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The educational program and the academic schedule at Ancona are designed to nurture the development of the whole child. In the Preprimary and Primary divisions, reading, writing, math, science and social studies are taught by the classroom Head and Assistant Teachers, and students travel to classes in Music and Library (all students), Spanish and Physical Education (Kindergarten and older), and Art (primary and middle school) on a regular basis. Learning experiences in these areas are an integral part of a high quality program. In all disciplines, students are engaged in challenging work that supports their cognitive development and are given opportunities to explore ideas through a variety of projects and media. Curriculum is often interdisciplinary, both within the “home” classroom and with and with and among other subject areas. All students have one half hour for lunch (which they eat in the classroom, with their teachers) and one half hour for recess every day. There are also other times for rest and refreshment (snacks) built into the day, usually in the homeroom or advisory. The day ends with a “jobs time” at every level; this is a Montessori tradition that encourages responsibility and ownership of the learning environment. Ancona teachers differentiate learning activities for diverse learners. Units are designed to consider the interests, developmental readiness, and learning styles of all students in the class. Students have choice about the learning process with which they engage and the product by means of which they express their understanding. Students often work in pairs or groups, both to promote social-emotional learning and to develop collaborative learning skills. Assessment at Ancona considers the growth of the whole child, including social relations and engagement in learning, as well as academic achievement. The Ancona student progress report is an instrument that combines scaled ratings of students' proficiencies and knowledge with detailed narrative that describes the whole child in the school setting.
The educational program and the academic schedule at Ancona are designed to nurture the development of the whole child. In the Preprimary and Primary divisions, reading, writing, math, science and social studies are taught by the classroom Head and Assistant Teachers, and students travel to classes in Music and Library (all students), Spanish and Physical…
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