The pre-primary classroom is a child's world, focusing on the size, pace and interests of children between the ages of three and six. At this age, the child has what Maria Montessori referred to as an "absorbent mind." The mind literally absorbs information from the environment like a sponge. Acquiring information in this effortless way is a natural and delightful activity for the young child. Our Montessori Pre-primary program is a unique cycle of learning designed to take advantage of the child's sensitive years when he can effortlessly absorb information from an enriched classroom environment. The classroom is a prepared environment for the child's unique aptitude for learning.
The environment is divided into six main areas in which the children are free to explore:
The Lower Elementary Program is for children six to nine years-old. Imagination is the great power of this age and our program is structured to nurture and support this power. This special mental ability enables the child to imagine what exists or has existed but cannot be seen because of time or distance. Not only can imagination travel through infinite space but also through infinite time. So, the Lower Elementary child learns about such things as how humans have met their basic needs since they first appeared on earth, how the earth was formed, how plant and animal life are deeply interconnected.
Lower Elementary children want to become self-sufficient, prove their new independence and help their neighbor. They have hunger for knowledge and understanding. Our hope is that the child loves everything learned, for mental and emotional growth.
A strong emphasis is placed on learning basic academics: reading, writing, math, geometry, and grammar. At this age, our teachers still rely upon the use of physical, manipulative materials to teach abstract concepts.
The Upper Elementary Program serves students ages nine to twelve years-old in 4th and 5th grades.
The Upper Elementary classrooms include:
a diverse set of Montessori advanced materials, activities, and experiences, which are designed to foster physical, intellectual, creative, and social independence;
a schedule that allows large blocks of uninterrupted time to problem solve, to see the interdisciplinary connections of knowledge, and to create new ideas;
a classroom atmosphere that encourages social interaction for cooperative learning, peer teaching and emotional development.
In the Montessori classroom, the students learn to respect themselves, others, and their environment. They also learn self-motivation, which is the key to the child's learning for the rest of his/her life.
Before & After Care
Before-School Care Early drop off is available beginning at 7:30am until 8:30am for a yearly or drop-in rate.
After-School Care After-school care is available for children in pre-primary through 5th grade. Children may participate in an aftercare structure that may include a snack, structured homework time, and outside (or inside, weather dependent) free play from 3:00-5:30pm. This option is available for a yearly or drop-in rate.
MHMS offers several extra-curricular programs such as:
Weymouth Montessori School is a preschool serving the needs of children between the ages of 2.9 to 6 years, respectively. It is affiliated with MHMS and ties into the MHMS Elementary program.