HomeOur SchoolProgramThe Montessori ExperienceAlumniAdvancementAdmission
Toddler House

Children's House, Kindergarten and Extended Day


Middle School

Summer Programs

Earth Education: Our Sustainable Curriculum

Before and After School Programs

Summer Programs

Small children at school
Children's House

(3 - 6 years)
The Children’s House Program engages the absorbent mind of the 3- to 6-year-old child through self-selected work and constructive activity. Indoors, low shelves contain openly displayed manipulatives and make materials readily accessible. Small tables and chairs or floor mats define workspace, provide order, and offer the child the choice of working independently or in a small group. Outdoors, opportunities for exploration of the natural world abound as each classroom opens onto ground level, and children are encouraged to move freely from one space to another. Whether indoors or out, the classroom is a joyful place that supports the child in the task of self-construction and nurtures the child's sense of wonder.

The materials in the classroom are divided into curricular areas that provide a depth and breadth of experiences. Each area is designed to assist the child in the development of concentration, coordination of mind and body, independence, order, and self-discipline. The practical life exercises involve care of self, care of environment, food preparation, and grace and courtesy. As the child works with practical life materials, small- and large-muscle skills improve, while the work reinforces the concepts of order and sequence. Further, the child prepares for reading and writing and develops a more positive self-image as he or she masters the simple tasks associated with everyday living. The sensorial materials develop the child’s ability to make finite discriminations through the use of the five senses. The child learns to identify, compare, contrast, categorize, and sort through observation and analysis of the physical characteristics of an object or an experience.

The language curriculum in a Montessori classroom includes nomenclature work, poems, stories, songs, finger-plays, word games, and the manipulation of materials that balance a strong phonics approach with a method that allows creative writing through dictation, invented spelling, and literary appreciation. The mathematics curriculum includes the manipulation of materials that are sequenced with concrete experiences leading to more abstract discoveries. The materials demonstrate the unity of quantity and symbol, the decimal system, place value, and the four mathematical operations. They are designed not only to teach mathematics facts, but as an aid to the development of the mathematical mind. As the child works with the materials, mathematical concepts and interesting patterns begin to emerge. The child therefore gains a deeper understanding and a satisfaction of learning by discovery, rather than by rote.

Maria Montessori recognized "that all children are endowed with the capacity to 'absorb' culture" and defended their right to intellectual pursuits. Stoneridge Children's Montessori School works to provide such opportunities in Children's House and throughout the preschool curriculum.

Kindergarten Afternoon for 5 and 6-year olds
The Extended Day Kindergarten Program is the culmination of the child’s two previous years of work in Children’s House and designed to support the developmental needs of the 5 to 6 year-old child. Maria Montessori recognized two tendencies in the kindergartener: one is the extension of consciousness through activities performed on the environment and the other is the perfection of those abilities that already exist. The Extended Day Kindergarten Program provides a longer work cycle that allows the kindergartener to consolidate and internalize skills by teaching them to younger students in the morning, to challenge himself or herself with more difficult work throughout the day, and to enjoy enhanced opportunities for Spanish, art, music, Earth education and physical education in the afternoon. In this manner, the kindergartener takes full advantage of the benefits of multi-age grouping, develops strong friendships with peers, and plays a leadership role in the classroom, developing not only the academic skills, but the social skills and self-confidence that are necessary for successful transition to elementary levels.

Extended Day for 3 and 4-year olds
Extended Day provides care for 3- and 4-year-olds until 3:00 pm. This program offers the preschool children the opportunity to have lunch at school, relax during a quiet time, and end their day with play time. The relaxed schedule allows the children to practice independence and have further time to improve their social skills.

 ©2010 Stoneridge Children's Montessori School | 290 Hale St. Beverly Ma 01915 | Serving the North Shore MA Greater Area