This program is for children ages 3 – 6. It offers a multi-aged grouping of children, under the direction of an AMI trained Montessori guide and a fully qualified assistant teacher. The mixed age grouping allows for a home-like atmosphere as well as positive interactions between older and younger children. Younger children are motivated to move ahead by watching their older classmates and older children have the opportunity to reinforce their knowledge by helping the younger children.
The children are introduced to lessons that are developmentally appropriate, appealing and challenging. Within the structure of the classroom, they are allowed the freedom to explore the prepared environment, choose suitable didactic materials for their use and practice lessons that the guide has presented. Lessons are given in the following areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language and Mathematics. Concepts are introduced by the guide and reinforced through the repeated use and manipulation of Montessori materials.
Each year students participate in various projects that benefit the community. During the Christmas season we join the City of Hollister in providing a decorated tree for a needy family. Ornaments are hand made by both Primary and Elementary children and displayed on a Christmas before being given away.
Along with station KSBW in Salinas, Hollister Montessori School collects toys, food, blankets and clothing to give to the Salvation Army for use in their programs.
In past years the Elementary class has collected toiletries and paper products (Kleenex, napkins, toilet tissue) for use at the local Homeless Shelter. Sorting and delivering the products was a wonderful experience.
The Primary class has the opportunity to take part in a weekly dance class. This program, although it takes place during the school day, is optional and requires an additional fee. The children learn beginning dance including jazz, ballet, movement and rhythm. Emphasis is on having fun in a nurturing environment. Twice a year children participate in a recital for the parents.