Classroom Structure

Regina Mater is an educational community for students in pre-K3 to high school. Our class structure is multi-age, based on common developmental milestones.  Children at the typical age for promotion to a higher level are evaluated on academic, social, and emotional makeup to determine placement.  Because more challenging work can be done at any level without promotion, we generally discourage “skipping grades,” especially due to the increasing work load requirements.

Little Kingdom

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A place for moms and babies.

We are a family friendly workplace for mothers of small children.  Little Kingdom is our on-site nursery for babies and toddlers whose mothers work or volunteer on campus.

Mariengarten

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The “broad stair” work.

 

The Mariengarten is our Primary Montessori classroom for children age 3-6.

Maria Montessori was a devout Catholic.  She based her pedagogy on the realism of St. Thomas Aquinas, who observed that the soul grasps the intelligibility in creation through the senses.  As such, the Montessori classroom is a rich sensory environment where everything is designed for small hands.  The materials are carefully designed to present suitable examples to the child’s mind through the five senses.  From these concrete objects the child begins to abstract important concepts about the natural world.

Primary Montessori has four main areas of work: practical life, sensorial, language, and math.  The sensorial and practical life materials prepare the way for language and math; the use of all-natural materials protects the child’s innate wonder about God’s creation.  Students in Montessori are free to choose any work for which they have been presented a “lesson” and demonstrate the “method” as taught.  The adults in the classroom are “guides” rather than traditional teachers, guiding by gently directing the child’s inner drive to know and understand.  The language and math materials in the Montessori environment scale through the first grade, allowing a child to spend an additional year in the environment if it is better suited for his or her development.

At home, we have minimal required work in order to give parents much freedom in choosing how to order the day.  We provide detailed instruction on complementing the Montessori work at home during our co-teacher training in August.  1-2 hours of work is typical for this stage.

Bethlehem

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First Communicants and their Catechesis of the Good Shepherd instructor.

 

Bethlehem is our grammar stage, about grades 1-4.  At the grammar stage, instruction focuses on the student’s natural desire to absorb knowledge of the world.  Most instruction is narrative in nature and allows the student to acquire the vocabulary needed for later learning.  Memorization, nomenclature, poetry and song are important in this stage.  Within the Bethlehem environment we can accommodate a multitude of learning abilities, understanding that children are highly individual in their intellectual growth at this time.  Parents are very involved in the homeschooling at this age, sitting with their child and tutoring side-by-side.  About 3 hours of required work at home is typical.

 

Nazareth

First Place team the Hobytes.

First place robotics team.

Nazareth is our logic stage, about grades 5-8.

 

Tabor

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Investigations into chemistry.

Tabor is the rhetoric or high school stage.