Our Program

While utilizing the Montessori Method, each classroom is carefully prepared for the children to work and play with a mixed age range (2.5 to 6 years old). The children are guided through academic learning with a goal of providing them the opportunity to develop their full, individual potential and puts them on the path to becoming functionally independent.

 

The curriculum is based on Maria Montessori’s theories and principles, offering a prepared environment which allows freedom within limits. Children can gain a sense of self while experiencing practical life skills, sensorial, language development, mathematics, art and music, gross motor activities, geography, science, grace & courtesy and spiritual formation.

A child’s first year forms the foundation for each year that follows as the curriculum is considered emergent. The children stay in the same classroom, with the same AMI certified guides (lead teachers), until they are ready to transition to first grade. This atmosphere creates a wonderfully close and caring environment.

The Montessori Children’s House culminates with the child’s final Kindergarten year when he/she masters the knowledge learned in the years previous. This final year of a Montessori education provides the opportunity for the child to be a leader which develops problem solving, self-reliance, self-confidence and also develops compassion as he/she teaches their peers. The kindergarten year prepares a child well for first grade, whether they go on to a public or private school. 

Your Child's Year of Completion: Kindergarten

Dr. Maria Montessori's philosophies developed around the belief that children are self-motivated and have the desire within themselves to learn and become functionally independent.

An orderly environment is prepared for the children allowing them the freedom of choice within limits and freedom of movement.

The Montessori guide (lead teacher) observes the children and presents individual and small group lessons, allowing each child to develop spiritually, emotionally, socially and intellectually at their own pace.

Children show patterns of concentration and the need for repetition in order to refine and master a particular skill. In a Montessori classroom, children may work with a material they choose for as long as they wish, which allows the children the opportunity to develop attention to detail and increased concentration.

Grace and courtesy is the Montessori approach of guiding a child towards respect for the materials, environment and for being sensitive, caring and kind towards others. These values are necessary for moral and spiritual development and contribute to helping the child acquire a positive self-image.

 

The Montessori Method

The Curriculum

The curriculum is divided into four core areas of study: Practical Life | Sensorial | Language | Mathematics.

The study of art, music, geography, history, botany, and science are interwoven into the four areas.

Language: Language in the Montessori classroom incorporates the spoken and written language with the learning of sounds and alphabet. Creative language is explored while learning reading and cursive writing.

Practical Life: This provides for refinement and coordination of movement, order, repetition, and small muscle control. In addition, the children learn to care for themselves and their environment. This area also includes lessons in Grace & Courtesy.

Sensorial: The sensorial area offers sensory education of all the senses for reality based classification of the child’s impressions of the world. The language lessons in the sensorial area are given to aid in secure concepts and to give language to the child’s experience.

Mathematics: The mathematics area explores the base 10 system, linear counting, and exploration of all four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; along with the basics of the decimal system, clock and fractions. Beginning with concrete work with manipulatives, progress is made towards abstract concepts.

Children work with lessons in all of these areas at their own pace, moving on after mastering the materials of each level. Through active involvement, children develop independence, self-confidence, and critical problem solving skills.

 

“Our son has shown such wonderful growth in his love of reading, and his ability to solve complex problems has grown each year he has been at Good Shepherd Montessori.”

Good Shepherd welcomes all families and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, gender national origin, age, or disability.

805 SE Ellsworth Road Vancouver, WA 

Office: (360) 892-7770  

Email: gsmpk@goodshepherdvancouver.org

* Good Shepherd is a 501c non-profit