Arts & Enrichment
All of our programs are designed to provide a well-rounded educational experience and encourage children to delve more deeply into varied cultures while developing a greater appreciation for the world around them. These programs are a critical component of our child-centered approach. The experiential and hands-on special subjects help to expand our students' capabilities beyond academics.
While young minds are continually developing, studying and practicing art allows for students to learn express themselves and to appreciate the world around them. Our art classes supplement the sensorial and cultural curriculum as the children learn how to make artistic connection with their environment, how to communicate visually, and are introduced to art history.
Additionally, we use our art classes as an opportunity to teach respect through proper care of the various materials and respect for another student’s personal style.
Computer instruction begins in 1st grade. Students are introduced to the parts of a computer, typing skills, responsible Internet use and students have the opportunity to explore educational projects in math, reading, science, and logic.
Our computer curriculum is derived from the best practices demonstrated in current research. We use MacBooks, iMacs, Chromebooks, iPads and iPod Touches. Smartboards are also available in the multi-media conference center, the Upper Elementary rooms as well as the Maker Space.
Students attend 45-minute computer technology classes using the Montessori approach of creating an adaptive learning environment where students develop to their fullest potential. Technology is also integrated into the elementary work period so that it is meaningfully connected to the curriculum.
Elementary students learn a multitude of skills needed to explore, create and construct projects, such as word processing, spreadsheets, coding, keyboarding, internet research, and multimedia presentations.
At Gladwyne Montessori, foreign language is a key part of each student's academic development as it enhances our students' understanding and appreciation for other cultures. Our Spanish classes create the foundation for a lingual journey that will augment their skill set ultimately providing distinguishment and greater professional opportunities.
The ability to understand and communicate with people of other cultures is part of a child's innate capacity for language and a human's fundamental need to communicate while connecting with the natural world. Our Spanish lessons include the same Montessori materials and methods that the children are already familiar with in English. This connection helps to solidify their knowledge in a variety of areas. Our goal is to encourage them to have the confidence and desire to continue studying Spanish and other languages.
Our music program promotes self-confidence and collaboration with peers. It is comprised of a sequential program of experiences in the understanding and appreciation of music. These encounters allow students to gain insight into themselves and the world around them by exploring music as an expression of the composer. Our music program begins in Stepping Stones when children respond intuitively to rhythm and melody. Our older students are taught movement, performance, note reading and music theory as they prepare for various school programs.
Physical Education is part of each student’s academic, emotional and physical development at Gladwyne Montessori. Our programs are designed to provide the knowledge, skills, and motivation for a lifetime of health, exercise, and physical activity.
Cooperative games encourage children's coordination and ability to follow directions within the group. Physical education for young children helps strengthen their balance, hand-eye coordination, tactile awareness, sense of direction, and agility. In addition to teaching cooperation, fair play, and sportsmanship, our goal is to encourage our students to have and understand the value of an active and healthy lifestyle.
One of our goals at Gladwyne Montessori is to broaden perspectives on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education and work to enhance STEM teaching and learning to students of all ages. The Montessori curriculum is designed to weave hands-on science experiments and discovery into the classroom whether it's a Stepping Stones student watching a seed sprout, a Primary student collecting and identifying leaves, an Elementary student creating a poster explaining the parts of a plant cell or a Middle School student creating a website for a new invention.