PROGRAMS

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CHILDREN'S HOUSE

PRIMARY ROOMS

We have four preschool/kindergarten classrooms.

Primary 1,2 and 3 serves 20 students with two Guides.

Primary 4 serves 10 students with two Guides. This class has ages 2 1/2 through 3.  Students in our Lower Ratio Primary Room are given the experience of a Children’s House setting with potty training assistance.

Students use their five senses to independently navigate around the primary classroom.  The Children’s House gives the students an opportunity for repetition, working hands-on with materials demonstrated by a guide.  Students make their own choices and set their own academic pace in a prepared, structured environment.  The experience of caring for oneself and others instills a self-confidence that lasts a lifetime.  The prepared environment is made up of five main areas:

 

PRACTICAL LIFE

This area consists of basic, purposeful life skills, prepared in order to help the child gain control of movement.  There are opportunities to pour, spoon, tweeze, sort, sweep, sew, hammer and much more.  The child also learns grace and courtesy as well as a respect for their environment.

SENSORIAL

Sensorial exercises were designed by Montessori to cover every quality that can be perceived by the senses.  These qualities include size, shape, composition, texture, loudness or softness, matching, weight and temperature.  Because the exercises cover such a wide range of senses, Montessori categorized them into eight different themes: visual, tactile, baric, thermic, auditory, olfactory, gustatory and stereognosis.

MATH

All activities incorporate the use of concrete materials. Children first learn to count to ten, and systematically progress to solving complex addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

LANGUAGE

Through the use of a multitude of activities, a child first learns his/her phonetic sounds, phonetic reading and writing, irregular (sight) words, phonograms and blends, which leads them to fluent reading.  We also document journal keeping, creating writing, whole language and poetry.

CULTURAL

Geography – Starts with the concepts of water, land and air.  Montessori Geography progresses to studying the world’s different regions through photographs, art, geo-molds and geography puzzles.

History – By examining their own lifetime from birth to present, and studying their own family tree, children gain their first sense of history.  By investigating their unique history, the concept of time is brought to life.

Botany – Assists the child in exploring the biological aspects of his/her environment.  The study of botany is child-centered, uses live plants to stimulate interest, and brings to the child an appreciation for the delicate balance of nature.

Zoology – Children, by their very nature, are fascinated by animals.  We learn about animals and how to respect their needs, habits and characteristics.

Science Experiments – These activities are fun, as well as hands-on.  Prediction and analysis are incorporated into each experiment as a precursor to using the scientific method.

LOWER ELEMENTARY

We teach a balanced curriculum encompassing the Common Core State Standards, the standards put in place by ODE, and Montessori guidelines.  Our desire is to create culturally informed students who have a hunger to learn and a curiosity about the world around them.  We provide a respectful and peaceful environment where children can explore free choice as well as responsibilities involved in the Montessori curriculum.  The elementary experience is only limited to the child’s imagination.

The Lower Elementary program introduces the Five Great Lessons as scientific explanation of the history of the universe, earth and humans.  We focus on language (spelling, reading comprehension and accuracy) in greater depth than at the Primary level.  Math begins as concrete concepts and develops into abstract work as the students progress.  Cultural studies include physical geography and map interpretation, studies of people and biomes.  Physical education may include yoga, swimming, gymnastics and the Presidential Fitness Challenge.  Art, music and Spanish are included in the curriculum weekly.

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ELEMENTARY PROGRAM

We teach a balanced curriculum encompassing the Common Core State Standards, the standards put in place by ODE, and Montessori guidelines.
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DANCE

LFM partners with Becca Swisher’s Tippy Toe Dance Studio to provide after school group dance lessons to our Kindergarten and Elementary students.  Becca Swisher is a classically trained dancer and owner of Tippy Toe Dance Studio. She has trained and performed in styles of dance including Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop and International Folk. Becca has worked locally as a choreographer for organizations such as Pentacle Theater, Corban University, Oregon School for the Deaf, Howard Street Charter School and Blanchet Catholic School. She enjoys her time teaching dance, raising her daughter Rylee and partnering with LFM to bring dance to more children in Salem.

Classes offered Oct. 2015-June 2016:

Ballet- LFM’s introductory to Ballet class teaches basic motor skills and body coordination through the structure and technique of classical ballet. Dancers will learn ballet vocabulary, musicality and confidence through creative movement. The culture and traditions of Ballet instill lessons of dedication and discipline.

Ballet-Tuesdays 3:00 to 3:30

Hip Hop- Through introductory Hip Hop at LFM, dancers will gain a knowledge of this highly stylized and athletic art form. This class will include lessons on body isolations, free style and a strong sense of rhythm.

Hip Hop- Thursdays 3:00 to 3:30

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GYMNASTICS

Silverton Gymnastics brings gymnastics classes to LFM every Thursday with their mobile gymnastics program!

We offer weekly gymnastics classes taught by a certified gymnastics instructor.

Tumble Class: 30 minutes (ages 2 1/2 to 4)

Gymnastics Class: 45 minutes (ages 4 to 6)

Elementary students attend gymnastics twice weekly for 1/4 of the school year as their PE class. They have other PE activities the remainder of the school year.

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SPANISH

Each class has Spanish circle one morning per week. Our Special Programs Coordinator, Miss Pamela, teaches the basics of Spanish during circle time. Our Primary classes have Spanish speaking assistants who reinforce vocabulary throughout each day.

Our Lower Elementary class uses an online program called Duo Lingo that integrates Spanish and technology into their curriculum.

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MUSIC

Silverton Gymnastics brings gymnastics classes to LFM every Thursday with their mobile gymnastics program!

We offer weekly gymnastics classes taught by a certified gymnastics instructor.

Tumble Class: 30 minutes (ages 2 1/2 to 4)

Gymnastics Class: 45 minutes (ages 4 to 6)

Elementary students attend gymnastics twice weekly for 1/4 of the school year as their PE class. They have other PE activities the remainder of the school year.

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LOTUS

Each class has Spanish circle one morning per week. Our Special Programs Coordinator, Miss Pamela, teaches the basics of Spanish during circle time. Our Primary classes have Spanish speaking assistants who reinforce vocabulary throughout each day. Our Lower Elementary class uses an online program called Duo Lingo that integrates Spanish and technology into their curriculum.

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AFTERSCHOOL CARE

After School Care at LFM is full of fun and creativity! We have daily projects that include fine and gross motor skills, arts and crafts and spanish time!

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SUMMER PROGRAMS

Our summer programs offer a great opportunity to expand your child’s horizon.

Summer Programs run July 1st through the second to last week of August every summer.

Each class is appropriately staffed for ratios and head classroom guides oversee the entire program on a rotating schedule.

 Summer Camp themes are as follows:

-Patriotic Art

– Our Solar System

– Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs!

– Insects vs. Arachnids

– On the Farm

– Feathered Friends

– Life Cycles