Why we chose Excellent Montessori
Every parent wants their child to receive the best education possible. For us, that
meant sending our son to a Montessori school. While we did look into sending him
to a traditional preschool, we immediately fell in love with Excellent Montessori
School and knew right away that it would be the best fit for our family for a few
While most preschools teach language arts and mathematics, the Montessori curriculum also adds lessons in practical life skills, sensory awareness and cultural education. Children learn how to be independent and do tasks such as pouring their own drinks and tying their own shoes. They learn using all five senses, instead of just sitting doing worksheets. They also learn about different cultures through lessons in geography, zoology and the arts. In fact, I was surprised that my son pointed out all the provincial flags in Canada a few days ago when I was browsing a kids guide to province web page.
Unlike traditional preschools, where kids are put on structured schedules and pressured into meeting arbitrary standards from the first day, Montessori preschools let children learn through play and discovery. The teacher's job is not to give knowledge; it is to guide children into discovering that knowledge themselves through play. Toys and instructional materials are placed around the room and the children have the freedom to play and learn as they please. Children work at their own pace as they decide what they will learn each day based on their unique interests and skills.
3. Mixed-age Classrooms
One feature of the Montessori program I especially love is their use of the multi-age classroom. My son's class is made of children between age two and half to age six. Last year, when he was the youngest, he had several older children who were able to show him the ropes of preschool. Because he learned from his peers, I believe he caught onto various skills, especially social skills, faster. In two years, he will be the oldest in his CASA class and it will be his turn to impart his knowledge to the younger boys and girls in his class. As he teaches the younger kids, he will reinforce his own knowledge of the skills.
4. Non-competitive Environment
Another great feature of a Montessori education is the non-competitive environment. In traditional schools, students are expected and pressured to be at a certain point in their development by a certain time. If a child is behind in one area, he knows he is behind and this can lead to him feeling stupid or incapable. With a Montessori education, children are measured only against themselves. They are not made to feel inferior for what they have not yet learned, but are praised for what they have.
Unfortunately, the Montessori schools here only go through grade seven at our place. I would love for my son to be able to attend a Montessori school for his whole education, but he will eventually attend a traditional school. I am confident, however, that his time in the Montessori program will leave him well-prepared for the future.
The small size of our elementary campus allows teachers to develop a special rapport with each child. Students receive individual lessons, allowing teachers to challenge specific academic abilities and interests.
Our program is an exceptional Montessori elementary program specializing in the education of the children 6 - 12 year old. A student in the Excellent Montessori elementary program advances through the curriculum at her own pace. Our teachers know each student in a special way that allows them to support their students socially, emotionally and academically through these exciting elementary years.
A community of children learning together over a six-year period presents many opportunities for children to develop social skills and long-term friendships; for self-esteem to blossom; and for children to experience the dynamics of teamwork and leadership.
Each day, children have opportunities to exercise self-discipline, decision-making,
judgment, analytical skills, time management and social expression. Working together,
parents and teachers provide the best possible education to allow students to develop
Parent involvement is not required, but parents are encouraged to share their special interests and abilities in the arts, sciences, and cultural traditions.
Our academically rich curriculum includes integrated studies of math, geometry and algebra; speaking and writing skills; reading and grammar; the biological, zoological and physical sciences; geography and geology. Computers are used as a learning tool. Lessons in word processing are given and research using software and the Internet. Foreign Language, Physical Education, Art and Drama lessons enhance student learning.
The elementary environment supports the unique learning abilities of the elementary student. While the 3 - 6 year old child learns through his absorbent mind, the secret to success with the 6 - 9 year old is the use of the imagination to stimulate interest. Already grounded by an early reality-based Montessori program, the student can now use his imagination to ponder secrets he cannot readily see - from the atom to the solar system. As the student develops powers of imagination and abstraction, he still benefits from concrete, didactic Montessori materials.
Our teachers sow many seeds of interest through daily lessons. The child continues to learn by her own activity guided by a daily work plan. She also receives small group as well as individual lessons because she enjoys autonomy as well as group association. Specialists in science, foreign language, and performing arts provide additional depth to the curriculum.
Reading:Students increase decoding and comprehension skills through various reading
activities: silent and aloud to peers and teachers; cards, booklets and labels related
to academic studies; and home reading.
Writing:Creative writing allows the student to express his thoughts before spelling and grammar are mastered. As the student's skills progress, sentence structure becomes more complex, spelling improves, and story-writing skills develop. Students write book reports, poetry and journals and then learn to analyze sentences, build complex sentences and refine research skills.
Grammar:Students study all the parts of speech and their functions using classical Montessori materials such as Grammar Boxes and the Farm. Definitions and symbols are correlated with each part of speech. Grammar studies are integrated to reinforce work the child has already done. For example, to play the Detective Adjective game, the child must be able to identify the scalene, isosceles and equilateral triangles; and the obtuse, acute and right angle.
Spelling:Students study word families, create spelling lists, study word origins and meanings, and test their spelling skills. Nomenclature and sight words are practiced.
Handwriting:Print and cursive skills are reinforced through practice.
Foreign Language:Students study foreign language twice weekly.
The student entering an elementary Montessori program usually has a good math foundation. Elementary Montessori materials allow students to develop an in-depth understanding of math concepts followed by memorization of math facts. Students receive individual and small group lessons and work at their own pace. Math curriculum is organized so that students can, under the teacher's guidance, independently follow the math sequence.
Memorization of Math Facts
Determining common multiples and divisors
Finding the greatest common divisor
Comprehensive geometry studies begin with experiences with the line and its parts and continue through a study of:
Area and Volume
The concepts of similarity, congruency and equivalency are also studied.
Physical Science is a strong focus at Excellent Montessori School. Taught by experienced and highly qualified scientists, our science program excites students about the world's natural wonders.
Studies include the use of lectures, discussion and experiments. Projects and research help students to understand abstract concepts. Some favorite activities include constructing electromagnets and models of planets, atoms and molecules.
The Universe: Formation, Nebulae, Galaxies, Gravity, Laws of Motion, Milky Way
The Sun: Composition, Emissions, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Importance to Humans, Hazards.
Planet Earth: Origin and composition, Plate Tectonics and Effects, Continental Drift, Pangea to Present, Volcanism, Earthquakes.
Other Planets: Individual Characteristics, Orbits.
Matter: The Atom, Periodic Tables of Elements, Radioactivity, Nuclear Power.
Electricity: Concept, Power sources, Circuit models, Conducting and non-conducting, Static electricity, Safety, Van De Graf Generator
Magnetism: Construction of Electromagnet
Children have a natural curiosity about the earth's creatures. Zoology studies allow
children to understand the system of organization of the animal kingdom, research
the five classes of vertebrates and study each in depth. Students begin their studies
by observing and caring for real creatures, then use cards, booklets, control charts
and book research to continue their studies.
Animals and skeleton matching
Five classes of vertebrates
Nomenclature of the external and internal parts of the vertebrate and invertebrate
Study of the human body
Many hands-on activities and experiments pique the students' curiosity and engage them in the study of Botany.
Classification of living things
Needs of plants
Gardening Types and Parts of:
Students continue studies from Pre-elementary. Favorite activities include drawing
maps and identifying countries, oceans, physical features, and flora and fauna native
to each continent.
Timeline of Life
Geology Physical, cultural, economic
and political geography
The study of history is integrated with studies of biology, math and geography. The
student learns about the inter-relatedness of all things within the universe.
Formation of the Earth
Cenozoic Era The Concept of time:
Units of measure
Humans through History:
Fundamental needs of humans
Georgia State History
United States History
Art:Art lessons are taught using various techniques and media.
Music:In addition to singing songs, music instruction includes learning notes, patterns, rhythms, and games.
Drama:Drama production and performance encourages public speaking, poise, self-control and cooperative efforts.
Conditioning, strengthening, rules, cooperation and sportsmanship are taught along with basic skills in a variety of activities.
Many traditions enrich elementary students' experiences. Each year they visit the Hudgens Children’s Center for the Arts, visit the Fernbank Science Center, and participate in various community service projects. Other field experiences are planned in conjunction with the curriculum. The older students participate in an Environmental Education excursion each year.