The Montessori classrooms at Oak Hill Montessori are taught by AMI Montessori-trained teachers who provide fundamental subject information and guidance to allow students to embark on their own exploration and discovery of subjects of interest. To help in these endeavors, Oak Hill Montessori also provides additional opportunities in several curriculum areas. These subjects, which co-ordinate with our Montessori curriculum, are taught by specialists in their fields who meet with students during scheduled sessions or for special projects and residencies.
For children, music is an innate joy that offers a unique way for them to experience the world around them. It reaches the perceptual, intellectual, cultural, emotional and spiritual dimensions of their lives. It promotes creativity, thinking and joy. The Music Curriculum at Oak Hill Montessori provides a complete, balanced and sequential music education. We strive to develop musically literate children who have an appreciation for beauty and the arts through the love and enjoyment of music. We hope to instill a life-long desire to seek out music in our students' lives.
The musical goal for the children at this age is to repetitively expose them to concepts of steady beat and the tonalities of the major scale, provide opportunities for them to explore and compare various types of sound and introduce them to many of the instruments that they will study in more depth later in their Oak Hill Montessori education. Oak Hill Montessori Music Specialist visits the classroom twice a week providing a variety of songs, rhymes, games and instruments through which they develop their musical skills.
The Spanish program at Oak Hill Montessori aims to integrate the Spanish language and culture throughout the environment. We focus less on the teaching of grammar and more on the development of listening and speaking skills and on cultural awareness. Students acquire the language through careful listening and repetition, achieved by visuals, games, songs, storytelling and physical activities.
- Children have fun learning songs, finger plays and rhymes in Spanish
- Children are encouraged to participate by listening and repeating the Spanish words
- Movement activities help children associate their experiences in class to new vocabulary, pronunciation and expressions
The goal is for the ear to get used to the "sound" of Spanish. The children are training their ears to the Spanish language, especially in the younger classrooms. By the time the children reach Junior High, their brains are ready to acquire the language in a more formal study.
It is not expected that all children will become bilingual, or even fluent speakers. Rather, early exposure to another language creates a facility for understanding and speaking it, as well as greater ease in later study. It also creates an early consciousness of culture.
Our teacher, Gema Nelson, has studied several successful Spanish programs at Montessori schools across the nation and works with the Oak Hill staff to design and implement the Spanish program here. Her goal is to find the most appropriate and effective way to integrate Spanish into the Montessori curriculum. Gema teaches our Toddler through Lower Elementary students.