Enrichment

Spanish Immersion

In an increasingly multi-lingual and multi-cultural environment, the Montessori Children’s House offers a Spanish Immersion program for ages 3 to 7 years. This program is designed to immerse the child in the Spanish language in a carefully prepared environment of a Montessori classroom, by teachers who are native Spanish speakers. This program is for children who have no prior knowledge of Spanish, and incorporates the children who speak the language already.  This program is offered as a part-time class which meets every week, Monday through Friday, from 8:20 to 11:20 am or 12:20 to 3:20 pm.  Click here to download our Spanish Immersion brochure.  Please contact us at 515-225-1073 for more information or to set up a tour.

Other Enrichment

Montessori Children’s House offers an extension to your child’s experience in the Montessori environment through our Enrichment Program.  This program is designed to provide a series of cultural activities each week throughout the school year.  We have contracted with professionals in each specialty area who plan and provide these activities.  Some of the opportunities may be something you have considered trying for your child, and now you have the opportunity to introduce them in a familiar setting.  We hope you can take advantage of this program!

All classes take place at Montessori Children’s House.  Class times are Monday through Friday, beginning in September and continuing through May.  Enrichment starts approximately 3:15 pm each day and ends around 4:00 pm.  Some of the classes will be divided into two groups – one starting at 3:15 and the next at 3:45.  The classes that are taught as one group will begin at 3:15.

There is a maximum of 12 students per class who are 4-7 years of age.  Please contact the office for a registration form.

Enrichment Activities:

Drama Tykes  provides instruction in theater and communications.  Drama gives children a chance to move their bodies and improve coordination.  Activities may include songs, finger plays, dance, movement, social speaking and basic theater skills.

Keyboard West provides music instruction. Keyboard West has worked with MCH for well over 13 years.  This program focuses on developing the eye, ear, and finger coordination necessary for music making while instilling a love for music.

Jump Bunch provides great exercise, but in a structured format that introduces a wide variety of sports to build coordination, balance and confidence.  Each class includes warm-ups, floor exercises, the sport activity of the week, stretching, then cooling down.  It is not competitive for preschoolers, but a completely positive experience.  It is amazing how this early exposure makes kids more willing to give new sports a try as they get older.

Sra. Gomez provides movement to music.  This is a high energy class where movement is put to fun music.  The children enjoy yoga and Zumba as some of the activities presented.

Sharon Campbell is MCH’s art teacher.  She provides additional art instruction each week.  Before teaching at MCH, Sharon taught elementary art in the Des Moines school system for 27 years.