Welcome to Montessori Voyage! We are a Montessori-based homeschooling program for families of children in grades TK-6 available to all students who are eligible to attend Springs Charter School. The program is rooted in Montessori theory and philosophy, with lessons and activities designed to spark the imagination and sow seeds of interest in each student. The program will consist of distance learning at home 5 days per week, with occasional park days and other “al fresco” activities, consisting of outdoor, experiential learning and/or electives and special interest clubs in small cohorts of learners who will have the opportunity to form deep connections throughout the year.
Students attending Montessori Voyage will have the opportunity to pursue individual interests, collaborate with peers, develop independence and time management skills, and cultivate personal relationships. Under the guidance of qualified educators, children will have daily opportunities to participate in live, interactive online sessions, as well as have access to recorded videos. In addition, parents will receive mentoring and support from teachers on how to implement the Montessori philosophy and approach in the home environment.
The mission of each Springs Charter School is to empower students by fostering their innate curiosity, engaging their parents, and promoting optimum learning by collaboratively developing a personalized learning program for each student.
The curriculum is based upon the Montessori approach to education and will encompass the following topics: language arts, math, geometry, history, biology, geography, music, art, physical education, and practical life. Your child will have the opportunity to participate in online, interactive lessons with a teacher and a small group of children as well as having the option of joining additional activities such as read-aloud, literature circles, and special interest clubs.
While it is not possible to use many of the Montessori math materials in a distance learning setting, some of the materials can be re-created in a “do it yourself” (DIY) paper format, which will be presented to children online and they can use at home during their independent work time. However, as not all of the math lessons and materials can easily translate into a format that parents can DIY at home, children in grades 1 and above will be receiving a conceptual, mastery-based math workbook (Math Mammoth) to supplement the mathematics lessons that will be delivered in an online format.
In addition, we are pleased to be partnering with Guidepost Montessori and incorporating their distance learning curriculum into our existing program. Parents and teachers will have the opportunity to access a complete scope of Montessori-aligned lessons and activities which are largely comprised of offline, hands-on learning experiences that will engage your child’s imagination and interest. In addition, your child can participate in virtual student community events such as creative writing and yoga, and parents will have the opportunity to participate in virtual parent education events.
Through the distance learning format, students will have the opportunity to participate in the following kinds of activities that are in alignment with the Montessori approach:
Sample Schedule for TK-K:
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Morning work cycle/independent work (activity suggestions from teacher and/or choice of hands-on activities from an online platform). Your child’s lesson time: 10:30-10:50
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Playtime and Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Read Aloud
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Family conference (families meet once/week with the teacher for 15 minutes)
Sample Schedule for Grades 1-6:
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Morning work cycle/independent work (activity suggestions from teacher and/or choice of hands-on activities from an online platform). Your child’s lesson and follow-up work with a small group of peers: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Playtime and Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Read Aloud with reading comprehension activities
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Individual meetings, small group lessons, independent work.
During the school year, we will be hosting occasional park days and other outdoor classroom activities in the counties we service. The “al fresco” outdoor classroom day will consist of small group lessons, workshops, field trips, and activities that will be led and facilitated by teachers and parent volunteers. Activities will include outdoor literacy activities, art, science, and movement. Students will also have the opportunity to eat lunch together, participate in unstructured play, and connect with peers.
Children in other counties who enroll in Montessori Voyage will have the opportunity to participate in field trips and/or electives in lieu of the outdoor classroom day. The outdoor classroom will be available in other counties as enrollment grows.