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Admissions Process

About Our Admissions Process

Manheim Central School District

(717) 574-2301

Our Primary Program

"The essential thing is to arouse such an interest that it engages the child’s whole personality."

As the cornerstone of Montessori education, the cycle of the Primary experience supports the 3- to 6-year-old child’s natural inclination to seek out a wide array of life skills and cognitive abilities. This hands-on learning approach includes relevant curriculum areas for this stage – motor skills, socialization, self-esteem, independence, a sense or order, concentration, and cooperation – as well as an atmosphere that allows children to develop at their own pace.

Each Primary classroom provides a warm and secure community designed to meet each child’s needs at every developmental step. Guided by Montessori-certified primary teachers, children build and master important skills at critical sensitive periods – the moment they are most sensitive to acquiring a new skill or concept. Our method creates the optimal environment to foster these budding developments, building independence, establishing a sense of empowerment, and creating the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are our families.

"The past year has been one of tremendous growth for Johnson. Your program has taught him to refine and build on his fine motor skills, letter and sound recognition, organization, and a concrete understanding of numbers. He has learned respect, responsibility, and what it means to be a good friend. These lessons have allowed Johnson’s self confidence to soar."

Our Curriculum Components

“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”
-Dr. Maria Montessori

  • Practical Life Purposeful activities enhance concentration and focus through caring for the self and the environment, fine motor coordination, and practicing grace and courtesy. These appeal to the child’s need for movement and order, independence, and social relationships.
  • Sensorial Montessori materials and hands-on activities stimulate sensory discovery and description, while maximizing the child’s natural desire to explore, classify, and order their surroundings. Children learn concepts of mass, width, length, temperature, and other physical properties.
  • Math Using carefully prepared tools and manipulative materials, children are led through a logical mathematical thought process— from concrete to abstract – to understand concepts like linear counting, the decimal system, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  • Language Our implementation of the “Balanced Literacy Approach” encourages growth in oral language, written expression, reading, and grammar elements. This approach to reading instruction is phonics-based and highly sequential while taught within contexts that are whole and meaningful. Additional accommodations are made to adapt to different types of learners.
  • Culture Multicultural studies lay a foundation of mutual understanding by exposing children to geography, history, physical, and life science basics. Children gain an awareness of the world around them by exploring other countries, their customs, foods, languages, and wildlife.
  • Peace Peace education consists of opportunities and experiences for children to develop an ability to understand and access peace within themselves, interact peacefully with others, and eventually engage in activities that create a peaceful planet.
  • Art The art area in a Montessori classroom provides developmentally appropriate and open-ended experiences that foster creativity and sensory development.
  • Foreign Language Capitalizing on each child's propensity for language acquisition, foreign language is integrated into the prepared environment through individual and small group instruction utilizing hands-on materials and experiential, conversational interaction.
  • Music From transition times to lessons, music and song is infused throughout the day. Montessori bells and other instruments are available for experimentation and formal instruction.
  • Garden Lessons in the outdoor environment help children develop an understanding of and appreciation for the complexity and interdependence of our living world. The children develop the skills of exploration, observation, experimentation, and conservation.

Learning at Home

Progressive Story Writing

You Will Need:

Blank book or notebook, sturdy mailing envelope, markers, pens, etc.

Directions:

Have your child start a story and illustrate a few pages. Mail the book to a family member or friend that doesn’t live with you (great for grandparents!) and ask this person to continue the story. Have him/her send the book back to your child, and then decide together who to send it to next. This can continue as long as there are pages left to fill!

Tip:

Make your child part of the whole process. She can pick out the blank book, plan what the story will be about, illustrate it (either glue pictures or draw directly in the book), and decide who to send it to. When the book is full, put pictures of the authors and illustrators in the back with the date of publication. If your child can’t write, she can dictate the story to you.


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