During the primary years, children have an incredible gift for rapid language acquisition. The Montessori Method takes full advantage of this developmental window by promoting the use of phonics, learning to write before learning to read (encoding before decoding), and emphasizing whole language. Throughout the school day, students are exposed to language through reading, writing, word study, the function of words, interpretive reading, and speaking throughout the school day. At CMS, students learn to read and write through hands-on activities such as the moveable alphabet, sandpaper letters, and metal insets.
Montessori sensorial activities are meant to develop all five senses: sight, taste, touch, hearing, and smell. Children use specific materials that have a “control of error,” meaning that the child can check to see if they completed the task correctly without needing to seek a teacher’s assistance. These activities help children become more independent, perceptive, and aware of their environment.
Practical Life Skills
Practical life skills are the backbone of our primary program. Children learn to accomplish tasks such as washing dishes, pouring water, cutting flowers, clearing the tables, sweeping the floors, tying shoelaces, buttoning and zippering, and sewing buttons. Practical life skills help children develop their fine motor skills, learn independence, foster social graces, and take care of their school environment.
Using sensorial materials, math is taught as a concrete methodology and not an abstract concept. The Montessori math materials provide students with a solid foundation of basic mathematical concepts. With its sensorial, hands-on approach, students use Golden Beads to understand number quantities, while exposing students to the decimal system, the categories of unit, ten, hundred, thousand, and the multiplication tables.
Founded in 2010, the Community Montessori School’s goal is to make a Montessori education accessible and affordable for Natick families by providing an intellectually stimulating program for preschoolers with flexible hours for busy parents. At the Community Montessori School, we are a community in every sense of the word. Our students learn to work together in an environment where teachers are their guides. We seek to develop strong relationships between our teachers, students, and their families. Our children and their families come from all around the world. We celebrate the diversity of our students and want our students to leave CMS
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with an understanding of the importance of the larger international community. Community Montessori School students are immersed in other languages through our daily French and Mandarin lessons. Our location within the Common Street Church is purposeful: it connects us to different faiths, non-profits, and other organizations that serve as a backbone to the greater Natick community. We utilize our location in Natick Center by bringing our students on trips to the library, post office, fire department, and police station so they can develop a strong bond to their town. Also, the Natick Common is our backyard; it is a place where our students can explore, create, and discover outdoors while feeling connected to the heart of Natick.
At the Community Montessori School, our primary program (also referred to as Children’s House) focuses on skill development in the following areas: