Preschool and Kindergarten
Metro East Montessori School has two Primary classrooms with children (2 ½ through 6 years) doing individual work in a number of areas.
Practical Life exercises teach the children how to care for themselves, others, and the environment. They learn to work at a task from beginning to end and develop their powers of control and concentration.
Sensorial Materials serve as tools for development. Children build cognitive skills and learn to order and classify impressions by touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, listening, and exploring the physical properties of their environment.
Language Development is an ongoing process in the Montessori setting. Conversations with peers and teachers, along with story and poetry readings, contribute to a rich oral language environment and help improve reading skills.
Geography, Biology, Botany, Zoology, Art, and Music are presented as extensions of sensorial and language activities.
Mathematic skills are developed using sensorial materials. The work gives children a solid grounding in mathematical principles, prepares them for later abstract reasoning, and helps them develop problem-solving skills.
Field trips for Extended Day students may include trips to the Apple Farm, Kinder Konzerts at Powell Symphony Hall, Storytelling Festival in St. Louis, St. Louis Zoo and Botanical Gardens.