The future lies within us.
|As you enter a classroom at Centennial, you are likely to feel an inspired
peace as children as young as three bustle about their work. While a four
year old works on the decimal system materials, a three year old diligently
polishes a glass mirror, and a five year old shares a glass of freshly
squeezed orange juice with a friend. In another corner a teacher has
gathered a small group to sing songs and nearby a young child rushes to
help an older child with a spill. Outside a few children explore the
concept of sinking and floating complete with guesses and giggles and
others paint with giant swirls of color.
At Centennial, all of this work is important because it is through activity that the child becomes the
individual he is striving to be. It is our job as educators to observe and
assist the child in the creation of that unique self. Our teachers work
quietly first to watch for moments of inspiration and then to gently direct
the child to activities that will allow that natural spark of interest to
blossom. To that end, the cornerstones of our program are:
- Child Centered Approach: proven AMI Montessori
philosophy which honors the natural curiosity and passion in every child.
- Highly Trained head teachers hold an AMI
degree in the appropriate program age and teacher assistants are fully bilingual
and have general early childhood training. Continuing education is considered
- World Language Exposure: exposure to a second language has
proven cognitive as well as educational and social benefits beyond the
specific language learned.
- Community Participation Program: Even our youngest children contribute both in the
classroom community as well as in the larger community. This giving of self to
others is crucial in developing the whole child.
- Summer Program