About our School
Did you know that CMCH has become a Destination Preschool in Atlanta? Moms and Dads are traveling from Alpharetta, Cobb, Dunwoody, Intown and Sandy Springs to bring their children to CMCH. We encourage you to find out WHY? CMCH is a licensed and accredited Jewish Montessori Preschool that provides quality education to children ages 18 months through 6 years (kindergarten). Two words that describe our school are INTIMATE and PROGRESSIVE. Take a moment to read about the mystery and intrigue of a Montessori classroom.
What is different about a Jewish Montessori classroom?
A classroom using the Montessori Method is a very busy place. It is also quieter than a traditional classroom. Because children choose their own activities, they remain interested and engaged in what they are learning and doing. A Montessori-certified teacher and a Judaic-trained teacher are always close by, observing and preparing to help with the next lesson or question. A Montessori classroom is also a very clean and tidy place. Children treat their materials with care and put them in their proper place once they have completed their work.
The features of the classroom helps to promote the following areas of child growth and education:
The practical Life area develops the child’s sense of order, concentration, coordination and independence. In fact, many of the materials so common in nursery schools, such as dressing frames or pouring and sorting exercises began as Practical Life materials in Montessori classrooms. Cooking and baking are an integral part of our Practical Life activities, and we designed a kids’ kitchen to allow children to work at their own level and in their own space.
The Montessori cultural materials introduce the child to a world of wonder. Science, history, geography, world cultures and more are included in the global vision of the Montessori classroom. The concrete experiences with the artifacts of other cultures enhance the children’s understanding of the world around them. Through these materials, they develop a sense of responsibility for their world and for life around it.
There cannot be too much emphasis placed on the sensorial activities done in the classroom. We are aware as early childhood educators that the young mind needs concrete sensorial experiences in order for the brain to discriminate. Specially designed materials are provided in our classrooms to help this process. Children are able to isolate the use of each sense, and in doing so, enhance its development. Because the materials are designed to be self-correcting, the child is able to discover independently the qualities of the world. The sensorial materials enhance the tactile, visual, gustatory, auditory and olfactory skills of the child.
The child is provided concrete mathematical materials ranging from simple experience with quantities to advanced geometric and algebraic equations. After much practice, the child attains a meaningful knowledge of concrete numbers. A very young child is then able to work with four digit numbers at a manipulative level. preparing for an understanding of the decimal system. The child does not learn these concepts by rote but rather through the real experiences with concrete materials which develop genuine comprehension. It is not surprising, then, to see children in a pre-primary classroom performing multi-digit multiplication and division with accuracy.
Language development is introduced in many ways in the Montessori classroom. The child is encouraged toward self-expression individually and in group activities. As the child gains sensorial experiences, language is provided to expand the child’s vocabulary and precision. Phonetic language exercises build the child’s understanding of word building and composition, ranging from the simple sounds of the individual letters through sentence work and book reading. Throughout the Montessori classroom, the language materials provide concrete experiences with each element of language: written, spoken, and read.
Art and Music
Painting and drawing should be freely available in a Montessori school, but children are less likely to take part in large group craft activities heavily planned by the teacher. Music sessions include performing, dancing, singing, and experimenting often with unusual instruments from a variety of cultures.
The earth, trees, butterflies and all of nature are a big component in a preschooler’s life. Children develop gross motor skills as they climb, jump and swing and social skills as they take turns on equipment and play hide and seek. CMCH believes strongly that children should be in touch with the substance of their world.
Children aren’t born with an innate knowledge of why we shake hands, or kiss, or rub noses depending on our culture, and in the Montessori classroom they learn appropriate greetings. As they become aware of other cultures they are engaged to celebrate differences and value them equally. During circle time children are shown how to move quietly and carefully around the classroom, push in chairs, wait patiently before politely gaining someone’s attention and are reminded how important it is to allow others to work undisturbed. These ground rules in the classroom give every child total security. Children also learn to notice if somebody needs help and that nobody is too small to be useful.