After the work period the children clean the classroom and get together for a large group lesson. The afternoons are spent playing outside, walks around the neighborhood, naps for the youngest children and separate kindergarten lessons for the 5-6 year olds at the Annex.
All of the children enjoy learning special skills that include art, Spanish, yoga and games. The teachers in CH1 , CH2 and CH3 focus on helping the children develop curiosity about their environment, an interest in discovering and learning new things, as well as how to learn from each other.
The Montessori methods for fostering a child’s innate love for learning are fully practiced in all three Children’s Houses.