Enrichment Programs at Hunter Mill
All children enrolled in our programs attend a Creative Movement class during the morning one day a week. During Creative Movement, the children learn to be aware of their bodies, to breathe slowly, and to control their movements. The children are introduced to a classical composer’s music, listening to the music and hearing a storybook to illustrate the music. Through movement, using techniques from dance and yoga, the children recreate the story while listening to the music. At Hunter Mill Montessori School, Creative Movement is an extension of Dr. Montessori’s belief that children learn through movement and that discipline comes from learning to control our bodies and minds.
Hunter Mill Montessori School offers a Spanish Language class one day a week. This program is available to all students and requires an additional fee. Participation is voluntary.
During October, we transform the playground into a pumpkin patch and each child takes home a small pumpkin. At the end of the month in lieu of Halloween celebrations, we host an International Day celebration. On International Day, the children dress in a costume representing another land or period in USA history. The children have a party with foods from many lands and a special parade and opportunity to perform for their parents.
Each month lessons in a special interest area in the geography and science areas are introduced in the individual classrooms. These lessons enrich the child’s cultural awareness (e.g., Columbus Day, Groundhog Day, and Chinese New Year) and often follow the children’s specific interest in animals, flags or other areas. To enrich the child’s music appreciation, a Classical Composer is introduced each month through stories, pictures and his music. To develop the child’s art appreciation, an artist is introduced each month through stories, books and studying their artwork. The children are presented lessons in the various artist’s techniques and styles. It is an opportunity to explore different medium, techniques, design and color.