Curriculum | Montessorivoyage

Curriculum

The curriculum is based upon the Montessori approach to education and will encompass the following topics: language arts, math, geometry, history, biology, geography, music, art, physical education, and practical life.  Your child will have the opportunity to participate in online, interactive lessons with a teacher and a small group of children as well as having the option of joining additional activities such as read-aloud, literature circles, and special interest clubs.  

While it is not possible to use many of the Montessori math materials in a distance learning setting, some of the materials can be re-created in a “do it yourself” (DIY) paper format, which will be presented to children online and that they can use at home during their independent work time. However, as not all of the math lessons and materials can easily translate into a format that parents can DIY at home, children in grades 1 and above will be receiving a conceptual, mastery-based math workbook (Math Mammoth) to supplement the mathematics lessons that will be delivered in an online format.  

In addition, we are pleased to be partnering with Guidepost Montessori and incorporating their distance learning curriculum into our existing program. Parents and teachers will have the opportunity to access a complete scope of Montessori-aligned lessons and activities which are largely comprised of offline, hands-on learning experiences that will engage your child’s imagination and interest.  In addition, your child can participate in their virtual student community events such as creative writing and yoga, and parents will have the opportunity to participate in virtual parent education events. 

Outdoor Classroom

During the 2020/21 school year, we will be piloting a one day/week outdoor classroom in San Diego county. The “al fresco” outdoor classroom day will consist of small group lessons, workshops, field trips, and activities that will be led and facilitated by teachers and parent volunteers. Activities will include outdoor literacy activities, art, science, and movement.  Students will also have the opportunity to eat lunch together, participate in unstructured play, and connect with peers.  

Children in other counties who enroll in Montessori Voyage will have the opportunity to participate in field trips and/or electives in lieu of the outdoor classroom day.  The outdoor classroom will be available in other counties as enrollment grows.  

Through the distance learning format, students will have the opportunity to participate in the following kinds of activities that are in alignment with the Montessori approach: 

TK-K​:



  • Music

  • Movement

  • Oral language development

  • Practical life

  • Grace and Courtesy

  • Real-world math application

  • Cultural studies

  • Art

Sample Schedule for TK-K:

  • 9-12: Morning work cycle/independent work (activity suggestions from teacher and/or choice of hands-on activities from an online platform).  Your child’s lesson time: 10:30-10:50

  • 12-1: Playtime and lunch

  • 1-1:30: Read aloud

  • 1:30-1:45: Family conference (families meet once/week with the teacher for 15 minutes) 

​Grades 1-8:

 

  • Project-based work

  • Research

  • Interest groups

  • Small group discussion and academic lessons

  • Opportunities to collaborate and showcase projects

  • Read aloud, singing

  • Book clubs, writing groups

  • Debates

  • Creative problem-solving activities

  • Real-world math application involving measurement, money, graphing, fractions

  • Feedback, pacing, and guidance of student work

  • Enrichment activities (music, movement, art, etc)

  • Teacher-led community gatherings online

  • Computer programs for skill-building in math

Sample Schedule for Grades 1-8:​

  • 9-12: Morning work cycle/independent work (activity suggestions from teacher and/or choice of hands-on activities from an online platform). Your child’s lesson and follow-up work with a small group of peers: 11-12

  • 12-1: Playtime and lunch

  • 1-1:30: Read aloud w/reading comprehension activities

  • 1:30-2:30: Individual meetings, small group lessons, independent work.   

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