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Montessori

Montessori at ILM Academy: Developing the Whole Child (Ages 3-5)

Three year-olds are not to be underestimated. They walk, run, and talk, but they can also count by 100s, accurately determine the weather outside, and recite the Holy Quran. They can understand the concepts of honesty, compassion, and every other characteristic ILM Academy aims to instill in its students. And what about our four year-olds? Do you know everything they can do and how they may be different from their five year-old peers? This is our business at ILM Academy. We specialize in understanding children and bringing out the very best in each one of them at their diverse ages and stages.

Our method is Montessori--an educational practice and philosophy with a 100 year-old track record to its name. Over 20,000 schools worldwide have adopted a similar approach.  An accredited private school, ILM Academy is also a member of the American Montessori Society, and we take our job of developing the whole child very seriously. We seek to inculcate, from the earliest age, a love and appreciation for learning, along with a deep respect for humanity.

How do we do this?  We mix our academic subjects, such as math and English, with real life applications. We take our students into the kitchen so they can experience measuring, touching and, yes, tasting their lessons. Apart from recess, we frequently head outside to explore and understand the great outdoors. In addition to teaching Quran and Sunnah at school, the nearby masjid is also a retreat for us, as we aspire to cultivate a love, respect, and familiarity with Islam. Our students are actively involved in charity projects, locally and internationally, as we all strive to live our deen, on a day-to-day basis, inside and outside of the classroom.

ILM Academy Montessori students are growing up to be academically astute and intellectually curious, with a real sense of values and love for Islam. At the end of the day, isn’t that what we all want for our children?

 

Montessori Details:

School hours/Holidays: The school hours for our Montessori program are identical to the rest of our school, which are 8:10am-3:10am. Students may arrive as early as 7:55am and leave as late as 3:25pm. There is no part-day or part-time option for Montessori students. Montessori is a full time program so students are expected to attend daily and stay for the day. The school is closed for 3-5 days for Eid, depending on when it falls in the week, and is also closed for Thanksgiving, winter break, spring break, and summer break, as well as some national holidays such as Labor Day, Memorial Day, etc. We use Spring Branch, Houston, Fort Bend, and Cy-Fair ISD academic year calendars as a guide to determine our school holidays, aside from Eid break.

Age requirements: Admission into the Montessori program begins at the age of 3. To enter the Montessori program as a level 1 student, which is equivalent to the preschool level at other schools, the child must turn 3 by September 30. To enter into level 2, equivalent to the pre-K level, the child must turn 4 by September 30, and to enter into level 3, or kindergarten level, the child must turn 5 by September 30. If the child is turning 6 by September 30, s/he must apply for 1st grade. Although both our Montessori classrooms are mixed ages, with children ages 3-5 in one setting, admissions is done by age level and students are divided by age for Arabic classes during the day.

Potty training: All entering 3 year-old (level 1) students must be fully potty trained in order to gain admission into the Montessori program.

Level 1, 2, and 3 differences: The Montessori philosophy holds that mixed-age level grouping allows children to learn from one another. As such, children are grouped in ages 3-5 (preschool-KG), and in other schools that carry the Montessori method into higher grades, in ages 6-8 (grades 1-3), 9-12 (grades 4-6), and so on. Therefore, our 3-5 year olds are in the same Montessori classroom but working on varying lessons according to their individual abilities but will have a slightly different schedule based on their age group to allow for Arabic classes and nap times for younger children. The level 1 nap is about 2 hours long, the level 2 nap is just over an hour, and the level 3 students do not nap. All three levels have Arabic class daily, in which they also learn Quran and basics about Islam, but it is more advanced as students progress through the levels in their years at ILM Academy. Level 1 Arabic is half an hour daily while levels 2 and 3 have Arabic for about an hour daily. Belonging to a certain level does not lead to a student's impediment in advancing in lesson difficulties or pushing forth in lesson difficulties when the student is not yet prepared since, during their Montessori work time, each child is encouraged to work at his/her individual level. Students will progress through the lessons in the classroom as they master each one, which may be such that they are on level with a lesson, ahead in another lesson, or slightly behind in another. Every child is different and will progress differently. Our trained staff ensures the students are being challenged and also assisted where they may need extra attention to help them reach their developmental and academic goals for the program and eventually prepare them for 1st grade.

Schedule: When students arrive in class, there will be a morning circle time during which students do exercises together, recite Quran and duaas, sing a song, and so on, to prepare them for the school day. After that time, students will begin working on lessons in the five areas of the Montessori curriculum: practical life, culture (science and geography), language (English), math, and sensorial. Students independently choose lessons to work on, but teachers guide them to ensure they are getting a variety of lessons and progressing in each type. Level 1 students are able to work on lessons for about 2 hours, followed by Arabic class for half an hour. When level 1 students are in Arabic, the level 2 and 3 students continue working on lessons. After this time, all students will go to recess together for 45 minutes and come back for lunch for half an hour. Level 1 students will then begin their 2-hour nap, level 2 students will head to Arabic class for 45 minutes, and level 3 students will have Kindergarten time during which instruction is specifically geared to preparing them for 1st grade. After Arabic class, the level 2 students will also go for a nap for about an hour, and level 3 students will go to Arabic class for an hour. After this time, both level 1 and 2 students will wake up and have circle time with level 3 students, which usually consists of story time and end-of-day rituals.

Lunch/Snacks: Snacks are provided by the Montessori class through one parent volunteering for each week of snacks, which typically consist of vegetable sticks, cheeses, crackers, fruits, yogurt, and other healthy snacks, as per school policy. Lunch must be brought daily from home or otherwise lunches can be purchased for the entire school week by the start of each month through our PTA (Parent Teacher Association).

Supplies: Montessori level 1 and 2 students must bring a backpack with blanket in the beginning of every school week. The blanket will stay at the school until the end of the school week and will then be sent home for washing. The school provides nap mats for the Montessori level 1 and 2 students as a part of the $15 school supply fee that is paid at the time of enrollment in August. At least one pair of a change in clothes (including undergarments) must be sent at the start of the child's enrollment into the class and they will be kept in the school in case of accidents. The school supply fee of $15 for level 3 students will be used towards other in-class supply purchases.

Grading: There are no official grades given in the Montessori program. Report cards will be issued showing which lesson objectives a student has mastered, is progressing in, or has been introduced to. As the academic year goes on, students are expected to reach certain milestones in their lesson advancement. There are at least two opportunities for parent-teacher conferences during the year during which the teachers will discuss the student's progression with the parents.

Staffing: We have an approximate 9:1 ratio between students to staff in the Montessori classrooms.

 

Click here to view the Common Core standards for kindergarten, which are followed through our Montessori curriculum.

 

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We are still accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year through February 2018. Please continue to the Admissions and FAQ pages for more information on how to apply.

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