Infant and Toddler Program
The purpose of the Toddler Program at GMPS is to encourage, assist and protect the normal development of each child. The prepared environment helps each child foster his/her basic needs for independence, exploration, and the building of trust.
The structure of the curriculum is based on four developmental areas:
With this basis, the children develop language and communication skills, fine and gross motor skills, grace and courtesy skills, and independence.
Dr. Montessori emphasized the need for a rich environment and noted the speed at which children can develop. “If our own adult ability be compared with the child’s, we should need sixty years of hard work to do what he or she does in three.”
The school environment is the curriculum.
In our Casa dei Bambini, the child is the focus and the teacher acts as the guide; we strive to “follow the child” understanding that each child is unique and has individual learning styles.
The classroom is peaceful and calm, fostering respect for each other and for the earth. The children are encouraged to be independent, self-reliant and purposeful.
The child learns to build himself through the varied activities offered in the 5 different areas of the class.
Practical Life. Child-sized materials facilitate the building of essential skills such as fine and large motor, a sense of order, concentration and independence.
Sensorial Life. The exercises in this area help train the senses and encourages logical and systematic thinking. The child is given the language to classify and name objects around him or her. This area is a wonderful preparation for Math.
Language. The Casa dei Bambini is an environment rich with opportunities to learn about language. The reading system is phonetic which helps the children to become early readers.
Mathematics. Dr. Montessori designed Math materials which concretize the abstract concept of numbers. Manipulating these concrete materials, children are able to learn advanced Math concepts at an early age.
Cultural area. The subjects of music, art, geography, history, botany, and zoology all fall within this area. The child’s sense of wonder and his inquisitive mind are nourished through many group discussions and manipulative work with materials on various cultural topics.
The Casa dei Bambini is a safe, calm and respectful environment – a wonderful place for the preschool-aged child to be.
Montessori education is truly, a preparation for life.
The Elementary Program
The Montessori Elementary Program revolves around Dr. Montessori’s Cosmic Education philosophy - a holistic approach to aiding the child in his whole development.
The universe is presented to the child through Dr. Montessori’s “Five Great Stories” making up a great epic story. From these formal lessons presented by the teacher, the child is able to link to the other areas or subjects of learning.
The school programs are complemented by dynamic and challenging activities in the areas of Fitness and Well Living, Creative Arts and Drama, Music, Computer Science, Spanish, Gardening and Cooking.
Character Building and Stewardship Programs include: Montessori Grace and Courtesy Exercises; Montessori Peace Education Program; The Virtues Program and The Earth Charter Initiative.
We also offer daily after-school activities including but not limited to: Swim team, Chess club, Beach Fridays (sailing, scuba, snorkeling, kayaking), Yoga, Dance, Mandarin Chinese classes, Computer Club, Pottery, Arts and Crafts, Music, and Tennis.