The co-curricular classes for art, music, physical education, computer, Spanish and Community Engagement enhance and extend our core Montessori curriculum. Our qualified and experienced instructors collaborate with the classroom teachers to provide well-rounded and comprehensive programs.
Art: Fine arts are an integral aspect of the early childhood classroom. Art media materials are available throughout the work day, beginning with simple activities such as using scissors, paints, and other art tools to express their own imaginative ideas.
Music: Group singing is a regular class activity and the children explore musical expression with rhythm instruments and movement activities. Weekly music instruction with the music teacher explores such music concepts as beat, rhythm, vocalization and simple notation. The instructor also introduces dancing as a musical expression.
Spanish: The Spanish-speaking instructor enthusiastically presents vocabulary lessons to create a foundation in accurate pronunciation and discrimination of phonetic sounds. The lessons follow a whole-language approach: The children learn to speak by practicing language as it is used naturally to communicate.
Movement: Working with the Montessori materials supports the child’s developing fine motor coordination and large-motor skills. Dancing, field games, and free play all expand the child’s movement experiences.
Elementary and Junior High
Art: Formal art instruction introduces a wide variety of art materials, builds skills, and explores artistic styles and artists. The students work towards increasing their visual literacy, gaining an appreciation of art history, and attaining confidence in their unique abilities.
Music: Music education benefits the developing intellect, provides an avenue for the study of cultures, and builds an appreciation of different music styles and creative self-expression. The instructor works with the students to develop rhythm skills, to train ear and voice, and to teach an understanding of the fundamentals of music including rhythm, melody, harmony, form, tone, and expressive qualities.
The music program includes chorus singing and an elective for band. The band program gives beginning students an opportunity to learn an instrument and more advanced students to practice and perform.
Physical Education: The Montessori Academy views athletics as an important element in the education of the whole child. Students enjoy a variety of physical experiences including open recess periods. During physical education classes, students learn the basics of specific games and sports, develop concepts of fair play, team spirit and good sportsmanship and develop gross-motor skills, and coordination, and movement patterns.
Through team sports, students have opportunities for cooperation and competition, good sportsmanship and leadership.
Community Engagement: The Montessori Academy teaches the students to build classroom unity, serve their school community, and reach out to the regional and world community. Upper Elementary students are invited to serve as “patrols” for the preschool children during morning drop off. Also, Upper Elementary students regularly visit Northpoint, a senior care facility, to socialize with the residents and initiate Montessori-based and other activities.
All Junior High students work on-campus or through urban immmursion. They work with our younger students in Early Childhood and Elementary and accept assignments in the school library or office. Weekly, they can be found at the South Bend Center for the Homeless where they take part in a full community engagement curriculum that includes learning about the causes and effects of poverty and homelessness and community efforts to combat the issue. There they also work alongside the guests and staff of the Center in various capacities which includes building relationships with the early childhood students in The Montessori Academy's classroom at the Center.
The Montessori Academy also hosts numerous student-organized fund drives for local nonprofit organizations. These include collection drives throughout the year for La Casa de Amistad, residents of Portage Manor, the Center for the Homeless, Toys for Tots, Robinson Community Learning Center, and The Boys & Girls Club. In December, Montessori Academy students and families also participate in the “Adopt A Family” program through the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Computer: Through our partnership with South Bend Code School, computer science class is taught to students from 2nd through 8th grades and covers Fundamental Concepts in Computer Programming, Fundamentals of Web Development, Fundamentals of Web Design, Entrepreneurship and Introduction to Software Architecture.
Spanish: The Spanish curriculum presents a comprehensive step by step instructional program to enable students to understand and use authentic Spanish in conversation. As the students progress they are introduced to reading and writing in Spanish. A study of Spanish cultures is woven into the program throughout the Elementary and Junior High levels.
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