Culture

17The culture of the Montessori classroom includes geography, history, botany, biology, science, art and music. Children begin exploring these concepts through direct hands-on experiences. They learn the continents through songs and puzzles. To further deepen their learning, they construct their maps of the world. Next, they study different cultures, including food, clothing, shelter – the three basic needs of man. In the third year, the children’s inquiries and explorations become deeper, including land and water forms, indigenous animal species, and natural resources. Botany and biology study begins with learning the parts of a flower or animal species. Hands-on activities include cultivating plants, tapping maple trees for sap, and observing the life cycle of live butterflies in each classroom.

Experiences outside of the classroom include visits to The Audubon, the Discovery Museum, and musical theater. In-house field trips include drumming circles and performance artists. All children attend weekly French and creative movement classes. Families are given the option to enroll in weekly group music classes or piano lessons.