|Our Learning Environment
foundation for all other activities in the Montessori
classroom, fulfilling the child’s plea: “Help me to do it
myself!” Through exercises in daily living, such as
pouring and scrubbing, sewing and gardening, or
practicing grace and courtesy, the child gains
confidence and mastery of the environment, After
individual skills are refined, children apply them in
purposeful work, such as serving juice or polishing.
Specifically, these activities contribute to the
control and coordination of movement, development
of concentration, and the self-esteem that comes
with making a real contribution to the group."*
At St. Matthew's Preschool, we strive to provide a nurturing, creative,
stimulating and safe environment where our children can grow physically,
emotionally, socially and intellectually every day. We prepare our
children to face the challenges they may encounter through various
stages of their learning life.
We present the children with lessons that are age appropriate and focus
on the learning needs of each individual student.
Our curriculum is designed by our director and is Montessori inspired
with a seasonal/thematic focus. New activities and learning opportunities
are presented daily to the children, along with a teacher directed lesson
demonstrating how to complete the work. After the lesson, the activity
is placed on the shelf as a child choice job to complete.
We formally assess the children's skills three times a year and work
toward the goal of a comfortable transition into kindergarten.
important to us that each child leave St. Matthew's with a good first
school experience and look forward to beginning new challenges at
their elementary school.
period” for exploring the world through their senses.
Maria Montessori encouraged us to provide children
with many opportunities to organize the sensory
impressions they’ve been receiving since birth. By
your careful selection of items of different textures,
colors, sizes, and geometric shapes, children will
discover relationships and exclaim, “This bolt is a
hexagon,” or “This cloth is rough.” Sensorial
experiences also indirectly prepare children for
future exploration of language, mathematics,
geometry, art, and music."*
"All of their work with the Practical Life and
Sensorial materials brings order to children’s
experiences, important indirect preparation for the
mathematical mind. The developing child yearns to
organize, classify, and abstract. Fortunately the
whole world obliges with toes to count, temperatures
to read, rain to gauge, and clocks to check. The
Montessori math lessons lead the child through
progressive hands-on activities, emphasizing
concepts while preparing the child for abstractions.
The extensions and variations we offer complement
and support work with Montessori’s legendary math
"Montessori perceived the miracle of language
development as 'a treasure prepared in the
unconscious, which is then handed over to
consciousness, and the child, in full possession of his
new power, talks and talks without cessation.'
Absorbing and perfecting language depends on human
contact, but language is not taught. Words are the
labels for our experiences. A child who has varied
experiences and is given the words for those
experiences will develop a well-rounded means of
expression. Just as a rich vocabulary is dependent on
the child’s experience, the transition to reading and
writing is dependent on a strong vocabulary. Soon,
the child, explorer of the world, will be able to
express thoughts and understand and interpret the
thoughts of others."*
"Geography is the study of place and how humans
have adapted to all of Earth’s environments. Physical
geography looks at the outward appearance of the
environment. Cultural geography looks at what Maria
Montessori called humankind’s ability to 'continue the
work of creation.' Through meeting the basic human
needs for food, shelter; and clothing, groups of
people developed language, tools, transportation,
rituals and celebrations, religion, music, art, and
crafts. By celebrating other traditions with food,
music, and stories, children can begin to see the
uniqueness of other cultures, yet come to understand
how much we all have in common."*
There are just as many things to explore and learn
about outdoors as there are indoors! Our playground
has been designed to promote positive physical
health as well as exploration of nature.
We believe that young children belong outside
running, jumping and playing in the fresh air! Outdoor
time is planned into our curriculum and our playground
was designed with the concept of having the children
outdoors daily when weather permitting.
Our Outdoor Learning Environment consists of
equipment and activities to build and strengthen all
areas of development and promote self confidence.
"Art, like language or music, is a means of expression.
Opportunities for art should always be a part of the
classroom environment and not a special event. When
children are able to choose art materials freely, they
feel respected and satisfied with their abilities.
The adult can help children prepare for art indirectly—
through the varied activities of Practical Life and
the exploration of the senses—and directly—by
presenting materials and techniques carefully, and by
encouraging without judgment."*
"Sometimes called “the universal language”, music
adds a sensory dimension to life like nothing else.
Children have an innate capacity to appreciate music
of all types, and an uninhibited inclination to move,
dance, and make music. Music is present in all
cultures, often reflecting the character of a people
by the style, melodies, tones, and instruments used.
With music or without, provide children with plenty
of opportunities to perfect their movements and
refine coordination. Both music and movement can
provide children with a way to express their own
The study of Astronomy exposes children to the idea
of Earth's place in space. We introduce the universe
and the solar system. Our lessons also touch on
astronauts and their transportation into space. The
children always enjoy
our Astronomy lessons. We love observing how these
lessons seem to stir up their amazing sense of
Through the study of Botany children can learn that
without plants we could not breathe the air that we
need to sustain life. An early appreciation of plant
life will develop a sense of wonder and love for all
This love will empower our children so that they will
strive to be responsible caretakers of the Earth.
History is the study of how people, places and things
have impacted the Earth. We begin our HIstory
lessons with introducing to the children the concept
of time and how it is documented. We love seeing
their excitement when the grasp the understanding
of past, present and future.
Through the study of Geology, the children can
explore what the Earth is made of and it is
constantly changing. The exploration of rocks, gems
and fossils will all be explored throughout our Geology
One of our most important responsibilities to our
children is to teach them good stewardship skills.
Through our ecology lessons, we will introduce what
the Earth needs to keep the balance of nature safe
and how we can help. It is our goal to give the children
an early start in understanding the job of caring for
God's wonderful creation.
This has to be one the children's absolute favorite
subject of study. They love doing science
experiments even at this early age.
Through our lessons, the children can learn about
physical changes, concrete and beginning abstract
concepts and beginning science skills.
Zoology is the study of animals. Our zoology lessons
will introduce the idea that there are other living
things on our planet The children will have the
opportunity to learn about and explore animal needs
and characteristics. We also explore the importance
of caring for animals and our responsibility of
respecting all creatures.
We are a faith-based Christian school. The children
will have a daily short and simple devotion time. We
introduce Bible stories and lessons to the children
that are age appropriate and meaningful to our young
learners. We pray before snack time and model strong
Christian character. We stress kindness always to
everyone as a way to serve God.