Montessori Programs

Handprints

Students in preschool through grade six use the incredible Montessori materials in their learning.
In a warm and caring environment WHS encourages a high quality of work, thought, mastery of
content and skill. Students are able to progress at their optimal pace. WHS is dedicated to teaching
children the learning skills necessary for success in life including a love of work, the ability to
concentrate and self-discipline.

Preschool Curriculum and Program

Preschoolers

Wider Horizons Preschool classrooms follow the Montessori tradition in a multi- aged group of
children age three through five. The preschool classrooms are large, with many windows for natural
light. There are two bathrooms in each classroom. There are two sinks and a drinking fountain.
The room is edged with low shelving units that house a myriad of materials for the children to use
during the work periods. The specific areas of the classroom are: practical life, language, math,
sensorial, cultural studies including science, geography, history, music and art.

Circle time is a class gathering to sing, welcome a new student, listen to a story, watch a
presentation of new material, have a lesson, observe a science experiment, participate in cooking
or play some games.

The classroom is organized around the principles of success building self-competence in the
children. The materials are created to help the children achieve success when using them. This
is a respectful environment between teacher and student as well as towards the classroom materials.

Superimposed upon the daily work activities is a unit of study that usually lasts from a week to a
month. Some of the topics studied are animals of land and sea, birds, the seashore, insects, holidays,
the farm, trees and plants, other cultures and many other topics. Children are involved in active learning
activities.

Primary

Primary level includes kindergarten and first grade. Students continue their learning depending
on their level of proficiency. If they are already reading they continue to improve. If they need to
learn the phonetic sounds and the alphabet that is where they begin. Students advance as quickly as
they master the material.

The math facts are memorized in addition and multiplication. The children are proud of their
accomplishments in math and are excited about learning the more complex operations in math.

Spanish language is continued and Mandarin Chinese is introduced. A formal music class is held
once a week but singing goes on everyday. Art is a part of the daily activities in science, culture
studies or preparing for a particular holiday.

Primary students take part in the Biography and Science Fairs as well as World Culture Day.

Lower Elementary

Lower Elementary

Grades 2 and 3 make up the Lower Elementary class. Students once again are evaluated at the
beginning of each year to determine their level of competence. The lower elementary students are
expected to master the usual math operations and can move on as they master each one. Students
focus on improving their reading proficiency, comprehension and spelling. They begin grammar and
composition writing. Students enjoy culture studies in science, history, geography and Spanish
language. Art, music, computer keyboarding and physical education make up the rest of their day.

Upper Elementary

Upper Elementary

Upper elementary education includes the fourth through sixth grades. Students begin to use
comprehensive textbooks in math and civics. The focus in these grades continues to be math,
language arts: reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and spelling. Science, geography and history
become more intensive as well. As they move up in the upper elementary grades the transition to
college preparatory becomes more evident. Students begin to take history tests in 5th and 6th grades.
Students are expected to write original stories on the computer and continue with keyboarding until
they are proficient. Physical education class is daily. Spanish language instruction continues. Art and
music class is weekly.