AESTHETIC AND ARTISTIC
The fine and performing arts areas are a natural and essential part of children’s development. They provide pleasure, satisfaction, and are a way for children to respond to and interpret their real and imagined worlds. Through the arts, children express their creativity, feelings, and understandings. In addition, the arts provide a context through which children may discover and appreciate aspects of their cultural heritage and the heritage of others.
EMOTIONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
All children need and deserve acceptance, respect, empathy, and understanding. Our program seeks to facilitate a positive self-concept among all children by offering opportunities to gain confidence and competence in functioning along and cooperating with others.
Physical well being is an integral part of living and learning. Children are provided with experiences to help them learn about growth and development, and about their own role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The experiences and knowledge children bring to their learning environment, combined with their natural desire to learn, curiosity, and sense of wonder form the foundations for their learning. The adults provide the optimal prepared environment for the children to construct their knowledge and sharpen their thinking skills.
The development of responsibility requires that people understand the interdependence of social and ecological issues and are willing to commit themselves to making a difference. The program provides children with experiences to help them learn to value and respect individual contributions as well as cultural identity and heritage. It seeks to help children understand their individual and collective rights and responsibilities as members of society.
SCHOOL PROGRAM CATEGORY
THE INFANT COMMUNITY
This group consists of babies two (2) months to fourteen (14) months. The classroom area (yellow trimmed in white) consists of a movement area, a quiet sleeping area, an eating area and a physical care area.
THE TODDLER COMMUNITY
There are two (2) toddler community classrooms. One is for children ages 15-25 months known as the “junior” toddler community. The classroom color is mauve trimmed in purple. The second group (Senior Toddler) is 26-36 months. The classroom color is green. Both groups have individual work time, group time for singing, dancing, reading, outdoors education and eating.
THE PRIMARY PROGRAM
There are three (3) primary program classrooms (color of classrooms: teal, red, and blue). The prepared environment for these children includes areas for geography, botany, mathematics, sensorial, language arts, practical life, the fine arts, and the performing arts.
OUT OF SCHOOL PROGRAM (BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM)
This is an art, sports, and academic enrichment program for children first through fifth grade. The children receive homework support, relax and play indoor and outdoor games and read their choice of books from the school library. They use both the multipurpose room and the library for most of their activities.
SUMMER LEISURE PROGRAM
Loaded with leisure projects, sports, and fine and performing arts activities, the program is usually made up of five (5) two-week sessions. Field trips, visits to Club Sienna for golf, tennis, basketball, swimming pools, and the amphitheater dominate the summer leisure program.
SIENNA MONTESSORI SCHOOL – FEATURES AND BENEFITS TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS
All parents are members of the Parent-Teacher Committee. They participate in various program activities, attend parenting classes, and they are always available to provide any social and psychological support to all the children.
For all children who are ready for solid food, the school provides state-approved catered hot lunches and school planned snacks (morning and afternoon). Infants on liquid meals have family provided formulas or Mothers milk. Solid food meals can be eaten in the lunchroom, in the courtyard or in the classrooms. Teachers, together with the children, have the option to select where they want to eat on a given day and/or occasion.
The school uses state-approved bus for field trips. All children must be either in seatbelts or buckled up in parent provided car seats. For additional safety precaution, attendance is taken at the time the children get on and off the bus. Additionally, a buzzer located in the back of the bus goes off when the driver closes the door after children leave the bus. The only way for the driver to turn it off is by physically going to the back of the bus. This allows the driver to see if any child is still on the bus, possibly sleeping.
Standing across from the Sienna Crossing Elementary School, Sienna Montessori school has several benefits to Parents and Children. These include:
- close proximity to home for easy drop off and pick up
- security cameras both indoors and outdoors
- a single gate entry to all classrooms with the gate monitored by cameras
- individualized internet access to children’s classrooms
- playgrounds and swimming pools on site
- walking distance to the elementary school for the before and after school children which eliminates possible transportation vehicle accidents.
Children love their benefits package, which includes, but is not limited to:
- small classrooms
- colorful classrooms (each of the seven classrooms and the library is a different child-friendly color)
- age-appropriate furniture
- computer-aided learning in all the classrooms and library
- a shower, wading pool, and swimming pool securely fenced in and monitored by cameras on the premises
- close proximity to Club Sienna with its water park, golf, tennis, and Amphitheater
- two age-appropriate play areas and an outdoor performing arts stage in the courtyard
- warm, loving school personnel
- a reading loft in the “living room” (multipurpose room)
- Library with culturally, educationally, and developmentally appropriate materials.