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Creative Learning Center

School Curriculum Overview

Below you will find the 16/17 school year curriculum. For the most part, this curriculum covers the world outside of our classroom.

Along with academic subjects (Math, Language, Geography, Practical Life, Senorial) the Montessori curriculum contains practical lessons on appropriate social behavior entitled “Grace and Courtesy”. These lessons, which stem from Dr. Montessori’s desire to foster capable and functioning members of society, are designed to educate children on positive social conduct and respectful, cooperative interaction with the classroom , environment, and community at large. They serve to reinforce the theme of respect for every child and participant in the environment that runs through all aspects of the Montessori classroom. Some of the ways we will introduce this in our classroom:

1.) Next month we will be introducing a “Value of the Month”. Some of these will include: Friendship, kindness, respect, love, empathy, honesty, integrity.

2.) Books! Lots of them to help gain insight to the many feelings/emotions that can sometimes hinder positive interactions between children and/or the classroom environment.

 3.) Community involvement - each year we have two important events that all of the children have the opportunity to participate. We adopt a family for the Children’s Hospital “Holiday Giving” program. We also support sick children and their families by sponsoring the St. Jude’s Trike-a-Thon. These are both great organizations that really make a difference!

4.) Recycling - for years the earth has been depleted too fast to sustain a healthy balance. The earth’s natural resources are being consumed at a rate that reinforces the idea that we are living for today and the future generations will be paying for the consequences. The children will participate by using recycling bins in the classroom. We have also added a compost bin (by the gate on the playground) so we can expand our capability to reuse classroom garbage.

5.) The Peace Blanket - this year we have a “peace blanket” in our classroom. When two children encounter a problem that is difficult to resolve, they can work it out by placing the peace blanket on the floor. Each child has a turn expressing their feelings by taking turns by holding a (cloth) dove. This is a positive way to teach conflict resolution and problem solving.

6.) We have our own plot at the pea patch!  (Located up the path on Community Center property) We can take the children through the season of gardening each year.

 We start the month of October with the Universe. We are taking the child from the “Big Picture” and moving steadily down from:



Our Earth - including the lithosphere


Our continent - including Canada , Mexico And USA


Mercer Island (and surrounding cities - Bellevue & Issaquah)

All the way to “Our bodies” including our five senses, feelings, etc

Throughout the year we will have three continents we will focus on:

North America

South America


The children will have the opportunity to explore new and different cultures. It is our goal to aid the child to have an understanding and appreciation for those who are different from us.

We will also be studying botany along with other subjects: seasons, holidays, etc.

*Music, Spanish and yoga are also incorporated into our curriculum

















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