At Countryside, an emphasis is placed on quality education for young children. Due to this emphasis we feel our summer program would not be complete without the addition of Montessori class time. Part of the child’s time in the summer program is spent in the Montessori classroom. We believe both new and returning children benefit greatly from the experience. We do expect the children to pick up a book and read or look at the words and pictures for at least 10 minutes during the end of class time. Older children are also expected to work on journal pages.
In the Montessori approach, there is a carefully prepared environment containing a wide variety of learning materials, including language, mathematics, geography and science. Under the direction of the teacher, these learning materials are used to individualize learning and to enable children to proceed at their own pace. This approach promotes independence, self-confidence, self-discipline, and a joy of learning in the child.