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EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

PRIMARY 2

We are thrilled to share that Heart of Texoma Montessori Academy has expanded its offerings based on community feedback. Our pre-primary class now offers three program options: five days a week, three days a week, and two days a week. At Heart of Texoma, we strongly believe that consistency is key to a student's success in school. Having a predictable routine provides a sense of security for students, enabling them to freely explore and discover the classroom while building strong interpersonal relationships. A set routine empowers children to be independent and responsible, as they already know what to expect and feel comfortable within the classroom. This, in turn, allows them to focus on learning and grow in their unique ways! We are enrolling eleven 2 to 5-year-olds with a lead teacher and support staff available daily to help them normalize and develop the necessary skills for transitioning into a Montessori Primary class.

 

Heart of Texoma Montessori Academy now offers these program options to serve our students better:

Two-day-a-week program – Thursday and Friday only - School Day Program – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm,

Three-day-a-week program – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday only - School Day Program – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Five-day-a-week program - Monday thru Friday - School Day Program 8:00 am to 3:00 pm,

Monday thru Friday School Day plus Afterschool care - 8:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday thru Friday 

PRIMARY 1

The Primary "prepared environment" at Heart of Texoma is specifically designed to foster the growth and development of children aged 3-6 years. Our Montessori Primary program provides a special mixed-age classroom where kids participate in personalized learning experiences and receive individual attention, which is a fundamental aspect of the Montessori Method. By utilizing genuine Montessori tools, each child is allowed to progress at their own pace with the guidance of their teacher.

 

The materials provided encourage exploration in five major areas.

Practical Life: In a Montessori environment, these activities are purposeful, develop motor control and coordination, and develop independence, concentration, and a sense of responsibility. Practical life activities’ direct aims are two-fold, care of self and care of the environment, allowing children to learn routines of daily life and how they can participate.

Sensorial Experience: Sensorial is used in a Montessori classroom to develop the five senses: sight, listening, touch, taste, and smell. The sensory activities help children to think cognitively, support future learning abilities and develop interpersonal skills.

 

Math: Montessori approach believes that math offers one of the richest opportunities to make connections between the hands, the brain, and the numbers that make up the world around us. Montessori teaches math in order from concrete to abstract: “concrete” is a child holding three marbles. A step toward abstraction is telling the child, “You are holding three marbles. Montessori math gives children visual and tactile representations of the numbers they are working with.

 

Language: The language area is not only a distinct area in the environment but runs parallel with other activities in the classroom. The environment is designed so that all activities feed naturally toward developing the skills required for learning a language—writing and reading. Language development is flourished through books, group activities, and conversations. Oral language in a Montessori classroom should be extensive and exact

 

Culture : Montessori cultural activities include geography, history, general science, botany and zoology, music, and art. Cultural Studies provide children with an opportunity to explore the larger world. It is believed that helping children form a complete worldview is a stepping-stone to promoting global understanding and international peace. As part of a rich exploration of the world’s diverse cultures, students learn about the people, terrain, and animals of each continent as they study them in the course of the three-year cycle.

Engaging in these activities helps children become more independent and sets the groundwork for literacy and numeracy skills. Within the primary classroom, children acquire coordinated movement and learn to work in an organized, sequential manner, demonstrating concentration and order when completing tasks. As they become active members of the community, children also start developing social skills.

The Montessori Primary classroom is built on the understanding that children at this stage of development:

  • Have an absorbent mind with a tremendous capacity to take in the culture, language, and values of their environment

  • Need to explore their environment and understand it

  • Need order and routine to help them orient to their environment

  • Learn through observing and interacting with their environment by using their senses; through touching, feeling, looking, listening, and manipulating objects

  • Are beginning to function independently in their environment

  • Are mastering and perfecting their movements and body awareness

  • Are learning to use language to communicate their thoughts and feelings

  • A nap is provided for all children under the age of five.  Restful reading and quiet time are options for all children as they learn to self-regulate and navigate throughout their day.

Lower & Upper Elementary

Heart of Texoma’s Elementary classrooms are tailored to the learning and development of the 6-12-year-old child:

  • 6–9-year-olds in Lower Elementary

  • 9–12-year-olds in Upper Elementary

 

The Montessori elementary classroom is built on the understanding that children at this stage of development:

  • Have logical, reasoning minds and are able to think abstractly

  • Have an active imagination to support learning

  • Have a strong sense of justice and fairness

  • Are building their social skills through cooperative work and learning

  • Need to be physically active and have freedom of movement

 

The Montessori Elementary classroom provides a unique, interdisciplinary context for learning; different subject areas are often woven together and not taught separately.
Math, Language, Science, Geography, History, Music, and Art are taught as parts of the human experience.

Studying at the elementary level advances from the Primary classroom to include more depth,
the complex subject matter, and increased conversation and critical thinking. Reading and writing skills expand to facilitate learning and mastery of all subject areas. The Montessori work cycle is three hours in length and provides uninterrupted learning time supported by teachers. Students have freedom of movement and the invitation to work collaboratively with their friends. Peer-to-peer learning is enhanced in mixed-age classrooms; many important lessons are learned from each other and not a teacher at the front of the classroom. Each student will have an individualized learning plan and progress at their own pace.

Unlike the traditional approach to learning, Montessori students do not advance through their lesson plans until mastery has occurred. Students self-correct their work and advance at their own pace for sequential lessons in each academic area. This promotes self-reliance and a love for learning that can last for a lifetime.

While the curriculum in the Heart of Texoma’s Elementary classroom may be self-paced, it continues to challenge students and teaches them to think critically and creatively. The Elementary classroom’s goals are to promote self-management, self-guided learning, responsibility for oneself and the environment and to encourage a social and learning community that is beneficial to the child.

After School Care

Heart of Texoma provides after-school care from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm for an additional tuition fee. Students’ afternoons will include additional outside play, a snack provided from home, and reading & homework time.

Should staffing permit and if coordinated in advance with the director, after-school care may be available occasionally for a flat, daily fee to be paid in advance.

Summer Enrichment

Children often need care, social interaction, and a variety of summer enrichment when school is not in session during the summer months. Our summer camps will each be approximately two weeks, allowing the family flexibility. Separate registration and tuition are required.

Join Heart of Texoma for summer fun! Further details and registration will be available in the spring semester.

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