Elementary and Middle School Programs
At Foundations Christian Montessori Academy students are working toward becoming responsible, independent, self-directed, academically successful individuals who are aware of the needs of others. Children are encouraged to deepen their desire for learning and mastering the skills necessary to discover knowledge on their own. The fine arts learning environment uses hands-on materials, peer educating, and creative instruction to meet each child’s interest, and ability. Children who work at their own rate, will excel at their own pace, often above level. Low student-educator ratio ensures monumental learning.
“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”
The Learning Environments
Our learning environments present our children with the opportunities to explore, develop self-discipline, and allow freedom of movement. This carefully prepared environment aides the development of these six developmental levels shared by all children.
Exploration: Children possess an innate desire to explore. Their first efforts are to conquer their home environment, then they reach out to the community and the world around them. The Elementary learning environments at Foundations Academies allow this kind of creative exploration through age appropriate hands on activities, all of which have been developed for ample opportunities for investigation.
Orientation: The child’s need for order is fostered by planning predictable routines throughout the day. Our materials follow a careful order of sequence within each subject area. Our learning environments help promote calm, orderly independent learning and exploration.
Imagination: The child’s imagination is allowed to run free throughout the vast scope of our curriculum. We begin with the big picture and then present diverse avenues for them to explore subjects that encapsulate their imagination.
Repetition: Our learning environments are equipped with materials that allow children a concrete representation of the subject matter. The manipulation and repetition of these materials allows these discoveries to become their back ground of knowledge. Children are allowed ample time throughout the day to work with these materials at their own pace. They may use these materials for as long as they hold their interest.
Precision: Children have a natural drive for precision and perfection. If we allow them to imagine solutions they can then explore and try them. This allows them to try a variety of solutions in a controlled environment. If these become successes, children learn to use them to solve real life challenges.
Communications: Finally communications through language permits a cooperation amongst members of a society. Our children learn to cooperate with others, learn the wisdom of the past and make their contributions to humanity.
A Child’s work leads to a sense of discovery. This feeling of worth from purposeful activities in the same feeling adults experience a sense of accomplishment when they do their jobs and do their “work.” This delight in learning and sense of worth are of equal importance to the actual work performed by adults.
Characteristics of children ages 6-9
1. The reasoning mind is very important.
2. For every answer the children have a question, “Why?”
3. By the time they reach the Second Plane, the child achieves a certain degree of independence and will continue to strive for more independence.
4. Exploration is another characteristic of this age level and often the child wants to go beyond the usual expectation for their age level.
5. The child often turns outward to the broader society and the world beyond herself.
6. Friends become increasingly important to children at this age.
7. The children sometimes create secret languages.
8. The child often becomes more adventurous and daring.
9. Some children become “untidy” with personal belongings.
10. During this stage of development, the children’s conscious becomes “keener”; they develop better ideas of right and wrong, and they often seem to have a better understanding of rules and regulations.
11. The hero worship is characteristic of this stage.
12. They can have enormous potential of intellect and power of imagination in this stage.
Foundations Christian Montessori Academy uses Montessori curriculum as well as innovated curriculum published by BJU Press for Kindergarten through Eighth grade classes. Core curriculum subjects for each grade level include: Bible, Math, Language/Phonics, Spelling, Science, Social Studies, Reading, Handwriting, and Spanish. Students also attend weekly chapel assemblies and participate in fun and exciting special monthly activities.
In addition to the unique academic culture at Foundations Christian Montessori Academy, students experience the performing arts in a wide variety of classes. Fine arts students receive instruction in general music and theory, voice, instruments, and musical theatre, which includes voice, dance, acting, costuming, make-up, set design, visual art and more.
Foundations Christian Montessori Academy uses NWEA MAP testing for all kindergarten – eighth grade students. This unique adaptive testing platform wins the 2016 Award of Excellence from Tech & Learning!
Foundations Christian Montessori Academy is pleased to offer the Florida Step Up For Students tax scholarship program for the upcoming school year. To enroll your child for this scholarship opportunity, visit www.stepupforstudents.org today!