The Montessori School of Holmes Run offers four programs:
|Early Childhood||2 1/2 – 6 year olds||(pre-K and Kindergarten)|
|Lower Elementary||6 – 9 year olds||(Grades 1-3)|
|Upper Elementary||9 – 12 year olds||(Grades 4-6)|
|Middle School||12 – 14 year olds||(Grades 7-8)|
Children’s House Campus
Early Childhood (Preschool & Kindergarten)
(2 ½ – 6 year olds)
At the early childhood level, our program is designed to help young children understand concepts through the use of concrete materials. Children “work” at practical life experiences such as polishing, pouring, sorting, and washing in order to perfect motor skills. They compare shapes and sizes and identify colors and sounds to heighten their sensorial perceptions.
As each child’s interest grows, she or he is introduced to materials that are slightly more complex: sandpaper alphabet letters to introduce phonetic sounds, colorful puzzle maps to introduce geography, and beads and rods to illustrate mathematical concepts. Children progress through the materials at their own pace, and may advance as far as their interest takes them.
View the video “Montessori Education for Early Childhood” (co-produced by Educational Video Publishing and the American Montessori Society).
Upper School Campus
Elementary and Middle School
(6 – 14 year olds)
At the elementary and middle school levels, our Montessori programs continue to provide lessons that begin at a sensorial level and move sequentially to the abstract. The students explore concepts and discover for themselves the underlying rules that govern our world. This exploration leads students further into subjects, and gives them a strong foundation for later lessons.
Often, students graduating from a Montessori program are advanced in a number of subjects, when compared to their peers. Montessori students are curious and intelligent learners, who seek to understand their world on multiple levels. This drive to learn encourages the independent natures of the students, helping them to learn the importance of their own efforts in mastering subjects. The students also develop a strong sense of responsibility for themselves, learning to manage their time well, and building study skills that can be used throughout their learning career.
View the videos “Imagine a School: Montessori for Elementary Age Children” and “Montessori Middle School for the 21st Century” (co-produced by Educational Video Publishing and the American Montessori Society).