ART, FRENCH and COMPUTER classes are part of the Montessori Curriculum and occur throughout your child's regularly scheduled academic day.
All children will attend our art class, once a week. The children love to visit the art room and work in small groups to create their own masterpieces. Projects may be seasonal or related to our monthly themes and areas of study.
As a part of our educational program we are pleased to offer French, which will be presented to the children over the age of 4, twice weekly. (Enrollment in the french class is based on age, space available at enrollment date, and english language competency, and is at the discretion of the teacher). The main emphasis of this teaching will be on pronunciation and vocabulary development of objects in the child's environment, as well as learning about the history and people of France.
There are several reasons why we are incorporating French into our curriculum. The first is that between the ages of 3 and 6, children naturally and effortlessly absorb language. At this time in their lives, children are able to reproduce the accent and pronunciation of different languages.
To help introduce our students to the technology of today's world, The Bethesda Montessori School offers computer instruction once a week to children between the ages of 4.5 and 6 who are enrolled in transition 2 or kindergarten. (Enrollment in our computer class is based on age and space available at date of enrollment, and is a the discretion of the teacher). Emphasis on computer instruction at this age level centers around learning the basic functions of the hardware components of the computer as well as computer terminology.
Through the use of educational software, children have a hands-on opportunity to learn the functions of the keyboard, mouse and printer while learning and reinforcing skills in language and math.
By exposing children to the world of computers, we hope to generate an understanding and interest in this important technology.
Optional 'After School Activities'
In addition to our large and wonderful playground, which the children visit numerous times throughout the day, BMS works with several outside vendors to provide exciting 'after school activities' for all children. These special sessions are optional (and at an additional cost of approximately $12 to $15 per class) and take place on our campus, from 3-4pm each day of the week. BMS has worked with our vendors for many years, to provide a safe, yet challenging environment for your child. Registration for these classes begins during the second week of school. For example, you may choose to enroll your child in music class, which may take place every Tuesday, from 3-4pm during the winter/spring semester.
Activities in a particular semester may include: JumpBunch body movement, Tae Kwon Do provided by TK Martial Arts, Jumba dance and mobility, Italian language lessons, Mr. George Oakley's Music, Kids Yoga with Coach Laura, or Soccer with Coach Neill, to name a few.
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