Early Childhood Program (Ages 3 – 6):
Dr. Montessori believed that children are naturally brilliant and perfect. When children are provided with an enriching environment and support they will unravel the joy of learning. We at SMA provide all the materials and guidance to children at our school, so that they can learn in a fun and nurturing environment. Our class rooms are divided into the following areas:
Practical life exercises help children improve their concentration, coordination, order and independence. They prepare children for reading, writing and arithmetic. Children work on improving motor coordination, gross motor and fine motor skills.
Sensorial materials help children to order and sequence the abstractions that they form by interacting with the environment. These materials prepare children for an intellectual life. By refining the senses they help children develop cognitive skills such as thinking, judging, associating and comparing. This help’s children develop a mathematical mind.
Language sequence teaches children to read and write in a step by step process. Children first learn the sounds of the letters, then blend the sounds together to build words. They are then introduced to non phonetic words and finally grammar.
Children at SMA learn math with concrete materials first before moving on to working on abstract material. This is a great way to teach math to young children. They will grasp the fundamentals thoroughly.
Children are naturally inquisitive to learn the world around them. Science satisfies the natural curiosity of children. We have a strong science based curriculum that will help children develop an inquisitive mind. They will learn concepts, observe and record activities.
Children learn the geography of the world including the maps of the continents. they will also learn about the cultures of the world. Diversity is celebrated in SMA and we learn and celebrate different cultures of the world.
Mandarin/Spanish Language Classes:
Students can choose between Mandarin and Spanish language classes. Our native-speaking teachers teach Spanish/Mandarin language and culture.
Specialized music teacher visits our school once a week to teach music to our students. Our students are introduced to musical instruments, movement and rhythm. Weekly music classes will lay a foundation to a life-long love for music.