The Joy of Learning Montessori School (JLMS) offers a complete academic and social program for children ages 2 1/2 to 9 years old. We offer primary, kindergarten, and elementary classes. We also teach pottery, cooking, and optional extra curricular activities. CurriculumThe JLMS curriculum encompasses a broad spectrum of topics and activities in the classroom. Children move about freely, talk and choose their own work, carrying it out with great concentration and enthusiasm. The classroom is divided into the following areas where the children may select activities. The curriculums listed below span through an age range of 2 1/2-9 year olds.Practical Life - Children learn to care for themselves and their environment. Through the activities in this area, children develop fine motor skills, independence, and a sense of order and concentration. They learn how to be gracious & courteous towards others.Art - Children develop visual, mechanical and perceptive skills by working with different artistic media. Children explore our science & cultural studies through art activities; involving techniques such as: cutting, gluing, drawing, pin punching, & painting. One of the goals of our art curriculum is to encourage creative problem-solvers and potential craftspeople.Music - Children participate in various musical experiences including singing and playing simple instruments. Children are introduced to the different "families" of instruments within an orchestra. They refine their listening skills by learning to hear certain sounds within a piece of music. Children explore music, instruments, and dances from around the world.Language Arts - Children practice writing through a variety of creative activities using mediums of sand and colored pencils to trace lines, curves, & geometric shapes. They learn to form letters through the tactile experience of the sandpaper letters. The children trace names, words, & poems. They learn to copy words and sentences. The children begin to compose their own sentences, and read them back to us. Their own writings become a bridge to reading! Other pre-reading activities include visual discrimination and patterning games. Children learn the sounds associated with the letters of the alphabet; later, blending them to make words. The children begin to read phonetic words, sentences, and books. As they learn different phonograms and sight words, the children begin to read non-phonetic words, sentences, and books. During the process of reading, the children are gradually moving into learning the concepts of punctuation, spelling, and grammar. These skills are building blocks to the children's ability to write their own literature, such as poems, stories, and autobiographies. Sensorial/Geometry - Young children experience the world through their five senses. Students develop and refine their sense of sight, touch, hearing, tasting and smelling by working with the specialized materials in this area. They begin to order their perceptions of size and space. These skills prepare the children for their work with our hands-on geometry materials. Math - Children learn about quantities, and the symbols that are associated with them. Sequencing numbers and skip counting are two favorite games in our classroom. The decimal system is introduced through hands-on, concrete materials. The arithmetic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are presented through hands-on materials, allowing the children to understand the concept behind these tasks. Children explore the concepts of time, fractions, and measurements.Geography - Children learn about their community, country, and the world around them through puzzles, flags, & maps. Children learn about land, animals, and people from around the world by exploring pictures, books, and beautiful objects. Children also learn to create their own landforms using clay and water.Science - Children take a hands-on, experimental approach to science. Through the materials, the children are introduced to many scientific studies including: magnetic/non-magnetic, living/non-living, rocks & minerals, the lifecycle of a butterfly, the solar system, matter, astronomy, oceans/sea life, the seasons, dinosaurs/fossils, our bodies, and the study of botany & zoology.Physical Education - Children develop and strengthen their gross motor skills and coordination through outdoor play, games and experiences. Children learn teamwork, cooperation and the ability to follow instructions. Peace Education- Maria Montessori's vision and goal was the reconstruction of society and the establishment of world peace with the help of education. Our contribution to this goal, is to encourage in each child, the skill and ability to become a peacemaker. History- The Five Great Lessons are a series of stories designed to provide each child with an understanding of the history of the universe, referred to by Maria Montessori as, "Cosmic Education." The Lessons are divided into five parts: "The Story of the Universe"; "The Story of Life Coming to Earth"; "The Story of the Coming of Humans"; "The Story of Writing (or Language)"; "The Story of Mathematics (or Numerals)".