EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM
EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM
The Extended Day Program at MCHL is staffed with Montessori trained teachers. Children have the choice of working with the Montessori materials or playing with a wide variety of toys that are made available to the children during the early morning and afternoon sessions.
The children enrolled in the Early Morning Care (7:30 – 8:30) begin their day in room 1 where there is a wide variety of activities available. At 8:30, they move on to their Toddler or Early Childhood classroom. Following lunch, the children under the age of five have a rest time.
During the hours from 3:00 – 6:00, the children in the Extended Day program enjoy a variety of activities including yoga, cooking, and arts and crafts. Puppets, blocks, games and dress-up areas encourage imaginative play and social interaction among the children. The afternoon hours always include outside playtime (weather permitting). Snack is provided both in the early morning hours and in the afternoon.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
– Fred Rogers
Studies have shown that teaching a second language to children at an early age greatly improves their chances of achieving fluency and a native-like accent. Our Spanish teachers are native Spanish speakers and have extensive Montessori experience.
In the Early Childhood Program, the children at MCHL attend Spanish class once a week. Spanish is learned through games, puzzles, songs, stories, puppets, and books. The curriculum includes numbers (1 to 20), colors, farm animals, holiday celebrations and family, parts of the body, clothing, food (especially fruits and veggies), shapes, seasons, and favorite places.
In the Kindergarten Program, the children attend Spanish class twice a week. By this time, the children’s vocabulary has advanced enough that grammar and phonetics are introduced to them. The children create their own books, learn to play board games in Spanish, and make projects to take home.
In addition to our small group Spanish classes, MCHL offers parents the option to enroll their children in a Spanish/English bilingual education program. Our lead teacher is a certified Montessori teacher with over 17 years of preschool experience. The assistant teacher is also a native Spanish speaker who has taught in a Montessori environment for years. The children are introduced to the Spanish language by conversation, songs, and frequent vocabulary repetition on a daily basis. The children are always encouraged to respond to the teachers in Spanish. The children do daily calendar activities in Spanish and instructions are given in Spanish with as little translation as possible. Singing songs is one of the best ways for children to have fun while learning a language and is a regular part of the school day.
Lessons such as language, math, sensorial, and geography are given in English. The lessons are presented in English to ensure the children understand the lessons while maximizing their ability to be successful in their work. This combination of English/Spanish has been well received and the children leave MCHL with a firm foundation of a second language.
MCHL offers a Mandarin class twice a week. Each class is one hour long and is only offered to students enrolled in our Early childhood program. Xiao (Lisa) Li is the instructor and she taught young children for six years at the Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School prior to joining the MCHL staff in 2017. She is also on the staff at the American Weekend Chinese School in Herndon. Lessons, songs, and stories are given initially in English and then repeated in Mandarin. The children are exposed to both languages in an informal, conversational way that is natural for language development.
The weekly computer class ensures that all kindergarten students are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills for using a laptop. The curriculum gives the children opportunities to gain experience and confidence as they learn to navigate with a mouse. Students are introduced to the basic parts of the computer and learn technology-related vocabulary. They practice the proper use of the keyboard and the mouse. Furthermore, our kindergarteners can connect technology to classroom learning and extend their knowledge of the Montessori curriculum . Educational software reinforces and enriches the student’s understanding of concepts in language, math, science and cultural studies. Finally, by using word processing programs, the children can enhance their budding creative writing skills by writing a simple sentence and creating an image to go with it.
MOTHER'S MORNING OUT
Ages 18 months to 3 years
June 19, 2018 – June 6, 2019
The Mother’s Morning Out program at MCHL is designed for families who are interested in one to three mornings a week of child care. It is offered from 9:00 to 11:30 Tuesday and Thursday and is taught by members of the MCHL staff. The morning includes story time, songs, finger plays, art and free play time with a wide variety of toys. A mid-morning snack is offered and, weather permitting, playground time.
Space is limited to ten children so advance registration is recommended.
The Mother’s Morning Out program is designed for children ages 18 months to 3 years.