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An international English learning environment for preschool-aged children in Matsumoto, Japan, based on Montessori principles
Montessori Preschool program
Our multi-age grouping creates a more dynamic learning environment, where students develop independence and leadership. More than simple reading, writing, and basic arithmetic, students have the freedom to explore classroom materials with all five senses. Individual and small-group lessons allow students to extend their learning beyond traditional expectations. Our curriculum provides broad exposure to a wide variety of academic opportunities on a daily basis:
This classroom program will be supplemented with a variety of extracurricular activities throughout the school year for the students and their families to enjoy sports, music and the arts, and cultural celebrations from around the world.
After 3 years of study in a Montessori preschool program, parents can expect their child to have a good command of receptive English. Students will work with materials designed to hone their motor skills, pique their curiosity, and expand their vocabulary as they learn more and more about the world around them. Daily language activities will guide children toward fluency in reading and writing using the English alphabet as well as Japanese characters.
Students will enjoy the unique benefits of a small staff-to-student ratio to maintain the feeling of a close-knit community. The school will work closely with local chefs and SWEET bakery to provide a nutritious, well-rounded lunch menu. Students will also have daily access to our expanded 2nd floor gym facilities, providing all the necessary space for challenging their active bodies.
General class schedule guideline (class structure may vary daily):
8:30 - 9am – student drop-off
9am - 12pm – morning work period (all academic areas available for study)
12 - 1pm – lunch and clean-up time
1 - 2pm – afternoon gym
2 -2:30pm – student pick-up
Students between the ages of 2½-6 may participate in our Montessori Preschool program. Tuition includes our international curriculum and lunch daily. Afternoon Learning Lab and other extracurricular activities are available for an additional fee. Tuition discounts are available for multiple students within the same immediate family and students wishing to participate in multiple programs. We will distribute an annual calendar, detailing holidays and school vacation periods.
The Montessori Teacher
The role of a Montessori teacher is one of guide and observer, whose ultimate goal is to motivate more and more independent discovery as the child develops. The teacher builds an atmosphere of order and peace in the classroom and encourages the children in all their efforts, thereby promoting discipline and self confidence. With the youngest students in the class, the teacher is more active, demonstrating the use of materials and presenting activities based on an evaluation of the child's needs and sensitive periods. Knowing when to observe and when, and how much, to intervene is a skill the Montessori teacher develops through extensive training and practice.