Waco Montessori School provides a rich environment for children ages 18 months through 12 years, based on the Montessori Method of education. The Children’s House holds our Toddler and Early Childhood programs. The Brophy Building serves both our Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary students.
The very best way to get a feel for our programs is to visit! We would love to show you around our classrooms, introduce you to staff members, and let you observe our amazing school.
The Toddler Program offers children approximately 18 months to 3 years of age opportunities to explore their independence and connection to the world using their extraordinary capacity for learning. The environment is set up much like a home with distinct areas for preparing food, eating, changing clothes, toileting, group activities, individual work and quiet moments.
Students will have the opportunity for social interaction, independence and self-expression, with a distinct focus on small and
large motor development.
The Early Childhood Program includes five mixed-age classrooms for children between the ages of three and six years old. They will be introduced to Montessori educational tools including the moveable alphabet, golden beads and pink tower, to introduce concepts and invite repetition moving toward deep mastery.
Children will perform practical life exercises to develop concentration, engagement, focus, order, control of movement and independence. Additionally, art, geography and music activities spring from the same philosophy, providing for hands-on, open exploration.
The Kindergarten Year
Kindergarten is a special time in a child’s Montessori education. After two full years, the Montessori Early Childhood classroom is a familiar environment to these 5-year-olds. The students:
- Know the daily routines inside and out
- Have teachers that know them well and can readily work with their strengths and encourage them to take on challenges
- Are conscious of being the oldest students in the room, having lived through two years of classroom transitions, starting when they were three
During this year, parents (and children!) will witness the “explosion of learning” that Maria Montessori observed more than 100 years ago.
The Elementary program includes Lower Elementary multi-age classrooms for grades 1–3 and Upper Elementary multi-age classrooms for grades 4–6. Academic foundations are built by the Montessori teaching method to present the language, math, and cultural curriculums. Students learn to plan their daily work to develop time-management skills.
Lower Elementary small groups gather weekly for grammar, geometry, penmanship/cursive and reading lessons.
Upper Elementary small groups gather weekly for grammar, geometry, geography and history lessons.