Our language program, from Kindergarten, teaches language skills using Montessori materials that engage the student and spark their desire to read and express themselves in written form. Supplemental textbooks and workbooks are used to enhance the Montessori components of the curriculum. Instruction in the primary grades emphasizes phonics, grammar, vocabulary and comprehension. Monarch has a reputation for having students that read well above their grade level. Our students read with enjoyment and with the utmost confidence. Students enjoy the freedom of expression in the Creative Writing component which is a regular and essential part of our Language Arts curriculum. Daily oral reading in small groups with the teacher build good confidence and provide training in reading accuracy and meaningful expression. Writing instruction and assignments are integrated into the reading, history, and science curriculum. The library and computer instruction support classroom lessons.
Utilizing hands-on Montessori materials, the mathematics curriculum builds in our students a solid foundation of core skills and enables them to become logical problem solvers. Our goal is to develop sharp, mathematical thinkers who can compute, problem solve and think flexibly. Skills build from level to level, operations and computation, measurement and geometry, patterns and relationships, reasoning and data analysis. Concepts are taught from concrete to abstract levels with Montessori manipulatives, and supplemented with texts, workbooks and technology.
Through teacher-directed class instruction and group activities, students learn to communicate using the language of math. They are able to show logical steps in their written work, compare strategies for finding solutions, and develop an understanding of each concept. Previously studied material is systematically reviewed and students are tested to check for retention, speed and accuracy.
Our Science program is designed to promote scientific knowledge of the earth, life, and physical sciences, with a special emphasis on developing critical thinking skills.
In order to stimulate their minds and curiosity, as well as to prove the basic concepts of various disciplines in science, the students are given the opportunity to conduct experiments with as many hands-on materials as possible. Students experience fascinating creatures, specimens, and creative lessons that capture the imagination and instill a love of nature. The indoor and outdoor classrooms of our campus against the foothills, allow for authentic experiences that emphasize close observation, experimentation, and application in a natural, aesthetic setting.
As students design and conduct experiments, they practice the processes of observation, data collection, questioning, hypothesizing, and forming conclusions. The program fosters scientific literacy and helps our students become problem solvers and critical thinkers. Science Fair is a highlight of our program for both students and parents. Field trips are a key part of the Science program and they are strategically planned and scheduled with the Science program in mind.
Our curriculum is designed to promote knowledge in American History, World History, and Geography. Students examine diverse societies and times to develop an understanding of the factors that divide nations, and common qualities that connect them. Students critically examine and analyze history as well as learn to detect similarities between current and ancient civilizations. The goals of the program are to have students internalize a passionate fascination with history and enter each new grade ready to learn the next layer of subject matter. The history program provides opportunities for the students to investigate cultural inheritances and their dependence on geography and history. Students also learn how social systems are shaped by the values of interacting groups, the individual, the family and the community.
Students are encouraged to apply problem-solving activities and techniques as well as critical thinking skills to study social issues. Montessori hands-on materials provide good opportunity for the student to quickly master continent, country and state locations.
The curriculum readies each student to move into the more complex studies of world society and history that are presented in junior high and high school.
In music class, students are actively involved in music-making which includes choir, movement, and basic instrument instruction (recorder and hand-bells). The curriculum encourages a creative and expressive response to music. Throughout the year, students learn and perform a variety of musical genres including traditional, folk, patriotic, and holiday songs.
Students are introduced to the “basics of art,” including shapes, color, and texture. The objective is to foster an environment where creativity is nurtured and personal style and expression is encouraged in a positive and fun setting. A variety of techniques are explored including: two and three-dimensional projects, watercolor techniques, blending colors, adding layers, and drawing and sketching techniques using pencil, pastel, and chalk.
Physical activity not only improves fitness levels and overall good health, but is said to enhance academic stamina. Additionally, it provides a venue for students to interact socially outside of the classroom. Students participate in a variety of individual and team activities at least once a day. The goal of the program is to develop a foundation for a lifelong habit of daily physical activity by learning athletic fundamentals, sports skills, and sportsmanship in a joyful, active environment.
Every student in the elementary school will receive guidance and training in basic computer skills. We will focus on the development of keyboard and word processing skills. Classroom teachers will be able to utilize the computer lab to incorporate computers into each of their subject areas.
Our extended day program offers far more than just daycare. We have developed a fun and educational afternoon program to finish off our day. Children will experience arts/crafts, computers, music, sports skills, foreign language classes, as well as homework assistance. We are always looking for new fun and educational activities to supplement our afternoon program.
Students will take the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT) at the end of the school year.