Preschool Program (Top)
Preschool is available to children 2 ½ years of age – 5 years of age. We understand each family has varying schedule needs; therefore, we offer as many different schedule options possible and adjust our tuition accordingly. Below are our “typical” schedules, but if you wish to explore another options, and/or combinations of full and half days, please contact us.
- Full Day | 8am – 3pm
- 5 Full Days
4 Full Days
3 Full Days
2 Full Days
- Half Day | AM – 8am – 11am or PM – 12pm – 3pm
- 5 Half Days (AM or PM)
4 Half Days (AM or PM)
3 Half Days (AM or PM)
Kindergarten Program (Top)
Full Day | 8am – 3pm (Monday – Friday)
Students entering Kindergarten must turn 5 years of age by the 1st of August of the enrolling school year. Students entering Absorbent Minds Kindergarten from another preschool program will be accepted for a two month probationary period to assess Kindergarten readiness and adjustment to the Montessori environment. Full acceptance will be granted based on evaluations by the administrator and classroom teacher(s).
Kindergarten students are the oldest in their mixed age group. At this point in their development and learning with the Montessori materials, they have become the “experts.” They are working with more advanced materials, do homework and have more in-depth science experiments. Kindergarteners dedicate time to reading daily, practicing handwriting and work on special individual projects. In their role as experts in the classroom, the Kindergarteners become leaders and role model to the younger students. This is an excellent opportunity for the children to develop leadership skills and refine their own behavior patterns. As they grow in a sense of responsibility, they increase in their self-esteem and solidify their existing knowledge and understanding of the Montessori curriculum, while continuously challenging themselves to learn new things. This gives children the readiness they need to meet new challenges and forms a foundation for life.
Elementary Program (Top)
Our Elementary program serves children ages 6-12 years old in grades 1st through 6th. Students entering our elementary program from other schools will be accepted on a probationary period to assess acclimation to the Montessori environment. Students will also be assessed on basic grade level skills. Full acceptance will be granted based on assessments, observations by the administrator and classroom teacher(s), and adjustment to the Montessori environment.
Our teachers are specially trained to encourage, engage and educate the whole child. Children are exposed to a variety of subjects: Geography, History, Cultural Studies, Language, Grammar, Geometry, Mathematics, Biology, Physical Science, Music, Art, Handwriting and Physical Education. Students will be introduced to each subject and have the opportunity to dive deep into those of great interest.
Personal responsibility, self-respect, independence, resourcefulness, self-government; these are only few of the characteristics Montessori students develop in our prepared elementary environment. Students are challenged daily to set goals and work diligently toward achieving them. We believe that if the student is productive during their time in class, there is no need for homework. We believe that if the child is able to work with concrete materials using their hands they form lasting impressions and there is greater retention of knowledge. We believe children are capable of great things if given the opportunity to explore and discover everyday.
Teaching is the art and science of assisting discovery.
Before & After School Care Program (Top)
Absorbent Minds Montessori School offers an optional Before & After School Care Program for our currently enrolled students. Before school care is available during the hours of 7am – 8am. After school care is available during the hours of 3pm – 6pm. These hours may be adjusted to satisfy demand.
Children taking advantage of Before & After School Care may participate in group games, outdoor play (weather permitting), board games, art activities, story time, etc. The Before & After School Care programs are designed to accommodate working parents. Children who stay for the after care program are offered a healthy snack between 3:30 and 4:00pm.
Enrichment Activities (Top)
Art: Our arts program gives students the opportunity to find joy in self-expression by creating works with their own hands. Children find the ability to use their imaginations to construct a work of art to be extremely satisfying. No matter what art medium they are using, (scissors, paint, clay, pastels, etc.) our children are exploring color & relationship, and are learning about design. Our Art activities are designed to teach children how to think creatively, critically and independently. Students will be introduced to famous artists and their unique styles; art history and a wide variety of art mediums. It is our goal to instill a love and appreciation for art. Every student attending on Art day will receive a 1 hour lesson.
Music: Children love listening to music, moving to music and singing. We strive to expose our students to a variety of music genres, composers and instruments. The children experience a wide range of musical terminology, notes, and instruments. Children learn about tones, scales, rhythms and musicians. Our Exploring Music curriculum is fun, educational and engaging. Every student attending on Music day will receive a 1⁄2 hour lesson.
Science: Science is fun and interesting to children. They love to see things change before their eyes. It’s like watching magic tricks! Our students will participate in a wide variety of experiments while learning about the Scientific Method. They will begin to ask questions like “What happens if I…” and they will attempt to answer their question with a hypothesis. The overall goal of science at the preschool and Kindergarten level is to teach that science is fun and all you need to do is get a little dirty. Every student attending on Science day will receive a 1⁄2 hour lesson.
Dance: Dance is a wonderful outlet for self expression that promotes a healthy self-esteem, strong focus and exercise. It exposes children of all ages and abilities to the performing arts and encourages creativity through the joy of music and movement.
We offer two dance programs, Ballet and Kids Bop Jazz. Students ages 3-4 ½ are in either Tiny Tutus or Kids Bop I; students ages 4 ½ – 6 are in either Budding Ballerinas or Kids Bop II.
- Tiny Tutus: This is a sweet and charming pre-ballet class that incorporates imaginative games and props all while teaching the basic fundamentals of Ballet.
- Budding Ballerinas: This is an adorable and delightful, introduction to Ballet class, geared for children ages four, five and six.
- Kids Bop I & II: This high energy class is great for boys and girls alike. They will learn body isolations, turns, across the floor combinations and leaps. This class is an excellent source for strength and flexibility. Your child will love this fun upbeat dance class that combines jazz, hip hop and freestyle movements together.
Dance is offered as 24 lessons during the school year. Each lesson is approximately 45 minutes in length. Participants perform a recital at our Christmas Program and International Festival. Click here for the registration form. (Additional fees apply for Dance.)
Tumble Time: Absorbent Minds Montessori School is proud to offer American Elite’s “Tumble Time” Program at our Tallmadge campus. This wonderfully designed and executed gymnastics enrichment combines fitness with fun and focuses on balance, coordination, flips and stretching. Research proves the benefits of kinesthetic arts and movement in helping enhance cognition, develop positive attitudes and confidence and even grow new brain cells in children (Jensen. Arts with the Brain in Mind. 2001.). Tumble Time will enhance brain development by increasing memory, spatial perception, language, attention, emotion, problem solving, and decision making. We hope your child enjoys Tumble Time at Absorbent Minds!
Tumble Time is offered on Thursdays from September through May. Each lesson is approximately 30 minutes in length. Register your child today. (Additional fees apply for Tumble Time.)
Tae Kwon Do: Among the many goals Maria Montessori set for her students were respect, focus, confidence and discipline. Asian Sun, Ohio’s best Martial Arts School ranked by number of black belts produced, instructor to student ratio, and national champions; emphasizes and builds on Montessori’s goals. We are excited to partner with Asian Sun and have our students participate in their nationally acclaimed Preschool Program. The program focuses on improving preschool age children’s basic motor and listening skills, learning respectful behavior and courtesy, and developing self control in a fun and motivating way. The preschool program curriculum, Tiger Tots, consists of developing 9 major skills that are necessary for participation in any sport or activity. The Tiger Tots skills are Respect, Focus, Teamwork, Control, Balance, Memory, Discipline, Fitness and Coordination.
Tae Kwon Do is offered as Five 6-week sessions during the school year. Each lesson is approximately 30 minutes in length. Participants test for their next rank/belt at the final class of each 6 week session. Click here for the registration form. (Additional fees apply for Tae Kwon Do.)