Albany Montessori Education Center
Guided Pathway to Independent Learning



   The Children's House

   2yrs-9mo through Kindergarten
    Dr. Maria Montessori established her first  in Rome.  I was here, in 1906, that "Casa dei
    Bambini" or Children's House was opened.    
   This is a place the children can call their own.  When we talk about a Montessori classroom, one
   of the the most important factors is the prepared environment.  The goal of the Montessori
   prepared environment is to be a calm soothing place for the children away from the fast paced
   adult world. The prepared environment facilitates the child’s independence,  concentration,
   coordination, and sense of order.  

   Dr. Montessori felt that children experience what are called sensitive periods.  She noticed that
   children from birth had a sensitive period for language and therefore acquired it on their own. 
   They also have a sensitive period for movement when babies learn to crawl then to walk.  This
   is all done on their own; humans do not need to be taught to speak or walk.  She realized
   through hours of observation that to facilitate these sensitive periods the environment needed to
   be for the children.  For that reason, she developed the prepared environment of the Montessori
   classroom.  All the furniture is fit to them.  All items are within their reach and are always made
   available. When a child has a desire to work with numerals she can choose a work from the shelf
   to satisfy that need. When a child has a desire for movement he can choose the Red Rods or Pink
   Tower.  The pictures on the walls are hung low so the children may view them. The
   environment is made and kept beautiful.  Because of this concept it transfers into their desire to
   keep everything beautiful and in order.  

  Every day at school is much the same as the previous day.  When the children arrive they know
  what to expect and what is expected of them.  This routine gives them a sense of well being, with
  not too much change and, therefore less stress.   An article from Montessori Today, described the
  feeling one gets when they have lost something, for instance, their car keys: a feeling of tension
  and anxiety.  The article went on to describe how one feels when they think of something that is
  always there, perhaps their bed or a favorite chair.  Here there is a feeling of calm and comfort.  

   This is what we strive for when preparing the environment. 

   This is a place where one feels secure and at ease.  

   This is a place that fosters independence.  

   This is a place that reveals success.  

   This is a Children’s House.

Kindergarten Advantage Program
In the afternoon at the Children's House our younger students enjoy a relaxing nap while our "third year" or Kindergarten age students are engaged in activities and lessons that prepare them for the 6-9/Lower Elementary Montessori program or First grade in a traditional school setting.  
The Kindergarten curriculum builds on the foundation made during the first 2 years of the Montessori cycle.  This continuation of the Montessori three-year cycle is important; but a child entering The Children's House for Kindergarten will also receive an enriched academic experience. Children who attend an alternate morning kindergarten program are welcome to enroll in our afternoon Kindergarten Advantage program.
The curriculum covers the following areas     Language:  Reading comprehension is explored through daily group reading of various chapter books.  Reading skills are taught at an individual rate through various lessons based on phonics, syntax, context, and picture cues.  The children learn letter formation, correct pencil grip and gradually how to write letters, numbers and words.  Math:  Math concepts are developed through concrete materials.  These concepts include but are not limited to; quantity, concept of zero, making tens, more than, less than, equal to, computation, estimating, place value, squaring, skip counting, measurement, time and money  Geography:  The geography curriculum proceeds from large to small; from the world, to the continents, within the continents to the countries.  While learning the continents, the children will also explore individual cultures.  Sensorial:  The children will use their senses to make comparisons and judgments.  For example, they will learn the names of geometric shapes and solids through the concrete materials developed by Dr. Montessori.

School Plus+ Program
Extended Day & After school activities
Our School Plus+ Program was developed to provide extended day hours for working parents as well as offer opportunities for AMEC students to experience  a variety of social, recreational and music activities in a familiar environment.
Children must be enrolled for extended hours and activities.  There is a minimal fee for the activities and children enrolled in extended hours will receive a discount on those fees.