Woven in with your child’s academic program (i.e., reading, math, history, etc.) are lessons for holistic living and the broadening of horizons. In following Maria Montessori’s vision, we believe these intra-curricular activities to be a vitally important part of your child’s education.
Montessori Curriculum Full Overview
Students learn and improve upon the basic skills and fundamental principles of art. Opportunities are given to explore many different mediums through a wide variety of projects. Students will not be graded on their work, but are encouraged to reach their individual potential in artistic ability and knowledge. Art history is also an area of concentration. It is our hope that the children will gain an appreciation of art and use it as an avenue of expression in their lives.
Children will spend time each week singing, learning about, playing instruments, and exploring basic music terminology. Music history will also be taught in an effort to raise their awareness about the fine arts in general. One of our goals in teaching music is to help children relate to and respect traditional genres of music.
Physical Fitness (P.E.)
Conditioning, coordination, and skills training are important to our P.E. Program, as well as fun! We focus on personal physical growth, rather than competitive sports. This is done through cooperative learning and assisting others to develop using a variety of games, drills, dances and activities that will facilitate both physical development and good citizenship.
Practical Life Skills
There are four main areas in the Montessori definitional of “practical life activities”.
Care of self
Care of the environment
Grace and courtesy
And control of movement
Children are given age-appropriate lessons in each of these areas throughout their Montessori years. Part of the curriculum included in the grace and courtesy lessons are the lessons on peace. Dr. Montessori believed that if society is to increase in goodwill and brotherhood, the change must begin with the children. We offer to each child the opportunity to learn cooperation, courtesy, respect for all life, integrity, an attitude of service, and love for all the earth and its inhabitants. We teach the language of peace and how to use words to solve conflict. Through structured experiences, meal times, class meetings and formal lessons, children gain the tools that are used to live peacefully and gracefully in an often-dissonant world.
We offer a Montessori Blended Learning Spanish Program school-wide. As a Blended Learning program, most of the content is delivered online as the students rotate through the Spanish computer lab, and they practice with interactive online activities as well as with Montessori hands-on materials during their regular school time.
DMA utilizes an assessment approach that encompasses a wide range of methods to evaluate the academic, social, and emotional development of our children. We understand that no one data point will ever be descriptive of a child’s potential. However, the information we can gather from these assessments can help guide our instruction, identify any gaps in learning, and ensure that we are fully meeting the needs of the child. The following assessments are required by the state of Utah, but we also incorporate regular classroom assessments, teacher observations, student portfolios, alternative assessments, and student self-assessments to give a more comprehensive picture of a child’s abilities.
The RISE assessment is a multistage computer adaptive criterion-referenced assessment system that includes summative tests for English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science, and Writing. We administer the summative assessment to all students from third grade to seventh grade at the end of the year.
Acadience Reading Info
Formerly known as Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS). We currently use Acadience Reading to measure the acquisition of early literacy skills in grades kindergarten through third grade.
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