About Owls Acre Montessori
Owls acre Montessori is a privately owned pre-school through kindergarten serving children ages 2.5 through 6. Morning Montessori classes are held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The afternoon kindergarten program continues till 2:30pm. Extended care hours are offered before morning classes from 6:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and after classes until 5:00 p.m.
Our children attend classes Monday through Friday but we also offer part time classes as well. Parents that choose this option may pick the days convenient for their schedule. We are licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and are affiliated with the American Montessori Society. The school is non-discriminating in the admission policies with regard to race, religion or cultural heritage.
Purpose and Goals
Owls Acre has designed its program to achieve the following goals:
- A positive attitude toward life and learning
- Self-confidence and independence
- A lifelong sense of curiosity
- A sense of order and responsibility
- Large and small muscle coordination
- Comfort with independence
The Montessori Pre-School Program
This program is especially designed for children ages 3-6. It is considered a three-year program, which includes two preschool years and the third year, Kindergarten. The majority of the children begin when they are three years old and stay through the Kindergarten year. Our spacious classrooms are designed to serve children of all cultures and include children that are differently able.
Our two primary goals for the children who enter our Montessori program are to help develop independence and initiative within each child. This is accomplished through the design of the environment, the selection of activities made available to the children and the philosophy of the program. The areas within the Montessori Classroom include:
SensorialThis area is designed to help refine the senses of your child. Use of the sensorial materials encourages each child to make comparisons and form judgments about qualities present in objects. Specific language is given to help identify, classify and categorize.
Everyday LivingThis area is set up to provide each child with a wide variety of activities that will enhance concentration, coordination, order and independence. The activities promote self-help skills, eye-hand coordination, among other proficiencies.
LanguageThis area provides a well-designed approach to help develop and refine skills necessary for reading. The students receive a strong foundation in phonics. Language and vocabulary development are encouraged.
MathematicsThis area gives each child the opportunity to learn the meaning of numerals. The concrete, manipulative materials provide a solid foundation in the otherwise abstract world of numbers.
ArtDaily opportunities are provided to the children to express themselves creatively at the easel or through the use of other art materials.
GeographyThe children are introduced to their world through the use of concrete materials such as globes, puzzle maps and flags. Cultural presentations are made to the children that help create an awareness of the diversity of the cultures represented within our environment. This is further enhanced with exposure to music and art from other countries and cultures Cultural units of each continent is introduced through out the school year.
ScienceThe students are exposed to a variety of fundamental scientific concepts through physical science experiments, the studies of zoology, botany and our solar system Language. The students are introduced to several different languages that correspond with cultural units offered in the classrooms.
MusicDaily activities provide both group and individual experiences such as singing, instrument playing, bell matching and listening and music with movement.
Gross MotorOpportunities are provided daily - either in our spacious outdoor play space or inside our special activities room.
Unlike many schools that measure success by focusing on passing tests, Owls Acre Montessori kindergarten encourages children to explore their ideas, take risks and make discoveries, and learn to love the "process of learning," such that they are prepared for life's challenges. We recognize that learning is a lifelong process that goes well beyond passing the next test, and we strive to nurture that love for learning in the students.
Kindergarten offers an intensive reading program as well as Mathematics using the plans that Maria Montessori set forth in her studies. This program provides an all-day option for our Kindergarten students, who spend half of the day in the Montessori class and half of the day in the Kindergarten Enrichment class (total time 8:30 to 2:30). It is designed to complement the Montessori class time and to provide a variety of other "Kindergarten"-type activities for the students. There is a nice balance between group, cooperative activities and individual work. Each child enrolled in the Kindergarten program learns at his/her individual level.