Our Primary Classrooms include the Pine, Walnut, and Elm Rooms. These spacious classrooms offer ample space for free movement, quiet corners for work and reflection, and dedicated areas for reading, art and gathering.
The Primary classrooms are a calm atmosphere of order and joy, as children ages 3-6 learn together in the same setting. The younger children are guided by the teacher as well as observing and working with older students. Children develop their self-discipline and capacity for total concentration by learning to work at a task from beginning to end. Respect for others, grace and courtesy develop as children grow within the Montessori environment. In the Montessori classroom, each child is allowed to direct his/her path of learning.
IMS Art Program
The Ithaca Montessori School Art Program is designed for children in their third year of the Primary Program. This program allows children from the three primary classrooms to come together in the afternoon twice a week to experience many different aspects of art exploration. The objectives of this program are:
- To respect, value, and appreciate art and each other.
- Encourage exploration and support creativity within each person.
- Explore visual art through a weekly hands-on experience with a variety of materials and media.
- Learn about artists from all over the world and view examples of their work.
- Enhance vocabulary through the introduction of different art styles.
- Discussion about how to view and ask questions about art.
- Create a fun, engaging environment that encourages children to explore artwith confidence and excitement.
Outdoor Science Lab
At Ithaca Montessori school we are excited to share with you our very own and exclusive Outdoor Science Lab (OSL) . This Lab is only available for our Kindergartners at present. The Outdoor science Lab is a place where children can explore nature and find new and wonderful things that they will treasure for all their lives.
Continually inspired by Maria Montessori, we thrive to make our school a beautiful, engaging, and dynamic place for children to grow into educated, critical-thinking, peacemakers and caretakers of the earth. Our curriculum is rooted in real life experiences, and interaction with the natural environment provides some of the richest opportunities for our young community of learners.
What Was, What Is…
What started as pencil sketches and big ideas just three years ago has become the Ithaca Montessori School Edible Forest Garden. Formally an empty patch of lawn, this space on the back hill is now home to an infant accessible outdoor playspace, a Primary Outdoor Classroom, and thriving garden that leads to a trail system in the forest! Our campus has turned into a living, thriving ecosystem where children engage all their senses, experience the beauty of nature and learn how to care for the earth.
Three Parts Of The Whole
Edible Forest Garden
Giving children the opportunity to grow, harvest, and eat delicious and nutritious vegetables, fruits, and herbs fresh from the garden is a great way to get children to broaden their healthy food choices while learning about plants and cultivating a sense of environmental stewardship.
Our outdoor classrooms are bustling with activity! They have become an extension of our indoor classrooms where the children are invited to practice their works from all areas of the classroom. This space has also presented a unique opportunity for the children to learn new skills such as hammering, using a wheelbarrow, and sowing seeds directly into the earth.
Forest Trail System
We have developed a trial system through our forest where the children are immersed into the many ecosystems surrounding our campus! Here they discover the tracks of deer in the mud, practice balancing on downed logs, and watch as the ever mysterious water striders skim across the top of the stream.
Outdoor Gross Motor
Our Primary Students have access to a beautiful age-appropriate playground. Primary students can explore two climbing structures, two sets of swings, and a large sandbox, as well as grassy spaces and natural wooded areas for exploration. We also have a large field for active play and sledding hill for the winter.
When rain, snow or cold prevents our students from playing outside, Primary students enjoy gross motor time in our spacious, indoor gym. The gym features games and equipment for individual play and group activities.