About Our Program
Tree of  Life Montessori

Middot/Jewish Values

At Tree of Life Montessori we cultivate Jewish values, Middot, through learning to live with one another peacefully and learning how to care for our classroom and our Earth. The Montessori Method offers many opportunities to practice Middot! For example:

Kavod - Showing respect for one another's words and work

Tikkun Olam - Taking care of and healing the Earth - we compost, wash and reuse towels to dry our hands, and connect with the earth by growing food and taking time to notice and appreciate the natural world.

Shmirat HaGuf - Taking care of our bodies by washing hands and learning to blow our noses and toilet independently

Gemilut Hasadim - Acts of loving kindness come naturally in a peaceful Montessori classroom, children helping one another and welcoming each other with joy

We also share chagim (holidays) with special celebrations and enjoy Kiddush before lunch every Friday. We often bake challah on friday mornings to eat with our lunch.

Daily Rhythm

Children arrive by 8:45. As they enter the classroom, they often greet one another, choose work, or spend some time deciding how to start their day.

8:30-11:30 - 3 hour work cycle - individual and group activities based on the needs and energy of the children.

11:30- 12:15 - Lunch - children may go outside to play as they finish eating.

12:00-1:00 - Outdoor play in our sandbox, play structures, gardens, etc.

1:00-1:30 - Rest/transition, children who nap sleep until they wake.

1:30 - 3:30 - Art/exploratory - a variety of projects based in art, science, and children's literature!

3:30-5:00 - Aftercare - lots of time outside followed by calm indoor activities and extra snack as needed.

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