Infant | Toddler | Primary Programs | Lower Elementary
West Plano Montessori School offers programs for children 12 months to 12 years of age. Montessori, educational programs prepare students with a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning and personal growth.
- Allow students to work at their own pace, with the teacher introducing new materials only as current materials are mastered, to ensure success rather than frustration.
- Put emphasis on the process rather than the product of learning.
- Promote mastery of self and environment, self-discipline, and social competence.
- Explore math, language, geography, botany & science, social studies, art and music, involving children in a series of sequential, manipulative, and sensorial activities that lead them from concrete to abstract learning.
The Infant Program is for children 12 months who are walking-20 months of age. The Toddler Program is for children 18 months-3 years of age. The Primary classrooms are designed for children 3-6 year of age. Our lower elementary program encompasses 1st - 3rd grade or ages 6-9.
Our programs include 2, 3, or 5 day choices with the following options:
| Half Day Program
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Extended Day Program
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Full Day Program
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Our dedicated teaching staff directs learning through exploration believing that in order to develop their intellectual, social and physical skills to the fullest, children must have freedom achieved through order and self discipline. Classroom environments and teaching materials are designed to make the most of the child's natural intellect, curiosity, and love for learning.
Our “Casa de Bambini” program, designed for children 12 months through 20 months of age, is premised on the observation that though children are small in stature, they are immense in mental ability and eager to use it.
The Montessori Infant environment stresses the importance of freedom of movement. The infants are free to move and stretch without restriction. Through movement the infants become more aware of their bodies and are able to develop coordination and dexterity without inhibition. You will notice that there are no "play pens" in our Infant classroom. We take great care in setting up a "whole room play area" which enables the infant to explore a wide range of materials, textures and objects for tactile and visual stimulation.
Language development is also an integral part of the Casa de Bambini program. A teacher's role is to consciously introduce language through the use of words, inflection, tone and body language. Infants gather their first understanding of the world, and thrive, through this interaction.
We understand that many of the strongest, deepest and longest lasting impressions are formed early on, and we are committed to making this first experience one that is filled with warmth, love and care.
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Our Toddler programs, designed for children ages 18 months through 3 year of age, focus on a period of tremendous development and growth. During this stage, children develop 80% of their personality, enhance their mobility, improve their gross and fine motor skills, as well as learn they are separate individuals yet a vital part of a community. It is a critical time of development for a child. Working with the children's natural tendencies shows them a respect for their childhood, and encourages them to enjoy learning.
Our teachers take great care in providing a nurturing, safe and comfortable atmosphere, while at the same time igniting the child's natural curiosity in the many materials and activities offered in the classroom.
Children are not required to be potty-trained to enter this program. back to top
At the Early Childhood level our educational program is based on the premise that young children flourish with gentle guidance and the freedom to work at their own pace. The carefully prepared environment of the 3-6 year old is designed to take advantage of the child’s sensitive years— those times when there is a readiness to learn specific skills.
Our rich classroom environments, full of hundreds of learning materials, facilitate the independent learning of skills moving from the concrete to abstract learning process. They are designed to put children at ease by giving them freedom within limits -- a safe place to grow and learn.
The Primary Curriculum consists of many learning areas including
- Language Arts
- Cultural Awareness including Foreign Language
- Music and Creative Movement
- Nature Studies including Botany & Zoology
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The primary goal of the Elementary Program is to empower children to become confident, competent students. The Elementary classroom, designed for children ages 6-9, is a unique work environment in which instruction begins with concrete realities, adding one difficulty at a time, moving sequentially into abstract theory. The development of critical thinking skills occurs naturally in this type of environment. Active learning with hands-on tasks supports the growth of social skills, reflection and the ability to "figure things out" -- qualities needed throughout life.
This is also the age when the child develops a moral sense, learning what is right and wrong. He sorts out what is "good" and "bad" and what is "fair" and "not fair." He strives to find how he can play an important and meaningful role in life.
The Elementary Curriculum consists of many learning areas including
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Foreign Language
- Science/Nature Studies including Botany & Zoology
- Music Arts
The elementary children are given opportunities to work together or alone to pursue individual or group interests. Their teacher facilitates creativity, independent thinking, and personal responsibility
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