Language: Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening
At Shining Stars Montessori Academy, we are committed to fostering exceptional communication skills. Language rich Montessori classrooms incorporate study in all four areas of communication: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Pre-reading and pre-writing preparation in work of practical life and sensorial areas refine auditory, oral, visual, and sensory/motor skills. Language study spans every classroom areas as an integrated source of preparation for a well-planned approach to future learning.
Reading: Sound, Word, & Sentence Analysis
Following a child's natural interest in all aspects of math, including geometry, weight, order, counting, and time, the aim of the math curriculum at the Primary level is to help students organize and categorize thought processes. Concrete learning is hands-on and promotes experimentation and invention. Studies of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with the decimal system (the Golden Bead material) prepares students for abstract study at the Lower Elementary level.
Numbers 0-10 - Goals: establish numbers one to ten; understand quantity and sequence of numbers using manipulatives; establish recognition of numerical symbols; learn relationships of quantity to symbol.
- Number Rods & Cards
- Set Baskets
- Spindle Boxes
- Sandpaper Numbers
- Cards & Counters
Decimal System - Goals: understand the concept of base ten; learn composition of numbers, including place value and equivalencies.
- Introduction tray
- Tray of Nine
- Golden Bead Layout
- Bead and Numeral Layout
- Composition of Numbers
- Place Value
Numbers 11-99 - Goals: ability to recognize tens and teens.
- Bead Stair
- Teens Board
- Tens Board
Linear Counting - Goals: develop ability to recognize and count to any number; learn skip counting.
- Hundred Board
- 100 Square Chain
- 1000 Cube Chain
Operations - Goals: provide a concrete introduction to the four basic arithmetic operations; moves into abstract work with operations.
- Golden Beads (Addition, Multiplication, Subtraction, Division)
- Stamp Game (Addition, Multiplication, Subtraction, Division)
- Bead Board (Multiplication, Division)
Continued Operations/ Passage to Abstraction
- Addition (Snake Game, Addition Strip board, Addition Charts)
- Multiplication (Bead Bars, Multiplication Board, Multiplication Charts)
- Subtraction (Negative Snake Game, Subtraction Strip Board, Subtraction Charts)
- Geometric Solids
- Geometry Cabinet (Regular Polygons, Quadrilaterals, Triangles, Circles, Curved Figures
Between the ages of three to six, children learn through inquiry and curiosity. Experimentation and discovery are encouraged through studies of earth, astronomy, ecology, botany, physics, and chemistry. Scientific study is offered through observation of nature, and experiments. Some early science lessons include animal sorting and matching, identification of animal body parts, plants, and trees, and investigation of plants and animals. More advanced lessons include shell identification, animal classification, rock and mineral identification, and study of prehistoric animals and fossils. Come see our Slick Fish marine project, Muddy the school hamster and the array of live creatures available for children to care for and learn about and from!
The Shining Stars Montessori Academy classroom offers a rich cultural curriculum. By exploring cultural activities including maps, music, food, and artifacts, with a focus on the similarities of people throughout the world,. In this manner, our students build awareness of the world around them. The diversity of our families and faculty, in conjunction with the cultural materials to study geography, social studies, and history, music and art helps our students develop a respect for all people and cultures.
Each month the curriculum integrates via the humanities (reading, writing, and the arts) studies of the continents of the world and areas of global/international cultural exploration. See below for the 14-15 monthly schedule:
- September: South America (includes the celebration and recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month)
- October: South America ( continues until mid-October and also Bullying Prevention Month)
- November: North America with a focus on the study of First Nation peoples and First Nation Heritage Month)
- December: Europe (includes Human Rights Month observance and Festival of Life celebration)
- January: Africa (West and Northern and Great People Studies in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King)
- February: Africa (East and South to include Black History Month activities and study)
- March: Australia (studies of indigenous cultures of the continent)
- April: Asia (to include Earth Awareness, Arab-American Heritage
- May: Asia (includes Asian-Pacific Islander and South Asian Heritage Month and Haitian Heritage Month Celebrations)
Primary World Language Exploration at Shining Stars
In the Shining Stars the Primary classrooms, World Language exploration is integrated three days per week into the Montessori environment. Students learn Spanish in group and individualized instruction and activities. Age-appropriate learning materials help build a solid foundation in vocabulary for the years to come.
The Shining Stars Montessori Academy World Language curriculum exposes the children to monthly themes in Spanish in a range of concepts such as greetings, numbers, colors, and farm animals to reinforce and build new vocabulary. The Spanish Language Stars instructors introduce basic vocabulary through circle-time songs and activities three times per week for 30 minutes. Following the introduction of small-group Montessori lessons, students have the opportunity to connect new knowledge with Montessori World Language manipulatives. We are proud of our students who are exploring a new language or familiarizing themselves with a language spoken at home or by family members, and from oral to the written languages. Through presentations of art, music, geography, and ethnic festivals from around the world, our children are exposed to cultural experiences that enhance their understanding of others in our global community.
Arts Integration – The ‘Absorbent’ Mind Initiative and the Visual Arts at Shining Stars Montessori
The Shining Stars Montessoi Primary program visual arts program seeks to foster creativity, problem solving, and self-expression as it relates to each child’s level of development from toddler to middle school. Students use a wide variety of materials and methods to truly absorb and understand the objectives of lessons. Lessons include drawing, painting, collage making, and printmaking. Objectives include recognition and understanding of line/shape/form, concepts of color, concepts of texture, basic patterns of organization, whole-to-part relationships, and change processes. The program emphasizes the planning, preparation and process needed for the completion of artwork. Through study of famous artist and their works, students are able to be inspired by pieces by artists, including Vega, Romare Bearden, Alice Lee , Picasso,Paul Goodnight, Monet, Van Gogh, O’Keefe, Kandinsky, and Matisse. Each child gains self-esteem and is able to grow in his or her imagination in a relaxed atmosphere.