Click on the words and pictures below to explore activities your children will participate in daily in the Montessori environment.

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  • recess
  • library
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  • gym
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  • enrichment
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Enrichment

Each teacher incorporates drama, music, art, and exercise into class time.  We do not have special pull-out sessions because of our strong commitment to the curriculum requirements related to our accreditation as an AMI Montessori school.  Fine arts are seen as inseparable from the other subjects.  Children are taught specific techniques and concepts from drama, music, and art, and they apply these lessons in their work across the subject areas.

In addition, we offer a variety of after-school enrichment activities each semester. Activities vary from year to year and have recently included: drama, ballet, creative movement, and chess.

Gym

Elementary students are active daily in a thirty minute gym class.  Stretching, sports skills, and collective games all make for an energetic part of the school day.  Organized sports and games provide the children with opportunities to strengthen social skills.  Gym is a natural extension of our classroom and a time to reinforce grace and courtesy lessons and encourage classmates. These skills of cooperation, compromise, sportsmanship, and negotiation will last a lifetime.

"Whether you win or lose, you end the game by saying 'good game.'"

"On a relay, you never say, 'you did a bad job for the team.'"

Birthdays

Birthdays are special at Wheaton Montessori School and birthday celebrations are unique and lots of fun. Primary children enjoy celebrating with a special candle and a boisterous birthday song.  Children may bring a special snack to school for sharing their celebration.

Art

Wheaton Montessori art projects are designed to tap into the creativity within each child. Emphasis is placed on art processes rather than the end results. Students are encouraged to explore and become comfortable with a variety of media.  Their work includes painting, drawing, collage, pastels, and clay. Once they are confident with the materials, they are better able to draw on their personal observations, adventures and dreams in their creative work so they can be realized in a concrete way.

Art develops fine motor skills and art projects always lead to the purposeful and real practical life work – cleaning up!

We strive to present students with a wide selection of real art materials that are beautiful to the eye and satisfying to touch.  Through classroom storytelling, children are also introduced to the masters of the fine arts throughout history.

Recess

We often say "There is no bad weather, just bad apparel"

"We love dirt"

"Look at this!"

One of the central tenets of the Montessori philosophy is the connection with the natural world.  The children have the daily opportunity to experience the outdoors during recesses and frequently are outside to collect insects, find leaves, check the weather, and feed the birds.

Primary and Elementary students frequently extend their work and lessons outside of the "classroom walls."  Elementary students also enjoy gym outside.

Library

The Wheaton Public Library is a natural extension of all of the classrooms at Wheaton Montessori School.  The primary classrooms order book bags on specific topics of interest to the children.  The elementary children "go out" in small groups to continue their investigations and research their projects initiated in the Montessori curriculum.  Wheaton Montessori School is grateful to the library for expanding our "walls".

Ms. Searcy helps students to further research and explore the subjects they have become interested in during their time in the classroom. Our goal is for each elementary student to navigate the library skillfully and view it as their first resource for further investigation into their areas of interest.  They receive the necessary guidance to refine their selections and interpret library materials.

Wheaton Montessori School also has a small and carefully chosen selection of books about Montessori education, child development, and parenting techniques available for parents' use.

Morning Greetings

A friendly smile and warm hand are extended to each child as they begin their school day, whether they are early arrivers or start their day at 8:30.  A personal welcome is always waiting for your children.

Daily Life

Life at Wheaton Montessori School takes place in much the same way it takes place in any community – students work, play, eat, rest and interact with each other. (For descriptions of each WMS learning environment, click here.) And like any other community, daily life at WMS includes more than work.

There is an emphasis on practical life, those lessons that teach attention and care for one’s self, one’s work, the classroom, and others.  Time is enjoyed outdoors and children can spend time in book corners. We celebrate more than 100 Birthdays a year and traditional school work  explored through Montessori materials alternates with opportunities for creative pursuits of all kinds.