At Danville Montessori School, we assist children in the development of cognitive, emotional and social skills that will carry them throughout a lifetime. Our overall goal for the future of our students is not just to develop academic skills for the future, but for our students to become well-rounded, independent, self-sufficient and confident global citizens. Every child has a different set of learning skills, as such it is important to create a balance where every child loves to learn and will continue to love learning throughout a lifetime. In order to gain skills in independence and academic knowledge, there are a variety of subjects that our students study throughout their time at Danville Montessori School.
At Danville Montessori School, our students study the following core subjects:
Hands-on, simple experiments demonstrate earth-science physical concepts such as magnetism, gravity, light and electricity. Investigation of nature's constant elements such as volcanoes, earthquakes, as well as historical aspects of pre-historic creatures such as dinosaurs.
The development and refining of the senses through exploration of the physical world including smell, taste, sight, sound, touch and grading of size, shape and color.
The study of plants, life cycle of plants, parts of plants, classification of plant parts, how plants grow and care of plants.
The study of the Earth and its continents, puzzle maps, Earth's land and water forms, weather systems, outer space, countries of different continents and various cultural traditions.
Phonetics, symbolic representation of letters, introduction to reading, reading fluency, introduction to Grammar, handwriting (formation and printing) and sentence analysis.
Association of quantity and number symbols, memory work, concrete abstraction, decimal system, arithmetic operations and geometric studies.
Development of practical everyday skills. Practical life activities promote concentration, order, coordination and independence with activities such as pouring, sweeping, buttoning, scrubbing and zippering.
Study of animals, mammals & non-mammals, vertebrates & invertebrates, parts of animals, different species, life-cycles of animals and animal habitats & characteristics.
- Mandarin Language Children learn songs, vocabulary, numbers, phrases, cultural traditions, holiday celebrations, basic conversational skills and identification of simple Chinese characters.
- Spanish Language Children learn songs, vocabulary, numbers, phrases, cultural traditions, holiday celebrations and basic conversational skills.
- Gymnastics Following the Jack Capon gymnastics method, children learn self-balance, stretching, jumping, hopping, tumbling, body movement, etc. through a variety of controlled and purposeful gross-motor activities developed for younger children during development.
- Art Children enjoy working with different types and mediums of art including: drawing, painting, gluing, cutting, clay work, paint, crayons, markers, glue, clay, etc. Students also study one famous artist per month to learning about the artist's important contributions and life story.
- Music and Movement Children have an engaging, uninhibited experience by singing songs, dancing and using instruments. Children also have books, games and music genres. Children also study one classical composer per month learning about the composer's life and work.
- Computer Class As we come into a more technological age, our students use new Apple iMac Wi-Fi compatible computers as a curriculum supplement with phonics, reading, comprehension and math programs.