Students are taught to appreciate the plant cycle, develop a basic understanding of an ecosystem, care for the environment, and recognize where their food sources come from by examining seeds, playing in the dirt, studying birds and bees, and planting flowers and herbs. Fresh herbs grown in our Green Thumb program are used in our Le Petit Chef classes, which helps our students to learn about “farm to table.” Gardening offers a vibrant, hands-on learning experience that thoughtfully enhances the classroom curriculum.
The Community Montessori School incorporates a variety of afternoon enrichment programs to broaden the educational experience of each child. These programs often incorporate our local community.
Le Petit Chef
In our "Le Petit Chef" class, we aim to teach our children basic cooking techniques and the importance of using fresh ingredients in cooking to get them excited about making good food. This program reinforces practical life, math, and science skills and emphasizes hands-on participation. Foods that are baked are served for afternoon snack and students are proud to share the ‘fruits’ of their labor with their classmates. All our cooking is nut-free, and special accommodations are made for children with other food allergies.
At CMS, art projects are inspired by different artists, nature, and themes that correlate to our monthly curriculum. Students learn how to draw and paint by using basic shapes to build their artwork and work with different materials, including paint, pencils, papier-mâché, tissue paper, scissors, leaves, and flowers to develop fine motor skills and improve their visual learning skills in a creative way. They are given step by step instructions to ensure that they create a successful piece of art.
Throughout the year, our students participate in several celebrations, including Halloween, Diwali, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chinese New Year, International Festival, and a Spring Tea Party. These events are a way to celebrate our diverse community and expose our students to different traditions and social settings. They are some of the most beloved days of the year!
Movement & Mindfulness
Mindful Child Yoga
Languages and Cultures
Lessons are taught through Global Premier Soccer all year round and weather permitting, on the Natick Common. Our coach, Kai Pelchen, graduated from the Sport Management program at Husson University. He teaches the fundamentals of soccer using an energetic, fun and creative curriculum that has been tailored for preschoolers. This curriculum facilitates the development of motor and coordination skills, cooperative play and team building spirit.
At CMS, we believe that students need to be exposed to other languages and cultures at an early age. Our students receive daily multi-cultural lessons, often in the form of games, songs and books. This international curriculum corresponds with the themes of our monthly calendar. We are currently in the process of offering more structured afternoon language classes taught by natives. These classes will include basic vocabulary, songs, traditional dance, art and culinary exploration.
Desirée Reese Mottard holds a degree in Holistic Psychology, and a Certificate in Mindfulness Studies, from Lesley University, in Cambridge. She is certified in Journey Dance and specializes in both private and group dance/movement classes of various forms. She was a professional ballet dancer for 15 years and taught ballet at The Brookline Ballet School in Brookline, MA for over 10 years. All of these interests and skills, as well as her on-going passion for healthy and balanced living, have come together to form a unique and powerful program that will enliven the soul, sharpen the mind, and move the body.
This class has been designed to introduce basic mindfulness meditation practices in an accessible way allowing children to quickly grasp the concepts and immediately put them into practice. Along with practicing mindfulness techniques, the class is also structured around physical movement to encourage free expression and enhance the mind body connection. We use world music, classical music and some children's music to bring out the inner dancer within each child. This class is designed to build the students confidence, develop physical strength, and explore what it means to be mindful. They will experience growth and development through the power of Movement & Mindfulness!
Rebecca Negron is the owner and operator of The Mindful Child, LLC. Her business aims to provide children and families with the highest quality early childhood yoga and mindful educational experiences.
Becky obtained her Master’s Degree in Moderate Special Needs from Simmons College in 2008. She graduated at the top of her class, receiving the Mary Carlyle Holmes Book Award for excellence in the field of Special Education. As a licensed educator in the state of Massachusetts Becky has acquired more than ten years of teaching experience,
Ample work in teaching Special Education programs has cultivated in Becky a set of critical skills for working with young children that, coupled with her innate patient and kind demeanor, lend itself to an extraordinary learning experience.
Becky received her certification as a Children’s Yoga Instructor, through ChildLight Yoga, which is owned and operated by the founder of Yoga 4 Classrooms.
Becky views children as whole humans who are entitled to the same level of love, dignity, and respect as their adult counterparts. The mother of two young children herself, she is passionate about yoga, mindfulness, and early childhood education. In creating The Mindful Child, Becky aims to help children love themselves and lead heart-centered lives with pride and courage.