At "The Cottage" we offer a range of schedules to fill the needs of our families. All programs are five days a week.
HALF DAY (8:30 - 12:30) $585
SCHOOL DAY (9:00 - 3:00) $675
FULL DAY (8:00 - 4:00) $720
EXTENDED DAY (7:30 - 5:30) $770
A limited number of spots are available for three days a week for three months to help young children transition to the school.
Tuition is annual and divided into ten equal payments. There is also a non-refundable registration fee of $100 and a $300 deposit.
We accept preschool and Kindergarten children 2½ to 6 years of age. (must be potty-trained)
"The children learn from one another and throw themselves into the work with enthusiasm and delight. This atmosphere of quiet activity develops a fellow-feeling, an attitude of mutual aid, and most wonderful of all, an intelligent interest on the part of the older children in the progress of their little companions."
Dr. Maria Montessori
"Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook"
We're also the home of the Cottage Montessori Teacher Education Program.
Overview of Curriculum Areas
In this curriculum area the children are invited to work on real life tasks such as care of self and environment, which develop:
concentration & coordination
independence & order
responsibility & self-esteem
The Sensorial area is designed to isolate specific attributes of a material, such as thick and thin, large and small, long and short and to order the varying degrees of each. It is through the children's work with these Sensorial materials, that their senses are awakened. Dr. Montessori observed that it is through the education of the senses that the child begins his/her journey to create the adult he will become.
Rather than learning math facts by a rote method, there are many beautiful and concrete math materials in the Montessori classroom. They are designed to attract the child to experience abstract concepts through the manipulation of these concrete materials.
We begin with the quantities of 1-10. As the child masters these concepts, the teens and tens are introduced along with the basic operations of addition and subtraction. The next level of activity is the introduction to the decimal material.
There are two areas of the Language curriculum: pre reading/reading and writing. The sandpaper letters are used to introduce the sounds the letters make and the moveable alphabet is used to build and decode words. The children are introduced to the sounds the letters make as opposed to the names, because that's how we read. The entire classroom is ultimately a language learning experience.
Science & Geography:
We explore many lands…their customs, language, food, dress, music, etc… As young scientists we observe with wonder the world around us including plants, animals, land, sky and our great big vegetable garden!
Art & Music
We believe in offering the children raw materials, as opposed to a contrived art project. The emphasis is on the process not the product. Music, Music, Music…we love to sing, dance and explore the various qualities of our rhythm instruments and drums from around the world. The children will be singing each day as they develop their skills at memory, voice control and pitch, as well as cooperation within a community. We feel children need to express themselves freely through art & music, and we encourage them to do so.