• “Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.”

    – Maria Montessori

  • OUR MONTESSORI CURRICULUM FOR K4 & K5

    The Montessori classroom provides a prepared environment where children are naturally driven to work and learn. The child’s inherent love of learning is encouraged by giving them the opportunity to engage in meaningful hands on activities. Through these activities, children develop independence, concentration, persistence, and discipline. Within this framework of order, they progress at their own pace and rhythm according to their own interests and abilities.

    Montessori facilitates a natural love for learning. We follow the child. Once children adjust to a Montessori classroom, they see, enjoy, and discover more about the world. The Montessori materials naturally inspire the inquisitive nature of the child leading them to think of new ways to do things. They open the child to learn for themselves.

    Montessori seeks to educate the whole child and takes their education beyond the class room. Montessori equips the child for everyday life. They acquire practical skills giving them purpose and enabling them to be a contributing member of their family, classroom, and community.

    Montessori focuses on the individual child and their potential. A traditional education often has a set curriculum based on the child’s age with the expectation that children need to progress through material at the same pace and each attain optimal results. It just doesn’t happen. It won’t happen. Why? Because no two children are at the same spot in their development. In a Montessori environment, both students can meet their full potential and work at their own pace. Learn more about the Montessori Approach HERE

    We work on five major areas listed and outlined below:

  • OUR K4 & K5 TEACHERS

    NIKKI MADISON

    Pre-School & Kindergarten Teacher

    LISA HARRIS

    Pre-School & Kindergarten Assistant

    LORI GEISLER

    Administrator

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  • SMALL WORLD MONTESSORI CURRICULUM FAQ’s

    How do I know if Montessori education is a good fit for my child? Montessori programs are a good fit for most children. The method focuses on individual learning allowing the child to work at their own pace. Socialization is learned naturally with daily interactions during snack, group, and work time. Children are able to work independently or in a small group. The Montessori classroom is designed to be inviting, calm, and structured to allow the child the ability to learn academic and real-life skills.

    At what age can my child start school? Children can begin attending Small World at 2 years of age (24 months) in our Toddler program. Children can begin attending our preschool program when they are fully potty trained and able to attend 5 days a week.

    What grades does Small World have? Small World has a toddler program for 2-3 year olds, a preschool morning program for 3 – 4 year olds and a full day (8:30 am – 2:30 pm) 4K and Kindergarten. All grades have both part time and full time childcare available.

    Does my child have to go 5 days a week? Children attending the Toddler program are able to choose between 3, 4, and 5 days a week. Our preschool, 4K, and 5K classrooms are 5 day a week program. It has been our experience, that Montessori students thrive with daily attendance. Just imagine that your child received their first lesson with the Map of the World on Monday and then is absent on Tuesday. The excitement and knowledge learned in that earlier lesson may be lost. In addition to losing learning momentum, the 3-6-year-old classroom functions as a small community. If your child does not attend daily they miss out on a special lesson, celebration, or social opportunity.

    How do children transition into traditional education? It is Small World’s goal to not only assist our students in achieving academic excellence, but to help the child develop habits that will last them a lifetime. Doing your best, finishing what you start, self-initiative, respect for yourself, others and the environment are just some of the important characteristics we hope to instill in our youngest community members. Good habits and strong academic skills allow the child to successfully transition to any school.

    What is Extended Day? Our Extended Day program is comparable to a traditional 4K and 5K class. Children ages 4-6 years of age have an extended school day (8:30 – 2:30 pm). During this time, our oldest students gather together to have further lessons with our more advanced materials, practice reading and writing, and do special group activities like art, music, and yoga.

    What is Montessori First Steps Playgroup? This program gives parents the opportunity to spend quality time with your very young child (birth – 2 ½ years). This hour-long class (9 – 10 am) allows the young child the ability to explore an enriched Montessori classroom with the security of child’s parent/caregiver. You will also learn about various topics relating to child development and parenting. Enjoy the opportunity to observe your child interacting with age appropriate activities and peacefully playing with peers. Four-week sessions are held through out the year.

    How do I know if Montessori education is a good fit for my child? Montessori programs are a good fit for most children. The method focuses on individual learning allowing the child to work at their own pace. Socialization is learned naturally with daily interactions during snack, group, and work time. Children are able to work independently or in a small group. The Montessori classroom is designed to be inviting, calm, and structured to allow the child the ability to learn academic and real-life skills.

    Can my family afford Montessori education? Small World strives to make Montessori education affordable to our community. A scholarship program is available to families solely based on financial need. In addition, Small World, as a state licensed childcare, is able to take *Shares Subsidy, to help pay for tuition and childcare cost. *Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy supports low-income working families by subsidizing a portion of the cost of quality child care while the parents or caregivers are working or participating in another approved activity. Wisconsin Shares is implemented locally by counties and tribes.