Power of Two Montesori

The Educational Program

The Montessori Primary program offers a unique, mixed-age classroom environment, for children approximately 3 to 5 years old. Here, children engage in individual learning experiences, as well as one-on-one interactions, which are integral to the Montessori Method.

The “prepared environment” is Maria Montessori's concept that the environment can be designed to facilitate maximum independent learning and exploration by the child. In the prepared environment, there is a variety of activity as well as a great deal of movement.

A teacher groups Montessori materials from the same learning area on adjoining shelves. This way a students can easily find materials they would like to work on, and progress at their own pace. The five areas of a Montessori classroom are: Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, and Cultural.

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Mother and a Child

The main purpose of a Montessori school is to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment which will help the child develop an excellent foundation for creative learning.

 

The goal is developing a positive attitude toward school!

The 6 Main Elements of the Prepared Environment

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freedom

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nature and

reality

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structure

and order

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social

environment

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beauty

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intellectual

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The five key areas of learning in the Montessori environment include:

Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics and Cultural Subjects.

The Three-Hour Cycle

In many cases, the three-hour cycle is the first activity of the day following morning circle. So a typical Montessori classroom involves students, parents, and educators arriving at the classroom, engaging in greetings and circle time, then continuing on to the 3-hour work period.

Integrated Programs

Kodály Method

Music Class

A Hungarian composer and educator named Zoltan Kodály created an ingenious teaching method nearly 100 years ago that emphasized collaboration, expressiveness, creativity and other skills. Kodály’s method flourished and is today one of the preferred ways to expose young children to musical concepts.

The Kodály method is an approach to music education rooted in the idea that music should be a social and cultural experience, and asserts that musical concepts, creativity, and collaboration are best taught in group music lessons, particularly for young children.

Kodály believed that music was among the most important subjects taught in schools. He believed that music should be taught in a logical and sequential manner; there should be a pleasure in learning music; learning should not be torturous; and the voice is the most accessible, universal instrument.

Chess

As part of our regular class offering, all children will enjoy a P2Montessori specialty chess unit, developed by our owner/founder. Children who are interested and who have mastered the chess unit in the classroom will have an opportunity to take private lessons with a specialist once a week.

Chess Board
Yoga Mats

Children's Yoga

Yoga helps children develop better body awareness, self-control, flexibility and coordination. Playful poses such as Cat, Flower and Airplane, as well as partner poses that can be performed with friends, teach children the basics. With the help of “flash cards,” children develop mental focus, balance and strength, forming the basis of a lifelong love of yoga.

Gymnastics/Physical Education

At P2Montessori, we believe physical education should be a part of everyday life, in order to develop a healthy body and mind. Positive encouragement, teamwork, good sportsmanship and physical exercise are all keys to developing both self-respect and respect for others.

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Arts & Crafts

Painting Brush

Art, along with all areas of the classroom, gives children a solid foundation for future growth. Through art they are exploring, creating, expressing, and developing self.

 

We provide a rich art area in the classroom, and give children a chance to choose their medium: paints, pastels, clay, pencils, crayons.

 

Maria Montessori didn't believe that you could “teach” a child to become an artist; however, she was a strong believer in nurturing children's creative abilities and teaching them to develop “…an eye that sees, a hand that obeys, and a soul that feels.”

Spanish

Power of Two Montessori is proud to announce that we started our Spanish lessons with Miss Sofia, a native Spanish speaker from Colombia. Miss Sofia will introduce each lesson with the Montessori Spanish curriculum developed by a Montessori teacher. The children will have presentations on colors, transportation, food, nature and much more. Miss Sofia will integrate her lessons and materials into the Montessori classroom environment. She will be here on Tuesdays and Fridays. Miss Sofia is looking forward to getting to know you all the students and show the child a bit of the world through a new language.

 

‘Bilingualism is an incredible gift to give a child. It goes beyond just learning another language. It broadens mental development, thought patterns and the world’s perspective’

-Bilingual Mom in Oregon