This program is uniquely designed to assist homeschooling parents.
The Step-Up Toddler, Primary and Elementary programs offered by John XXIII provide a springboard for expanded learning options specifically tailored to suit the educational needs of the child at his or her particular developmental stage.
Adhering to Montessori philosophy that education should be defined by “helping the child to help himself,” the Center at John XXIII assists the family in a reciprocal relationship wherein children are assisted to realize their individual capacities.
Our Lead Guides have been trained and certified by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and/or the National Association for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) as guides to the child’s self-directed learning process.
The Step-Up Toddler Program
This learning-rich environment is especially designed with the needs and interests of the youngest child in mind, ages 1 ½ – 3 years, and in adherence with AMI and CGS guidelines.
Our Step-Up Toddler Program offers:
A child-sized environment which calls the toddler to engage in purposeful activities suited to his particular developmental needs.
Sensorial, manipulative materials for the development of hand/eye coordination, visual tracking and balance. These materials allow the toddler to absorb key concepts about their world, such as object permanence, color, dimension and weight, as well as cultivate the development of graceful and coordinated movements.
A safe, home-like space in which the toddler may begin practicing greater independence from his parents and which offers a first opportunity to engage in community life outside of the home, including interacting comfortably and respectfully with peers and non-parental adults.
Child-led assistance with the challenging task of becoming toileting independent.
A language-rich environment with many categorized language materials to expand and enrich the toddler’s ever increasing vocabulary, as well as specific focus on communicating one’s needs or desires respectfully with others.
Religious education through the CGS Atrium program, including the fostering of a relationship with God, delighting in the liturgical seasons and feasts of our Church, and many meditative materials about Jesus’ life and our life in the Church.
Opportunities for the young child to participate in real-life activities he sees accomplished by the adults in his life, such as food preparation, dish washing, sweeping, plant care, etc. These activities delight and fulfill as they meet the child’s desire to participate meaningfully in his society.
Primary Academic Program
Elementary Academic Program
A Montessori program is based on three year cycles for completion (3-6 years, 6-9 years and 9-12 years).
Lessons pertaining to the subjects listed will be offered during the three year cycle. Our three day format is meant to assist in presenting the child with a larger scope of work options while also augmenting, in particular, the work of homeschooling families.
Children will be guided to work in all areas to reinforce as well as introduce opportunities for a well-rounded course of study within the context of the home and larger community of the child. Due to the finite amount of time at the Center, in-home Math and English curricula are expected at the Elementary level.