At Agia Sophia Academy we offer a Montessori Primary Program for students ages 3-6 (Preschool & Kindergarten). Montessori is a method of education developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 1900’s. Montessori programs are found world-wide, spanning six continents and becoming extremely popular in the U.S. in the last 50 years. It is founded on the scientific observation of children’s learning processes; teaching abstract concepts in a concrete way through the five senses.
The Montessori curriculum is organized into seven main areas: practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language, science, history/geography and art. The materials are available to children on low shelves with each subject area found in a different part of the room. Each work is designed to be used by hand and absorbed by the mind, providing a strong kinesthetic approach to learning from which all children benefit. Children are usually presented “lessons” individually or in small groups to maximize their learning potential and teach to each child’s readiness. An additional benefit is that this affords an opportunity for the teacher and child to cultivate a strong relationship.
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about the Montessori Preschool program here at Agia Sophia Academy. Take some time to look over the questions and answers. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us at 503-641-4600.
Sample Montessori Preschool Schedule
8:10 Drop-off begins & Greetings
8:30 Morning Prayers
8:40 Attendance, news, group lessons, singing, literature, announcements, etc.
8:45 Students work independently, in small groups or have lessons with teacher
9:15 P.E./Library/Art (depending on the day)
10:25 Prepare, serve and eat snack
11:45 Music/Greek (depending on the day)
12:15 Half-day dismissal/Recess
1:00 Rest Period for Younger Students / Kinders in Small Group Work or lessons with teacher
1:30 Classroom work time for all / small group work/stories/language and science activities
2:50 Afternoon Prayers