My First Academy of Alpharetta is an educational center that follows the principles of education developed from research of Dr. Maria Montessori with a modern approach that involves High technology in our classrooms.

Our program provides children a prepared environment of specialized Montessori exercise materials that allow the children to experience the joy of learning, to explore and absorb through exploration and manipulation of these classroom materials, computers and Spanish as a second language are part of our prepared environment as an addition to the Montessori curriculum. The prepared environment features an ordered arrangement of sequential training materials appropriately designed to facilitate maximum independent learning and exploration by children.

Practical Life

The Practical Life area lays the foundation for all other work to be done in the classroom. The activities are everyday tasks that a child needs to learn to master the care of him/her-self and care of the environment. Such activities include pouring, sweeping and tying, as well as grace and courtesy. The activities are presented to the child in such a way that develops his/her concentration, coordination, independence and sense of order.

Sensorial

The goal of the Montessori Sensorial area is to educate the child's senses. This area contains Montessori materials that help the child refine his or her experience of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. In addition, the materials of this section are modeled on scientifically-based concepts, such as metric system dimensions or algebraic formulas. Through the use of these materials children develop their first step toward understanding the abstract concepts they represent. The Sensorial area is considered a preparation for Math in young children.

Language

Language development is a concern of the entire Montessori classroom. Therefore, many activities in other areas promote vocabulary development, communication skills, writing and reading readiness. Montessori language curriculum is an integrated approach that combines phonetics and whole language. The child is first introduced to letters and sounds. After several sounds are mastered, he can begin to encode (spell) and decode (read) words by linking these sounds together. Words that do not follow the patterns or rules of the English language are presented as sight words. Once the child has gained confidence with his language skills, he can use it to enhance his studies in other areas of the classroom. He can read to research science, geography and history. He can write reports, sharing his learning with his peers. He can follow written recipes and instructions, and record his observations and results.

Mathematics

Mathematics in the Montessori classroom can be separated into a few major categories: beginning counting, advanced counting, the decimal system, rational numbers (fractions), and the operations of addition, multiplication, subtraction and division. Concepts are presented in a very concrete way so that children 3-6 are not only able to count, but skip count, square numbers and work with numbers in the thousands. Once the child has a firm foundation in the operations of addition, multiplication, subtraction and division, memorization of facts is introduced.

Sciences and Nature

Science is an integral element of the Montessori curriculum .A child of age 2 to 6 years old is concerned with absorbing the real world around him. The science materials present certain aspects of this world, in such a way that the child can observe, experiment, demonstrate and record what he has learned. The focus here is that the child learns how to be a scientist: objective, organized, able to perform tasks in a predetermined order, and record the results. Children learn to classify, label and differentiate. Science is a hands-on activity that includes biology, botany, zoology, and physical science.

Computer Center

Computers are used in a variety of ways in a Montessori environment. For example, as a research tool which allows children to formulate questions and then find the answers. They can also be used as a typewriter where they can practice the spelling of words and develop their fine motor skills at the same time.

Spanish as a Second Language

Our program includes Spanish lessons every day. Our students are going to be listening and following instruction in Spanish on a daily basis. Montessori lesson are going to be given in English since it is their first language.

Culture Studies (Geography, History, Music and Art)

Geography is the study of people in all parts of the world. The child has a natural curiosity to learn about her/his own culture and cultures in other regions of the world. Through our Culture study area, we want the child to see mankind as one great human family. We do not want the child to see people as separate groups of races of men. The topic of Culture Studies integrates and emphasizes a region or population's geography, history, music, art, etc. The children study different areas of the world, and experience concrete examples of that area's language, literature, dress, food, artwork and music, both past and present. This increasingly important area introduces the child to our planet's great diversity of people.

Summer program

The summer program offers an exciting, unique and well-rounded program that will combine our traditional Montessori program with summer fun activities such as Latin dance, Spanish as a second language, arts and crafts, and yoga. We will create a safe and loving environment where the children can feel secure as they explore different and joyful experiences while away from home.


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