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 to express themselves and to appreciate the world around them. Our art classes supplement the sensorial and cultural curriculum as children learn how to make artistic connections with their environment, communicate visually, and appreciate introductions to art history.
Additionally, we use our art classes as an opportunity to teach respect through proper care of the various materials and for another student’s personal style.
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 both confidence and a desire to continue studying Spanish and other languages.
Fostering a love of reading by creating a culture of lifelong learning is our goal. Throughout the school year, students visit the school library for storytime, special programming, book selection, library instruction, and research. Our library collection consists of approximately 4,500 books, periodicals, and online research databases. Students read widely to make connections with self, previous reading, and global issues. In addition to reading for pleasure and personal growth, students attend library classes to learn literacy and research skills in the context of classroom curriculum. We support our students’ development as lifelong learners, independent library users, and successful researchers.
Students attend a minimum 45-minute Makerspace / computer technology class per week, and in this extension of the classroom, students have access to a range of tools, materials—both physical and virtual, resources, programs, and inspiration. Our learners are not assigned projects or given a step-by-step checklist of standard projects to submit. Instead, students develop their understanding through creative design, hands-on experimentation, and engaging invention, all through science, engineering, and tinkering. Technology is also integrated into the period, meaningfully connected to the curriculum and derived from best practices demonstrated in current research. MacBooks, iMacs, Chromebooks, iPads and iPod Touches are all used; SMART boards are also available for use in the Upper Elementary room as well as the makerspace and art room.
Using the Montessori approach of creating an adaptive learning environment where students develop to their fullest potential, students decide on their own ideas and undertake the exciting, non-directed task of developing a solution. The makerspace is designed to provide each student with a safe and controlled environment to explore and push the boundaries. Students persevere through challenging moments, allowing them to experience the thrill of taking ownership for their own success. The makerspace focuses on the process, not the product, in both the child and in what he or she creates.
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 the Toddler program when children respond intuitively to rhythm and melody. 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 Toddler student watching a seed sprout, a Primary student collecting and identifying leaves, or an Elementary student creating a poster explaining the parts of a plant cell.