Children's House Programs
33 months-6 years of age
Sunshine Montessori has two Children's House classrooms. Children’s House West is lead by one Montessori Guide and is supported by two Assistants. Together, they work with up to 26 children each day. Children’s House East is lead by one Montessori Guide and is supported by one Assistant. Together, they work with up to 18 children each day.
In the Children’s House, three-, four-, five-, and six-year-olds share the same environment. In this multi-age setting, children learn a great deal from each other. Younger children get a chance to look ahead and see what is coming next by
watching the older children, while older children can reinforce their knowledge by sharing it with younger children. They learn to work with children of different ages and abilities, to respect each other’s work and space, and to treat each other with courtesy. The Children’s House is a nurturing social environment where children learn to cooperate, share, and help others. Discipline comes from within the child and is not externally imposed in the form of rewards and punishments.
Each day, children work in the Children’s House, an environment specifically prepared for them, using materials designed to meet their developmental needs. All furniture is child-sized and the children take an active role in maintaining the environment by putting materials away, washing tables, dusting shelves, sweeping,
and doing other maintenance activities, to which they enthusiastically attend. The prepared environment is designed to facilitate independent learning and exploration by the child.