3 - 6 years
Preschool - Kindergarten
The Children's House is a specially prepared environment for children from the ages of three to six years. Creo's Children's House environments will have up to 26 children when at full capacity. Each environment has an AMI trained guide along with an AMI trained assistant, with at least one Spanish fluent speaker.
This program is an all day program with the option of children staying for half day. Snack is available daily in the morning and afternoon. Children staying for the School Day Program bring a lunch from home. For much of the children's day they may choose work within the environment. There is also group time for music, stories, movement, and games. Children enrolled in the School Day Program have time to play outside at least once a day prior to lunch.
"The first essential for the child's development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy."
- Maria Montessori
Children are free to choose work from the beautiful and well-defined areas of the environment. The adults in the environment serve as guides who show the children how to use the concrete materials. Working with the materials not only helps develop coordination, concentration, independence, and a sense of order; it also helps the child become more disciplined and accomplished. Children in a Montessori environment usually have healthy self-esteems because they are helped to do things themselves. The children have ownership of the environment and take good care of it, returning materials with care. The Children's House environment unifies the social, physical, and intellectual functioning of the child. We provide children with an early and general foundation that includes a positive attitude toward school, inner security, a sense of order, pride in the environment, curiosity, concentration, self-discipline, and a sense of responsibility for the self and for the group. Thus, through interacting with the Montessori environment, the child constructs him or herself in a positive manner. This benefits the child in school and in life.
"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all"
Instruction occurs one-on-one and in small groups conducted at the child's pace. Montessori materials are organized in a logical, sequential nature, providing a structure that guides a child's discovery. A series of presentations, activities, and developmentally appropriate materials are designed to enable the child to master specific skills. Each series of presentations and material is grouped by broader content areas that complement and interrelate with one another.