The Montessori Environment: Children's House 3 to 6 years
Childpeace has five Children’s House classrooms, each with 25 children (four groups at 1516 NW Thurman Street and one at The Terrace at 3120 SE Stark Street). It is a three-year program for most children, who enter at age three and are a part of their community until they are six years old and ready for first grade. During these years, children prefer activities they can engage in with their hands, work on at their own pace and choose according to their interests. They transition from watching and mimicking older mentors to taking pride in being experienced leaders. They move toward social independence: initiating and completing activities, helping others, caring for the classroom and contributing their unique perspective and interests to the group.
The adults guide individual children through a deep curriculum of lessons in practical life skills, exercises that stimulate the developing senses and competency in math, science, geography, art, music, spoken and written language. The individual lessons are offered based on observing a child’s abilities and interests, and always involve concrete experiences in which the adult aims to connect the child to the joy of the work.