UNINTERRUPTED WORK TIME SUPPORTS THE YOUNG CHILD'S DEVELOPMENT OF CONCENTRATION AND ATTENTION SPAN
(18 month - 3 years)
A Montessori classroom for toddlers safely supports your child’s drive to do things alone, developing confidence and a sense of competence. The environment is language-rich, with adults using proper nomenclature rather than baby talk so that the children are exposed to and develop a broad vocabulary. Adults also support toddlers in communicating with each other. A range of books allows children to explore on their own or read aloud with an adult.
In this learning environment, children work independently, observe others, explore freely, and express their curiosity and creativity. A self-care area fosters toilet awareness and independence in maintaining personal hygiene (such as learning how to wipe one’s nose and wash hands independently). A sleeping area with individual floor beds/mats that allows toddlers to exercise autonomy in preparing for rest and allows them to get up independently once rested. There is also an area for gross motor activities to help children coordinate their movements, and low tables that enable them to help prepare, serve, eat, and clean up their snacks and meals.
(3 - 6 years)
The Montessori Primary environment includes children ages 3 through 6 years (preschool and kindergarten). GBM offers a state of the art classrooms with two certified Montessori teachers allowing the opportunity for individualized attention and self-paced learning.
The three-year cycle is an essential part of Montessori education. Children stay in the same room with the same teacher and group of children for 3 years. During the Montessori three-year cycle, children experience different roles, responsibilities, and perspectives.
Young children learn by observing and interacting with the older children. Older children gain a true understanding of concepts by teaching them to their younger peers. Each year, children become more independent, leading up to their 3rd year (Kindergarten) where they have the unique opportunity to be community leaders and role models.
(6 - 12 years)
The Montessori Elementary environment includes children in the 6-12 age group who are starting to realize that the world is an enormous, interesting place. They are primed to study continents, cultures, scientific concepts, and great literature. The world becomes their classroom.
Within the carefully developed elementary curriculum, the Montessori certified teacher guides the child through identifying, classifying, and researching all of the fascinating concepts in each chosen field of study. The areas of practical life, language, math, geometry, botany, zoology, geography, and history are all represented in the classroom, with materials that lead the child to abstraction of the fundamental concepts in each area.
VISIT OUR CLASSROOMS
The best way to learn about Montessori and Grand Blanc Montessori is to come spend some time at the school.
We offer a flexible tour schedule where you will get a chance to visit the classroom.
Seeing the children work in their environments is priceless! The Montessori environment is alive with movement and filled with materials that are appealing and designed to meet the developmental needs of each child.
The enrollment process consists of a tour, submission of an application, and then a final enrollment meeting.
Our Classrooms have:
A variety of motivating and educational material
Multi-hour, uninterrupted work time, which supports the young child’s development of concentration and attention span.
Individualized and small group lessons
Lessons in cooperation and working together
Multicultural and food preperation experiences
Field trips “in school” where community programs, such as Cranbrook Institute of Science, Detroit Science Center and Science Alive, are invited into the classroom