WMS Course Curriculum
“The little bit that she’s at school enriches our time together, instead of just taking time away from one another. I’m a stay-at-home-mom and my mornings are busy taking care of the needs of the family. I really feel like school supports our relationship a lot more. We’re talking about all of these ‘bigger things” now at home.“ – Kimberly Stocki, current WMS Parent
“A wise person once told me, ‘your child’s first teacher will have the greatest impact on his overall development.’ That sentiment could not ring more true for us with Ms. Chiste. She has shaped our children’s lives in ways we cannot adequately articulate. We love her and WMS for so many reasons!” – Kelly Jirschle, current WMS Parent
Wheaton Montessori School can provide a home for your child from toddler-age through the freshman year of high school. Currently, Wheaton Montessori School has four preschool classrooms. The school offers both part-time and full-day preschool options, as well as “wrap around” care.
Preschool students, aged 2.5 through 6, spend their days working with the classroom teacher either individually or in small groups, within the larger mixed-age classroom. Each child works at his or her own pace, being encouraged and inspired to repeat the work as often as necessary for mastery. Children move freely about the classroom throughout the school day, with a thoughtful balance between freedom and established limitations, established by the environment itself as well as the classroom teacher. Outdoor recess and physical freedom within the classroom are fixtures of this age group’s day, helping lay the groundwork for healthy and active lives.
Practical Life: Through these activities, your children acquire many daily living skills. They prepare food, fasten their clothing, and take care of their environment. These activities help with not only motor skills, but with your child’s power of concentration and developing coordinated movement.
Sensorial Activities: Through interaction with sensorial materials, which isolate one quality, such as color, shape, or texture, children experience and explore our world with their senses. This helps establish a physical and mental foundation for further learning and exploration. Sensorial activities and “work” hone and strengthen your child’s powers of observation.
Language Activities: Our classrooms are language-rich environments. Through a variety of language activities and materials, children become familiar with sounds and symbols and begin the process of writing, which naturally leads to reading.
Mathematics: At Wheaton Montessori School, children begin to explore mathematical relationships by manipulating concrete materials – such as number rods – that are designed to isolate a concept to prepare the children for abstract reasoning. The goals of these activities are for each child to develop a love of numbers, problem-solving, computational skills, and, most importantly, confidence in using numbers in everyday life.
Cultural Activities: Art, music, and geography are integrated into the whole language experience. Living plants, animals, and other materials are part of the classroom, allowing children to develop skills in scientific observation and comparison.
Social Activities: The mixed-age group allows each child’s strengths to contribute to the community as a whole. Our students benefit from being both leaders and observers. Within the mixed-age environment, children experience a balance of individual freedom and concerns for the larger group. Our students learn responsibility for their own behavior, respect for others, collaboration, cooperation, and communication.