Our Program

Country Meadows Program Details and Options

Country Meadows Montessori School provides program options to accommodate the child’s school day and support before and after school care.  Tuition is adjustable to provide flexibility for working and stay-at-home parents.

Toddler

Ages:12 months to 36 months
Half Day 8:45 am – 11:45 pm
Ext. Day 8:45 am – 3:15 pm
Full Day 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Days: Monday – Friday

Primary

Ages:3-6
Half Day 8:30 am – 11:30 pm
Ext. Morning 7:00 am – 3:0 0pm
Ext. Day 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Ext. Day Plus 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Full Day 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Days: Monday – Friday

Lower Elementary

Ages: 6-9
Days: Monday – Friday
Ext. Day 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Ext. Morning 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ext. Day Plus 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Full Day 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Upper Elementary

Ages: 9-12
Days: Monday – Friday
Ext. Day 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Ext. Morning 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ext. Day Plus 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Full Day 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Middle School

Ages: 12-14
Days: Monday – Friday
Ext. Day 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ext. Morning 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ext. Day Plus 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Full Day 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

Learning Philosophy

Practical Life

The mastery of everyday tasks is an important step toward building self-confidence in young children. Buttoning buttons, zipping zippers and snapping snaps are essential tasks that teach children to concentrate and pay attention. Students also learn to care for themselves and others by understanding the importance of completing a task, cleaning up and returning the materials to the appropriate place, ready for the next person to use.


Sensorial Training

Children learn best when allowed to touch, feel, hold, smell, listen, see and taste; the sensorial materials utilized in a Montessori classroom are designed to refine these senses and illustrate their use as a child’s tools for exploring.


Math

A basic tenet of Montessori education is that understanding is often a matter of seeing and touching. Special materials help children see and feel numbers which helps them understand them more completely. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are taught first with materials the child can feel and manipulate, then later in more abstract form according to each child’s own pace and interest. Elementary students also learn basic concepts of algebra and geometry.


Language

A child’s command of vocabulary is stimulated in all classroom activities. Children are encouraged to participate during lessons, by asking and answering questions, telling stories and explaining activities. Once the sounds of the letter symbols are known, children can begin to use them, first to construct words with the letters of the moveable alphabet, and then to read. For elementary students, daily reading is augmented by our resource room and trips to the nearby Gurnee Library. Reading and writing skills are taught throughout the program. Grammar, spelling, cursive writing and research skills are part of the Elementary curriculum.

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Culture

The world of our Primary students is expanded through art, geography, nature and science studies. Many materials are present in the classroom for daily use, with each area emphasized at different times by special lessons, projects and field trips.


Sciences

Social Sciences, Elementary Level — History, geography and social studies often focus on the children themselves. Children study planets and their country, state, town, through their personal histories. Elementary students gain a tangible understanding and perspective of their place in the course of human and natural events. CMMS students are fortunate to live in a region rich in social and historical significance and full of examples to illustrate a variety of lessons.

Physical and Natural Science, Elementary Level — Science is an exciting and popular subject at CMMS. Students study botany, zoology, physics, astronomy and chemistry  through individual projects, natural observation and field trips.

Arts, Physical Education and Technology

Visual Arts

Children consistently express themselves with painting, paper cutting and design at CMMS. Craft skills enhance fine motor development in toddlers early on. Students use a variety of artistic media to develop skills, communicate and explore the excitement in creating artistic work.  Art’s impact on world cultures and our own is also taught.


Music

The music program at CMMS is based on the concepts of German composer Carl Orff.  With its progressive structure, integration of musical elements and hands-on techniques, the Orff method is consistent with the Montessori philosophy.

The Orff approach gives children the opportunity for musical expression in four ways: through speech, movement, improvisation and the instrumental ensemble.

Children get their first rhythmic experience from their own speech, and through songs and poems interpreted dramatically and embellished with percussive sounds and melodies. Creative and imitative movements increase self-expression and teach melodic patterns that are later performed on the beautiful Orff instruments.


Phy Ed

Maria Montessori believed the development of motor skills is an essential bridge to understanding basic language and mathematical concepts. At CMMS, mind and body coordination are integrated and our spacious classrooms allow ample room for physical activity. Carefully planned and constructed areas outside provide space for vigorous play. Our physical education goal for the Elementary child is to be an active, happy participant, while developing fitness and skills in a program that stimulates good human relationships.


Technology

Computers are an integral part of our children’s lives and, as such, have a place in our elementary classrooms. At CMMS, computers are used as educational tools for communication,  problem solving, critical thinking, information gathering, global awareness, and to help develop spatial and interactive skills. CMMS uses technology carefully in a way that’s  continually evolving to meet the changing needs of our students while keep up with advancements in technology.