All classrooms are fully equipped with Montessori equipment and learning materials. Children learn in a beautiful environment where teachers facilitate their learning, record what equipment and lessons the child has been exposed to and document what areas the child has “mastered.” Documentation of each child’s growth is recorded in his or her own individual portfolio. The portfolio includes samples of the child’s work, photos of the child, and a developmental assessment. The portfolio is available for the parent to review at conference time and will be given to the parent to keep at the end of the year. The program is quality-rated as an Early Achievers site.
Multi-age learning over three years provides a rich resource of knowledge and experience as older children teach younger ones, and expectations for learning and behavior are modeled and reinforced. In addition, each classroom typically has two teachers who work together as partners to prepare and manage the classroom, and to teach to the individual needs of the child in small groups or one-on-one. Montessori teachers are certified through accredited Montessori teacher education programs.Central to the philosophy of Montessori education is the belief that every child is driven by his or her own desires to learn, and that within a carefully structured and prepared environment, the child will fulfill his or her needs in their entirety. “Follow the child” and “freedom with responsibilities” are two Montessori principles that Green River Montessori School deeply honors and respects.
GRMS Birth to 6 Years
We Rethought Everything
The Nido (Italian for “nest”) accommodates no more than six infants from three months to 12-13 months of age with an adult-to-child ratio of one to three. It is equipped with customized equipment and a variety of carefully chosen, high-quality natural toys. The babies are cared for in a safe, loving environment with daily experiences in language development, music, movement, and creative expression.
The Young Toddler Community
The Young Toddler Community serves children who are comfortably walking (approximately age 13 months) to 18 months, in a group of 5-10 children with an adult-to-child ratio of one to five. The environment conforms to the physical needs of the children, both in the size of the furnishings and in the opportunities for motor development. The classroom is well-equipped with a variety of puzzles, books, and small motor materials. Montessori learning areas include activities for practical life, sensorial, beginning mathematics, language, art, and music. An outdoor area is adjacent to the classroom for daily opportunities for fresh air and large muscle activities.
Older Toddler Community
The Older Toddler Community serves children who are approximately 18-36 months, in a group of 12-14 children with an adult-to-child ratio of one to six or seven. The Montessori environment conforms to the physical needs of the children, with assessable sinks and a child-size toilet for ease in potty-training. The classroom is well-equipped with a variety of materials. Montessori learning areas include activities for practical life, sensorial, beginning mathematics, language, art, and music. An outdoor area is adjacent to the classroom for daily opportunities for fresh air and large muscle activities.
Full-Day Program – 3-6 Year Olds
Class Size: 20 students, 2 certificated Montessori teachers in each classroom Time: Classroom is open 6:30 am-5:00 pm. Children may attend up to 9.5 hours, 2-5 days a week. The school has two classrooms for its full-day preschool. Both classrooms are located on the upper level of the main building. Children who arrive prior 7:45 am are given breakfast. All children need to arrive to class no later than 9:00am in order to take full advantage of the Montessori program. A morning preschool session is held daily with an option for a nap in the afternoon or an extended session of preschool.
The Art Studio
The art studio is inspired by the teachings of the Reggio Emilia schools in Italy. Art activities are not the typical preschool projects, but rather feature a variety of materials and techniques that promotes the process of “thinking” with one’s eyes, hands and senses.