Montessori: Ages 3-5


In 2014-15, Grace Academy expanded and started a Montessori classroom serving ages 3 through 5. The class will function as a pure Montessori classroom in the morning with a 3-hour work period. The afternoon, “Montessori & More,” will give students the opportunity to experience the use of technology as a tool, foreign language, Physical Education, Art, and Bible. Parents will also have the option to bring their child for the morning work period and pick-up after lunch. Our Montessori & More teacher, Bonnie Hamilton, holds her 3 to 6 Montessori certification and has over 20 years experience in the Montessori classroom setting.

Montessori education offers our children opportunities to develop their potential as they step out into the world as engaged, competent, responsible, and respectful citizens with an understanding and appreciation that learning is for life.



      Each child is valued as a unique individual. Montessori education recognizes that children learn in different ways, and accommodates multiple learning styles. Students are also free to learn at their own pace, each advancing through the curriculum as he is ready, guided by the teacher and an individualized learning plan.
      Early on in the Montessori classroom, students develop order, coordination, concentration, and independence. The purposeful planning of the classroom design, interactive materials, and daily routines support each student’s emerging “self-regulation.”
      Students are part of a cooperative, nurturing community. The multi-age classroom—typically spanning 3 years—models a traditional family structure. Older students enjoy stature as mentors and role models; younger children feel supported and gain confidence about the challenges ahead. Teachers model respect, loving kindness, and a belief in peaceful conflict resolution.
      Montessori students enjoy freedom within limits. Working within parameters set by their teachers, students are active participants in deciding what their focus of learning will be. Montessorians understand that internal satisfaction drives the child’s curiosity and interest and results in joyous learning that is sustainable over a lifetime.
      Students are supported in becoming active seekers of knowledge. Teachers provide environments where students have the freedom and the tools to pursue answers to their own questions.
      Self-correction and self-assessment are an integral part of the Montessori classroom approach. As they mature, students learn to look critically at their work, and become adept at recognizing, correcting, and learning from their errors.

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    Given the freedom and support to question, to probe deeply, and to make connections, Montessori students become confident, enthusiastic, self-directed learners. They are able to think critically, work collaboratively, and act boldly—a skill set for the 21st century.

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