138 Radio Avenue
Miller Place, NY 11764
631-821-0474
 
   

Pre-school and Kindergarten Curriculums

The Step by Step School of Miller Place focuses on instructing the whole child, utilizing a variety of methods and techniques designed to satisfy the unique and comprehensive educational requirements of every student. Of course, the child’s academic performance is of paramount importance; however, an emphasis is also placed upon cultivating citizenship and the moral standards necessary for personal enrichment, achievement, and social development. As a result the skills, habits and constructive behaviors engendered within the classroom setting last a lifetime as children learn to observe more attentively, concentrate without distraction, and work effectively alone as well as within the group setting.

At Step by Step, in accordance with the Montessori Method of education, our certified and public school approved curriculum is centered on Mathematics, Practical Life, Language and The Sensorial, branching out into additional areas of enrichment which include: Art and Music Appreciation, Movement and Dance, Science, Geography, and Spanish.

Mathematics
The Montessori Mathematics program is carefully designed to provide students with the arithmetical building blocks and framework necessary to ensure continued success in the subject area. Logical thinking, counting, numerical recognition and understanding the concept of quantity are major areas of focus and intended to help a child progress from concrete to abstract thinking, and to develop problem-solving skills.

Pre-School Math objectives are:

  • Counting and recognizing numbers to 20
  • One More and One Less
  • Associating numbers 11-19 with quantity
  • Understanding the concept of Place Value
  • Counting and recognizing numbers to 50
  • Understanding the concept of Greater Than and Less Than
  • Counting and recognizing numbers to 100
  • Introduction to Graphs and Fractions
  • Associating quantity with numbers 1-100 (The Hundreds Board)
  • Writing numbers 1-10
  • Writing numbers 1-50
  • Writing numbers 1-100
  • Counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s
  • Learning addition facts to 12
  • Telling time to the hour and half-hour
  • Single Digit Addition
  • Single Digit Subtraction
  • Understanding Monetary Denominations
  • Understanding Pattern Concepts


Kindergarten Math Objectives are:

  • Counting and recognizing numbers to 20
  • Understanding the concept of One More and One Less
  • Understanding the concept of Greater Than and Less Than
  • Associating quantity with numbers 11-19
  • Understanding the concept of Place Value
  • Counting and recognizing numbers to 50
  • An Introduction to Graphs and Fractions
  • Associating quantity with numbers 1-100 (The Hundreds Board)
  • Writing numbers 1-10
  • Writing numbers 1-50
  • Writing numbers 1-100
  • Counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s
  • Learning addition facts to 12
  • Telling time to the hour and half-hour
  • Single Digit Addition
  • Single Digit Subtraction
  • Understanding Monetary Denominations
  • Understanding Pattern Concepts

Sensorial
The Sensorial subject area is designed to help young children process and understand the natural world through the use of their senses. By stimulating the child’s senses and making him or her aware of details such as color, weight, shape, texture, size, sound and smell, sensorial materials help to distinguish, categorize, and relate new information to what is already known, building upon initial concepts and contributing toward a more thorough understanding. Children will also develop and exercise fine motor skills by working with the sensorial materials, and improve their vocabulary as an understanding of the world around them continues to expand.

To help enhance sensorial stimulation, the The Step by Step School utilizes Montessori equipment and materials such as:

  • The Pink Tower to promote three-dimensional awareness
  • The Brown Stair to promote two-dimensional awareness
  • The Red Rods to demonstrate dimensional length
  • Sound Boxes to enhance listening skills
  • Knobbed Cylinders to demonstrate disparities in size, and encourage fine motor development in preparation for writing proficiency
    Geometric Solids to introduce the geometric plane and to provide a basis for identifying different shapes of written letters and numbers
  • Metal Insets to distinguish different shapes and to develop fine motor skills by tracing and coloring

Practical Life
Practical Life activities consist of daily living skills designed to help foster an understanding of the concept of order, as well as the development of concentration, coordination and independence. Exercises in this area prepare children for future handwriting and reading exercises, proper hygienic habits and social skills, fine and gross motor muscle control, and hand-eye coordination.

By imitating the daily, domestic tasks of adults (washing dishes, sweeping the floor, mixing, pouring, etc.), children learn to pay attention to detail as these exercises develop concentration, coordination, good work habits and an awareness of the satisfaction that comes from a job well done. Through practical life activities, children learn to take responsibility for their own behavior and the environment around them.

Some examples of Practical Life activities are:

  • Dry Pouring
  • Wet Pouring
  • Hand Washing
  • Smelling Exercises
  • Cutting Exercises
  • Washing Chairs and Tables
  • Water Table
  • Dressing Frames (buttoning, zipping, lacing, tying)
  • Weaving
  • Folding
  • Finger Painting and Drawing
  • Mixing Colors

Language
The Language Arts program develops reading and writing skills and utilizes phonics, word-decoding, and literature-based techniques. Exercises such as Creative Story Writing are grounded in the child’s vocabulary skills and background knowledge of a subject area, while creative spelling and grammar exercises encourage students to experiment and express their own ideas without being burdened by the constraints of exactness. As children become comfortable with the writing process, teachers engage more advanced techniques and exercises to improve spelling, punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure.

Language development skills are enhanced in the classroom with books, group time activities (songs, naming activities, sound games), conversation, and vocabulary enrichment exercises. Some of the Language objectives are:

  • Printing letters
  • Printing first and last name
  • Obtaining meaning from context
  • Pairing upper and lower case letters
  • Identifying letters and sounds
  • Understanding beginning consonants
  • Understanding ending consonants
  • Understanding consonant sounds
  • Recognizing Middle Vowels
  • Mastering long and short vowel sounds
  • Understanding letter blends
  • Building simple words using phonetics
  • Attentive story-listening
  • Retelling a story
  • Creating stories from pictures
  • Understanding the directionality of print (top/bottom, left/right)
  • Dictating individual composition
  • Recognizing sight words
  • Reading words in proper context
  • Reading comprehension
  • Relating experiences in sequence
  • Configuring Clues
  • Rhyming words
  • Identifying context clues
  • Following two-step directions