Dr. Montessori identified the period from 0-6 years as the critical period for acquiring language. Consistent with her philosophy, children at MSM participate in Spanish language instruction. Even the youngest children are introduced to the Spanish language through fun and interactive games and activities. Lessons focus on Spanish culture, and children are encouraged to work together on extended projects. The Spanish curriculum includes games, Spanish literature and an exploration of Spanish customs and celebrations. Spanish classes are designed to introduce basic vocabulary and a cultural approach to the Spanish speaking world. Children learn Spanish while having fun by listening to music, playing a variety of traditional Montessori games, as well as engaging in movement and dance activities, videos, and practical conversation.
The art program compliments the Montessori philosophy encouraging children to express themselves through various materials. Art theory and technique is introduced to the students through means of exploration and discovery, building a foundation for artistic expression and aesthetic awareness. Special cultural studies throughout the year expand the children's knowledge of not only traditional art forms from around the world, but the history of Art as a whole. Art provides children with a natural way to communicate thoughts, feelings and ideas as well as a way to develop an understanding and appreciation of the artistic process.
Yoga classes introduce children to the concepts and mechanics of yoga as well as the history and principals of Yogic philosophy. Children at MSM participate in a unique, education-based blend of Classic Asanas (poses), Pranayama (Breathing Exercises) and Guided Meditations will. The goal of yoga class is to strengthen and increase your memory and ability to focus, build greater self-awareness and confidence, improve overall academic performance, and build on social-emotional learning while supporting physical, mental and emotional well being. Some of the creative techniques used to this end are: Songs, music, storytelling, art projects, interactive games, partner and group work, and engaging activities that stimulate cognition in a non-competitive, healthy and positive way.
Music, Movement and Drama lessons comprise our Performing Arts program. Each of these aspects is divided into practical as well as historical and creative lessons. Drama lessons teach children how to express feelings with facial expressions, write stories, design sets and costumes, and explore theater history. Music lessons teach children to recognize various notes, become familiar with the structure of the music staff, find rhythm in both music and every day sounds, and learn about how music tells stories from bluegrass, to jazz, to rock 'n roll. Finally, all lessons incorporate movement exercises that teach gross motor control whether through learning the ballet positions, practicing stage blocking, or keeping tempo.