|Montessori Preschool / VPK
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Odyssey offers a Montessori Pre-Kindergarten and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program for children ages 3-5. Students enrolled in the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program will have the option to articulate into Odyssey Preparatory Academy's Kindergarten program.
Families who are interested in enrolling in the Pre-Kindergarten, or VPK programs may fill out pre-registration forms. Registration forms will be available at the Odyssey Preparatory Academy office.
Our classroom offers a prepared environment, multi-age groupings, independent learning, hands-on discovery-based learning, and a warm and comfortable positive learning environment. Each child is treated with respect and kindness.
Our Montessori Preschool is committed to the whole child using the Montessori educational philosophy. Montessori teaches the children values of self-respect, appreciation of uniqueness and the recognition of dignity within each person. Our teachers give lessons on treating everyone with kindness, peacefulness, compassion, empathy, responsibility and courage.
Learning is on an individual basis as each child progresses at his or her own pace. A child that learns and masters a skill quickly will move on to the next level while a child that needs more time to master a skill will be able to do so without feeling pressured. All lessons are sequenced moving from concrete to abstract.
This area is usually the first area the younger child is introduced to in the classroom. Unlike many traditional programs where young children may be unable to sit and follow through with a lesson, our prepared Montessori environment quickly engages the child. Practical Life lessons are important as they teach care of the classroom environment, concentration building, and completion of a lesson. The children build hand strength and control, hand- eye coordination, a sense of order and feelings of accomplishment.
The sensorial materials teach heightened perception, focused observations and fine discrimination and classification. These skills play a major role in helping our children to develop their sense of logic, concentration, coordination, order and independence.
Language skills are a very important part of a child's life. Without the skills to communicate, a child would be frustrated by the inability to express himself/herself. The language area consists of developing oral language, writing, reading and creative expression. Our goal is to give the child a love of reading and the skill to express himself.
Montessori materials are designed with precision so that the child learns multiple concepts with hands-on activities. Each new math concept is isolated and presented in a way that gradually moves the child from the concrete to the abstract. A child will master one math skill before moving on to the next lesson.
"LOOK AT THE CHILD. The most important period of life is not the age of university studies but the period from birth to the age of six…for that is when intelligence itself, her greatest implement is being formed."