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The Montessori Children’s House of York, Inc.

3417 East Market St.

York, PA 17402


Email: montessoriyork@gmail.com

Phone: (717) 757-1331
Fax: (717) 757-4133

The Montessori Children’s House of York, Inc., established in 1977, is a private non-profit academic school. The staff is carefully chosen, is well qualified and works professionally to support the children during this important phase of their development.

It is important that the parents be familiar with, and committed to, the Montessori method, since it is normally expected that all children enrolled in The Montessori Children’s House of York, will continue for at least three years and that there be continuous cooperation between the Children’s House and the home.

We have two levels: primary and elementary. The primary level is for children ages 2 1⁄2 to 6. The elementary level is for children ages 6 to 12.

In the primary, children work in four main areas:

The Practical Life area has lessons on care of the self, care of the environment, and grace and courtesy. Children learn to be independent in spirit and refined in motor skills and processes.

The Sensorial area has lessons that focus on the qualities objects possess such as color, form, weight, and pitch. With the manipulation of materials, children learn about the qualities and apply the corresponding language such as yellow, broad, heavy, and high. They also learn to seriate objects and qualities, a skill required for language and mathematics.

The Language area has lessons that train the children for a rich spoken language, the ability to write and read, and extensions that begin the development of scientific, musical, and geographical concepts.

The Mathematics area has materials that facilitate the understanding of the decimal system and the four main operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It includes the study of measurement and fractions.

Rather than pulling children into specialized classes for music, art, and physical education, these are integrated into the learning environment. The materials are part of the students’ day-to-day education.

The elementary prepared environment, for children ages 6 to 12, builds on the foundation of lessons learned in the primary classroom. Children at the elementary level (often called junior) work in four main areas:

The Language area has lessons on the history of language; grammar and parsing of sentences; word study; varied forms of writing such as essays, creative writing, poetry, research; interpretive and analytical reading of fiction and non-fiction; calligraphy; debating; theater; and book making,

The Mathematics area has lessons on the four operations of math using whole numbers, fractions, decimal fractions, and calculating in different bases. They include the study of logic, measurement, and the laws of the functions of number such as the commutative and distributive laws. There is work with squaring, cubing, square root, and cube root. The children study applied mathematics regularly during the entire experience in the elementary.

The Geometry area is extensive. The children begin with naming and defining two and three-dimensional figures. They study equivalence, similarity, and congruence. Area and volume are studied with the children deriving the formulae needed. They study the history of geometry and the theorems of Pythagoras and Euclid.

The Cultural Subjects area has lessons in Geography, History, and Biology. Geography includes composition of the universe, geology, physical geography, political geography, and economic geography. History includes anthropology, music history, art history, and the history of humans from their beginning to the present. There is a focus on timelines and fundamental needs of humans. The Biology area has lessons based on the five kingdoms, cell structure, and human body studies from the advent of life on earth to the present.

The children work together to perform and document scientific experiments, write research reports, prepare timelines, and analyze data. Rather than pulling children into specialized classes for music, art, and physical education, these are integrated into the learning environment. The materials are part of the students’ day-to-day education.

 

Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.
-Dr. Maria Montessori