True to the Montessori philosophy, DMS provides:
Multi-age groupings of children in
3-year developmental blocks
Specially designed sensorial materials
Certified teachers who have studied the Montessori Method
A fundamental belief in the goodness of each child
The Early-Primary Program
Ages 18 months to 3 years
Our Early-Primary Program serves children from 18 months until they are ready to transition to the Primary Program (around age 3). Throughout the morning, children engage in hands-on activities developed specifically for this age group. In the Early-Primary Program, children learn about their world and themselves through self-directed exploration. An important part of a toddler’s developing independence is learning to care for him or herself by washing hands, preparing a simple snack, or cleaning up after a spill. Children delight in the joy of self-sufficiency that comes with mastering these skills. An emphasis on care and respect for self, others and the environment guides the children’s socialization. Positive modeling and redirection are ways we encourage the practice of appropriate behavior. The safe, gentle and loving atmosphere in the classroom puts children at ease.
The Primary Program
Ages 3 to 6 years
Our Primary Program serves children 3 years to 6 years old. During these years, children absorb information effortlessly. Our Primary Program capitalizes on this formative time in children’s lives by fostering their natural curiosity and giving them the confidence to explore their world. Working in our Montessori classroom with appropriately scaled, self-correcting materials designed to meet their developmental needs, children have an opportunity to engage in a variety of hands-on activities. Our certified Montessori teacher is their guide as they refine their senses, and build their math, reading and practical life skills. By its very nature, the Montessori curriculum is tailored to each individual child and builds on itself. In the mixed age setting, over time children have the chance to experience learning both as the littlest learners, and later as leaders and models in the classroom. Children develop concentration, coordination, independence and social awareness. The joyful introduction to learning and engagement with the world around them that children receive at our school provides the foundation they need to thrive in their educational careers and beyond.