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Cylinder blocks I - IVHow We Assess: At Albemarle Montessori Children’s Community, we assess each child individually, based on his or her unique character and capabilities. The lead guide observes your child on a daily basis, looking at physical health, emotional well-being, social interactions, and academic progress. The director will also observe your child on a regular basis. Our staff creates extensive records, and you will find that your child’s lead guide will know and understand your child. An older child will have language and math work to bring home regularly so you can see his or her progress. All outcomes are unique to your child.

How You Learn About Your Child’s Progress: We understand that your child is the most important part of your life, and you have entrusted this precious part to our care. We want to make sure you feel safe and confident when your small child is with us. In our Children’s Community, there will be a brief weekly report provided to parents along with a portfolio of completed work done by your child. There will also be a formal progress report on your child at the end of each quarter. You are also welcome to communicate with your child’s lead guide about any questions or concerns you may have. The director is also available to answer any general questions or concerns.

Community Academic Outcomes 

Child w/color box #1The strength of Montessori education is that it adapts to the learning style and needs of every particular child. Consequently, it is impossible to say how much progress your child will make throughout his or her time at AMCC; however, we feel confident that most children will achieve the following academic milestones and outcomes at the end of the three-year Community cycle. These accomplishments are impressions, solidified through repetition and progress towards abstraction. This work will make it much easier for your child to understand these academic concepts when they are reintroduced in elementary school.

Language (in addition to the English Standards of Learning for Virginia)

  • The ability to read and write in cursive and block letters
  • An impression of different parts of speech, beginning with nouns, articles and adjectives. Some will be introduced to prepositions, conjunctions, adverbs, and verbs.
  • The structure of sentences

Math (in addition to the Mathematics Standards of Learning for Virginia)

  • Counting and writing numbers from 0 to 10,000
  • Understanding of the Decimal System and how it works
  • The concept of zero as an empty set
  • The four static operations of addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division; some will also understand the concept of dynamic addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division
  • The names and shapes of plane and three-dimensional geometric figures

Cultural Activities (in addition to the History & Social Sciences Standards of Learning for Virginia)

  • Knowledge about every continent as well as the names of many countries on each continent
  • An understanding of various cultures around the world and their heritages
  • An introduction to a foreign language
  • An exposure to different genres of art and music
  • An introduction to music theory and how to use various media for art and expression

Science (in addition to the Science Standards of Learning for Virginia)

  • An understanding of the parts of plants and animals
  • How to take care of plants and animals
  • A basic introduction to physical science through exposure to the workings of physical properties, magnetism, osmosis, viscosity, and other principles of physical law
  • A basic introduction to earth science through botany and zoology

Other Academic Skills

  • Intrinsic Motivation – develop the habit to do something that needs to be done but without being told to do so as well as challenge oneself to improve oneself
  • Critical Thinking Skills – the ability to question for deeper understanding, think independently (to think “outside the box”), and apply knowledge learned to solve new challenges
  • Learn for the Sake of Learning – making learning a lifelong passion
  • Understand the Process of Learning – understand the process behind the acquisition of knowledge, not just the knowledge itself (not only “what I’ve learned, but how I learned it”).
  • Integrated Knowledge – acquire new knowledge more profoundly because it is learned not as part of a group of facts but by the synthesis of new knowledge with that which is already known.

Social & Emotional Outcomes

Three Happy ChildrenA Montessori education from Albemarle Montessori Children’s Community is much, much more than academic. Research has shown that Montessori children have high emotional/social intelligence and the skills necessary to succeed in a twenty-first century world. The following skills and attributes can be found in the children who attend a Montessori program of high quality such as our Albemarle Montessori Children’s Community. These outcomes are detrimental to a child’s growth.

  • Self-Control and Setting Limits – allow the child to make appropriate choices, learn to share, compromise, and understand the natural consequences of one’s actions
  • Empathy – feel others’ concerns, understand their views, and be responsive to others
  • Understand and Appreciate Diversity – observe the richness diversity offers, which leads to respect for others
  • Intrinsic Understanding of Right and Wrong – a moral compass through constructive social interaction
  • Ability to Work Independently – create one’s own schedule/plan and follow it accordingly
  • Work Collaboratively – the ability to work cooperatively and effectively within groups as well as the ability to communicate effectively with people of all ages
  • Leadership Skills – the ability to build a consensus and provide guidance to a group
  • Understand Oneself – develop greater self-confidence and self-assurance.  Through works and interactions with others, one learns to appreciate oneself.

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