"The education of a very small child does not aim at preparing him or her for school, but for life."
- Dr. Maria Montessori
- Practical Life
- Language Arts
- Music and Creative Movement
- Geography and Culture
Spending time outdoors is something we treasure as PNW natives, so rain or shine, we bundle up and go for nature walks to observe the changing of the seasons. Regular excursions to Rainbow Park in warm weather are also a class favorite! And of course, daily recesses take place on our playground on 11th Avenue.
CHMS is honored to have Neely Wadden of Harmony Yoga to teach a children's yoga class most weeks. The children practice mindfulness, stretch their bodies and learn the names of yoga postures, all while calming their minds in Neely's tailor-made classes.
Throughout the year we celebrate together with our Thanksgiving Feast, Valentine's Exchange, Mother's Day Tea and end of year Family Picnic.
CHMS follows the Spokane Public Schools Calendar, and meets Monday through Friday for all students, as follows.
9am - 12pm: Montessori Work Cycle. During the morning, children work with the Montessori materials, receive one-on-one and small group lessons, play outside for a recess and participate in story and circle time with songs and show and tell.
12pm - 3pm: Extended Day Program. Children staying for extended day participate in lunch where they work together as a community to set up and clean up afterward, an additional afternoon recess, afternoon lessons including Kindergarten instruction and more in-depth lessons, and a closing end-of-day circle time with stories, a seasonal unit and songs.
8-9am and 3-4pm: Full Day Program. In addition to the work cycle and extended day, the full-day program includes educational games, additional outside play, art and occasional baking or other projects.