French classes, taught by Ms. Oana, are available for children in the Primary Class and held once a week as part of enrichment hour. In the toddler community, basic French vocabulary, stories and songs are incorporated as part of the daily group activities. The primary goal in a foreign language program is to develop listening and conversation skills, vocabulary, the ability to understand basic written information in the second language, and an appreciation for the culture of the countries where the language is spoken. The French teacher reads, sings, uses art, games, cooking, cultural activities, and other related lessons in the development of conversational French with the children. She will focus on themes such as animals, colors, food and family holiday celebrations. The children are encouraged to speak French and participate as much as possible to gain confidence and achieve success. Early exposure to other languages creates a facility for understanding and speaking, as well as greater ease in later study. It also creates an early awareness of different cultures.
Music is a vital link for all future learning and is included in the tuition costs for both the Toddler and Primary classes. Children develop in language, listening, sensory-motor, and social skills through singing, moving, playing instruments, and listening activities! Music activities in the early years also form a foundation upon which future music learning and enjoyment is built. All children spend time daily singing and exploring music as part of the Montessori curriculum.
In addition, Ms. Julie, our toddler teacher and Musikgarten teacher, will be teaching The Cycle of Seasons, which is a musical celebration of the year for Primary class (ages 3-6) once a week as part of enrichment hour. The central theme of nature is explored through songs, movement, instruments and stories for the children to act out. The Family Music Program for the toddler community nurtures the development of the very young child (15 months-3 years old). This flexible curriculum is developed by leading preschool music professionals, Lorna Heyge and Audrey Sillick, reflecting the latest research in early childhood development and is part of the daily group time in the toddler community.
Cross of Life Christian Montessori School offers a fun and casual yoga class for enrolled students on Fridays during enrichment hour.
We also offer a free ‘Parent & Me’ yoga class to the general public. This class is best suited for children, ages 2 - 6 years, accompanied by a parent (although younger siblings are welcome to attend). We are delighted to partner with Martyne Seidband of Amazen Kids Yoga for this class. 'Parent & Me' yoga is offered the first Friday of every month at 9:30am. Please register for this class here.
We use the yoga asanas as a springboard for exploration of many other areas—animal adaptations and behavior, storytelling, music and playing instruments. The children learn to stretch, breathe deeply, relax and concentrate as they assume the role of animals, trees, flowers and warriors. The children often "enhance" the poses as they bark in the downward dog pose, hiss in the cobra, and meow in cat stretch. Together they weave stories with their bodies and minds in a flow that could only happen in child's play.
Yoga perfectly supports the Montessori philosophy as it encourages children to master themselves rather than wait for an adult to control them. Yoga also enhances self-awareness. Children who practice yoga learn early on to tune into their bodies. Self esteem is bolstered as the children gain control over their bodies and minds. Yoga also helps children become stronger, more flexible and coordinated. As children learn yoga they can apply the breathing techniques throughout their life to help them deal more effectively with their emotions and focus during stressful situations. Best of all Yoga is an exercise that parents and children and even grandparents can practice and talk about together. As children participate in yoga with their families, they feel closer to their loved ones.
Please call the school office at 770-475-3812 with any questions. We look forward to seeing you!
Lunch Hour Enrolled Toddlers and Primary children who are not yet in the Afternoon Class may stay for an extra hour to enjoy lunch and enrichment activities, from noon-1:00pm Monday-Friday. Enrichment activities vary by day and include French, Music, Yoga and cultural activities related to our optional hot lunch program, which incorporates kid friendly global cuisines. The cost for 5 day Toddlers and Primary students is per semester. Cost is prorated for 2 and 3 day toddlers, contact the office for your exact rate. The cost of Enrichment Hour does not include hot lunch.