At Oak Grove, our mission is to nurture and guide each child to become an independent, responsible, lifelong learner. In order to facilitate our mission, we integrate a 100 year old non-traditional methodology that incorporates individualized instruction and hands-on experiential learning under an umbrella of core values. Currently, we serve children ages six weeks to six years old.
Infant | 6 weeks to about 18 months
In August 2016 Oak Grove opened its first Infant classroom. Infants in this program are provided nurturing interactions promoting bonding and engagement with the world. Beyond this primary goal, opportunities to exercise motor and language development, as well as 'choice' is provided. A serene, uncluttered space, replicating the home, gives our infants a calm, trusting place to discover varied surfaces as they gradually become mobile. Throughout the Nido (the nest) all children will be free to observe and interact at their own developmental rate within predictable relationships and routines. Parents are free to come and go to visit or feed their child throughout the day.
Toddler | 18 months to 36 months
Walking unassisted, this active age group is engulfed in a language rich, multi-sensory classroom. Providing opportunities to foster motor planning and coordination, this environment is ever adapting to the developmental level of the child. Large and small motor activities allow the Toddler child to facilitate their preference for constant motion. In these classrooms children are in a sensitive period for order and language. Both components will be supported through increased opportunities to exercise independence. Learning to care for one's own needs, such as toileting and dressing, are skills emphasized at this level. Along with self-help and practical life skills, students have more complex work opportunities fostering longer periods of concentration. Around the age of three, confidence in communicating wants, needs, and feelings along with independence in toileting and a desire for more diverse social interactions, indicate the child is ready to move up to the Primary program.
Primary | 3 to 6 years old
With an emphasis on individual development, instruction in a Montessori program is most often one-on-one with occasional small and whole group lessons. Students move through the curriculum at their own pace, based on their particular strengths, interests, and natural curiosity. Looking in on a Primary classroom, you will find students in a variety of working arrangements other than desks. Paired at a rug on the floor, standing at an easel, across a small table from a friend, or in a small group encircling a lesson. As grounding tenets of the Montessori pedagogy, independence and responsibility are fostered continuously throughout each day as students make both work and social choices that are framed by expectations of responsibility, self-control, and courtesy.
As an extension to our regular school year, Summer Camp programming is offered for Infant, Toddler, and Primary age groups for both June and July. Children must already be enrolled for the upcoming school year to participate in Oak Grove Summer Camp.
After School Clubs
We look forward to bringing after school clubs back this school year!
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