The school’s teaching philosophy is based on the Montessori method
providing information in a concrete step-by-step process
through designed Montessori learning tools.
The toddler program is a new and exciting addition to St. Christopher’s By the Sea. We are expanding the Montessori methodology to some of our younger citizens, aged 18 months to 3 years for 2015-2016. We will provide a safe, intimate, nurturing class where toddlers can thrive.
The toddler classroom is carefully prepared with Montessori lessons and materials designed specifically for the toddlers’ early exploration of the world. The classroom environment stimulates students’ intellectual curiosities while encouraging their autonomy and independence.
Pre Kindergarten through Kindergarten (ages 3 through 5)
The goals of the Preschool Level are to foster independence and to support the child in moving toward self-control and mastery of the surrounding environment. The Preschool classrooms are prepared Montessori environments designed to encourage the child in a self-directed discovery of the world. The curriculum, environment and schedule intertwine to allow the child to develop a deep love for learning and to attain trust in her/his own ability to learn.
The Elementary program offers a continuum built on the Primary experience. In the Montessori elementary, the child’s own questions provide the basis for exploration of the world. Those questions are heeded and nurtured. Thus, the child authentically connects with knowledge. Subject matter is made relevant to the child’s personal learning journey, providing an inner motivation. A Montessori education does not give a child a collection of isolated facts, but rather shares a vision of interrelated knowledge and a love of learning. Core curriculum includes: Practical Life, Sensorial (use of senses in the learning process), Language, Mathematics, Geography and Science.
St. Christopher’s Montessori School helps our students:
- To become a self-confident, independent learner
- To form habits of concentration in her/his work
- To develop initiative and persistence
- To achieve inner security and a sense of order
- To develop her/his sensory motor skills
- To learn and apply social skills
- To achieve a higher level of intelligence and imagination
- To develop a positive attitude toward herself/himself, school and life
- To engage in reading and computation in innovative ways