Our youngest students, ages 2-3 1/2, participate in the STARS Group. This classroom has a quiet, home-like feel, which can make the transition to a child’s first school experience, an easier one. Activities are specifically designed to spark your children’s interest and intellect at this stage, and encourage curiosity and social growth.
The Stars teachers focus on creating an optimal, loving, and encouraging place for your young child to gain many physical, intellectual and social skills. The teachers convene weekly to prepare the environment to meet the needs of the students, enriching their school experiences as they grow and develop under the careful care of their first teachers.
Sunrise Montessori keeps the teacher to student ratio below the California state maximum of 1 teacher to 6 students.
This first classroom is where your child will learn about:
· Being in a group of young children and contributing to a community.
· Taking out, enjoying and putting away their activities.
· Following directions from a teacher.
· Assisting the group in clean up and care of the classroom.
· Learning how to eat as a community, waiting until the group is served.
· Learning about various topics, including: colors, shapes and phonetic sound introduction.
Students join the SUNS Group at age 3 and continue until they graduate Sunrise Montessori to attend kindergarten.
Sunrise Montessori students accomplish a great deal during their two years with the SUNS Group. Our curriculum is student driven, which means that the teachers design the classroom and the lessons around the passions and abilities of the students. As the student’s abilities increase and their interests sharpen, we provide a progressively more sophisticated series of lessons.The general lesson framework encompasses the Montessori curriculum, which includes: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, Geography, Science, Art & Music.
In addition to the standard curriculum, the teachers develop units of study that support and enlarge the curriculum. This might include units of study about the life cycle of plants, an in-depth study of the science of change through heat application via a lesson in baking, or even a study of the solar system through creative modeling. Units of study will be published in the bi-monthly newsletter.The SUNS Group enjoys a daily Group Time after the morning lessons and before outdoor playtime. During this time we have specific lessons on dates and days of the week, weather and seasons. In addition to stories, songs and creative movement, we also use this time to have group discussions and to celebrate birthdays.
The success of the SUNS Group lies in the more experienced students interacting and assisting students who are less experienced. Students love to learn, and they love to share their experiences with their friends. All of this occurs with the careful and thoughtful direction of the teachers.
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