Additional Activities




Arts & Crafts

All par­ents know the import­ance of crafts for our chil­dren, simply because we've seen how involved they become. Cre­at­ing art allows chil­dren to expand their abil­ity to inter­act with the world around them, and provides them with a dif­fer­ent set of skills they can use for self-expression and communication. 

  • Art pro­jects are presen­ted in an open-ended way, which gives chil­dren the free­dom to do/create/design whatever interests them. Montessori is all about using your hands to learn and exper­i­ence dif­fer­ent sen­sa­tions in a tact­ile way.
  • Crafts provide chil­dren with all sorts of oppor­tun­it­ies to feel a myriad of sen­sa­tions – squishy, sticky, fuzzy, mushy, gooey, etc. Chil­dren love get­ting messy with paint on their hands, and the clean up after­wards is just as reward­ing and valuable.
  • At Maple Tree Montessori art is a pro­cess, not a product. It is easy to try to get all the children's pro­jects to look per­fect, but in art it is the pro­cess of cre­at­ing (explor­ing, dis­cov­er­ing and exper­i­ment­ing) that has the greatest value.
  • The chil­dren have the chance to work with all sorts of tech­niques that involve (but are not lim­ited to) ceram­ics, draw­ing, col­our­ing, paint­ing, cut­ting, glu­ing and stamping. 




Physical Education

It is extremely import­ant for chil­dren at preschool age to be able to develop their phys­ical skills as much as pos­sible. Through prac­tical exper­i­ence chil­dren are able to find out how their physique works and con­tem­plate the pos­sib­il­it­ies of their bod­ies' functionality.

This is why our Phys­ical Edu­ca­tion pro­gram doesn't con­sist of just one or two classes a week, but is incor­por­ated into the entire school day. We have: 

  • addi­tional activ­it­ies like gymnastics, capoeira and sports, which focus on spe­cific aspects of phys­ical devel­op­ment and allow chil­dren to con­cen­trate more prom­in­ently on a con­crete set of skills
  • the Orff/Kodaly-based music pro­gram, which includes lots of move­ment and coordin­a­tion through music throughout the day
  • our nat­ural play­ground that chal­lenges the chil­dren to work on their gross motor skills and con­sequently gives them a good workout
  • the morn­ing work period with Montessori mater­i­als, which ensures that the chil­dren are con­stantly in motion