Accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year! Please call for a tour and application 918-622-2890.

Part of our application process involves an interview of each student.  The tour and interview serve to determine whether Undercroft is a good fit for your child.  Should you decide to apply you will need to submit a completed application to Amy.Langham@Undercroft.org.  Once we receive a completed application, with photo and fee, we will contact you to schedule an interview. Download the 2013-2014 Undercroft Montessori Welcome Packet.Tulsa Kids Maggie March 2014

 

Accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year! Please call for a tour and application 918-622-2890.

Part of our application process involves an interview of each student.  The tour and interview serve to determine whether Undercroft is a good fit for your child.  Should you decide to apply you will need to submit a completed application.  Once we receive a completed application, with photo and fee, we will contact you to schedule an interview. Download the 2013-2014 Undercroft Montessori Welcome Packet.

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The Montessori Method

At Undercroft, children benefit from all the elements of an authentic Montessori education.

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• More than a teacher, each child has a guide. In the Montessori method, the teacher is referred to as a “guide.” A guide spends a great deal of time preparing the classroom, constantly customizing it to the current interests of the children. She observes while the child works and is careful not to interrupt, allowing him the satisfaction of his own discovery.

• Children learn in a prepared environment.
You may feel like a bit of a giant in an Undercroft primary or elementary classroom, which is truly a child-sized world. The materials are specially designed to have visual and tactile appeal. Many are made from natural materials; all are beautiful in their simplicity. Above all, the materials are made to be self-correcting. The child finds her own way to success and allows the guide to guide, rather than correct or criticize.

The materials are arranged in easy-to-carry baskets and trays, and organized on low shelves. Children are free to select their own work, take it to a table or a mat on the floor, work until they are satisfied, then replace the work and choose another. Each child relates only to her previous work, and her progress is not compared with others’.

The prepared environment does three things:
• It puts a child at ease by giving her freedom to select the work that interests her
• It fosters a sense of responsibility and independence
• It provides a sense of order and enhances the child’s security

Even at the middle school level, the classroom is carefully prepared for the academic, physical and emotional development of the adolescent. The continued interdisciplinary nature of Montessori middle school studies dictates that all materials, computers, reference books, supplies and equipment be near at hand. Students and guides work together to maintain an organized, open workspace conducive to both concentration and inspiration!

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• Children learn the value of peacefulness. From the tender age of 3, Montessori children are taught the importance of personal responsibility and of respect for others. They are given more choices to make, so they learn to deal with the natural consequences of those choices. As self-confidence soars, each child develops an inner peace that helps her meet life’s challenges and embrace life’s opportunities.

Simply put, our students are kind to one another. They accommodate one another’s differences matter of- factly. When a child accidentally spills something, there are no jeers. He just gets the broom as another child gets the dustpan, calmly cleaning up together.

As students mature, daily student-run class meetings present opportunities to employ problem-solving and conflict resolution techniques. Day by day, year by year, the students learn the value of respecting one another.

When every child believes in himself, there is no competition. When there is true peace present in the classroom, there is more room for the fun and excitement of learning.

• Children learn with children of different ages.
Dr. Montessori observed what recent research has borne out – children learn most effectively from their peers. Montessori classes are formed by grouping children by approximate 3-year age spans, based on stages of development. Thus a 3-year-old will share a class with 6-year-olds, 6-year-olds with 9-year-olds, and so on.

Amazing things happen when classes are structured this way. The older children teach the younger – often without even realizing it. As the older child teaches, he reinforces his knowledge. The younger children watch, wide-eyed, taking it all in. The older learn patience; the younger learn respect. this can help enhance their sibling relationships at home and better prepare them to take on the world!

Who is Maria Montessori?

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Supposing I said there was a planet without schools or teachers, study was unknown, and yet the inhabitants – doing nothing but living and walking about – came to know all things, to carry in their minds the whole of learning: would you not think I was romancing? Well, just this, which seems so fanciful as to be nothing but the invention of a fertile imagination, is a reality. It is the child’s way of learning. This is the path he follows. He learns everything without knowing he is learning it, and in doing so passes little from the unconscious to the conscious, treading always in the paths of joy and love. –Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori was born in Italy in1870.  Always a bit ahead of her time, Maria became the first woman in Italy to earn a medical degree…knowledge which she later relied upon heavily when working in the fields of psychiatry, education and anthropology.

Dr. Montessori believed in the innate potential of all children and opposed the idea that children are tabla rasas (blank slates) waiting to be written upon. In her work at the University of Rome psychiatric clinic, she grew into a passionate advocate of children with special needs…ones who were culturally cast out from the rest of society…as she discovered that all children are reachable when adults are willing to adapt their methods to meet the needs of the children.

In 1907 Maria began her most important work among “normal” children on the outskirts of Rome in a slum area called San Lorenzo.  Maria took charge of fifty impoverished children who lived together in a home called Casa dei Bambini (House of Children).  Over time, Maria’s ways of working with the children of Casa dei Bambini attracted the attention of Italian educators, who began to call upon her as a consultant to the greater Italian education system.  Dr. Montessori’s methodology gained significant influence in Italy and within a short period of time spread beyond the Italian border to many nations. Today, Montessori is an educational option available around the globe.

Dr. Montessori’s message to those who apply her educational methods was always to turn one’s attention to the child, to “follow the child”. The child’s choice, practical work, care of others and the environment, and the high levels of concentration reached when work is respected and not interrupted, reveal a human being that is superior not only academically, but emotionally and spiritually, a child who cares deeply about other people and the world, and who works to discover a unique and individual way to contribute. This is the essence of real “Montessori” work today.

Before and After School Enrichment

*For a complete list of After School Enrichment please see the UNDERscore page at http://undercroft.org/underscore.*

In order to assure the highest level of care is provided for our children, Undercroft offers a wide range of after school enrichment programs.  We also realize the drain extracurricular activities can have on parents and children. So, rather than fill up one’s week with driving to activities scattered in various locations around Tulsa, why not consider enrolling in any one of Undercroft’s wonderful before and/or after school options? Although most programs have already begun, it isn’t too late to join.

images Before Care is available for those children whose parents need to drop them off to school prior to 8am.  In Before Care children are allowed to eat their breakfasts and to ease into their mornings.  Primary Before Care is provided by each child’s guide in their classroom and Elementary Before Care is provided by Lower Elementary guides in a roation. Look for the green Before Care sign for the correct classroom beginning at 7:30 a.m. each morning.

After Care is a favorite among Undercroft children.  To quote one child: “Hey, Dad, can’t you pick me up later so I can go to After Care with my friends?”  After Care begins at 3:15 p.m. and ends promptly at 5:30 p.m. During this time children are allowed to relax after a long, hard-working day in the Montessori classroom.  They are provided a nutritious snack, time with friends, outdoor play time on the playscape (weather permitting) and fun indoor activities.

IMG_9442After Care is organized according to age and grade level.  Primary After Care is held in a primary classroom with easy access to the playscape.  Lower Elementary After Care is in the Fine Arts Building.

Upper Elementary After Care is caters to the specific needs of this age group.  Students in the program are able to complete homework assignments and receive extra individualized lessons in the various subject areas.  Students also have access to outdoor free time with friends.

images-2Yoga for Children
These yoga classes are specifically designed for children.  Each class begins with a series of stretching and breathing exercises, proceeds to yoga postures and concludes with a relaxation exercise.  Benefits include increased flexibility, strength, balance, concentration, coordination, stress reduction, a sense of accomplishment and, above all, a sense of well-being and peacefulness.

Classes are led by Misti Vekas.  Classes for 4-6 year olds (Primary students) will be held on Mondays from 3:05 – 3:40 p.m. in the Primary Music Room.  Classes for 6-12 year olds (Elementary students) will be held on Tuesdays from 3:20 – 4:05 p.m. in the Primary Music Room.

Classes fill quickly and are limited to 14 children due to space restrictions.  If you have any questions please contact Misti Vekas at 918-230-4977.

images-3Piano Lessons
Teresa Mossburg provides piano lessons to Undercroft students on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday in the Primary Music Room.  Tuition is $60/month for weekly 30-minute lessons.  Contact Teresa Mossuburg at (918) 671-2573or teresa.mossburg@undercroft.org for more information.

 

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Undercroft students ages 3-8 are eligible to play.  Each team will be comprised of 6-8 players and includes one volunteer team representative/coach.  Saturday Soccer Events will consist of a 30-minute skills clinic for all participants and a 30-minute 4-on-4 soccer game.  Saturday Soccer Events will be scheduled for 10-11 a.m. on the field directly north of the Undercroft campus. Don’t be surprised if you meet children and parents from other private schools in Tulsa because Undercroft soccer is a very exciting Saturday morning program for many families. League cost is $45/student.  This fee includes a t-shirt, team pictures and a trophy.

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Ms. Maiko Kasparek is offering Japanese lessons!  Young children are in a sensitive period for language, so learning multiple languages usually happens very quickly and easily.  In Ms. Maiko’s class, children will learn how to attach words to real immediate objects, events and actions.  Maiko uses visuals such as puppets, models and pictures as a concrete, multi-sensory approach to language develpment.

The class will meet in her classroom on Monday from 3:15 – 4:00 p.m.  If you have any questions please contact Maiko at 918-269-3771 or maiko.kasparek@undercroft.org.

images-6Guitar Lessons
Mr. Justin Kasparek is offering individualized half hour and one hour guitar lessons on a weekly basis.  Every person is different in the way that he/she learns to play, so Mr. Justin develops a lesson plan for each individual student.  Technique is the first obstacle that students learn because a firm foundation in proper playing is key to later on understanding music theory, and how to read music.  To accomplish this firm foundation, Mr. Justin employ scales, rhythm studies, and songs that the student enjoys (this is purely for fun)! To enroll please contact Justin at 918-812-5293 or justin.kasparek@undercroft.org.

Please note that enrollment space is limited in each Enrichment Class.  Enrollment will be honored on a first come, first served basis.  Most classes are still open to new students. Enrichment classes will be offered only with sufficient enrollment.

*For a complete list of After School Enrichment please see the UNDERscore page at http://undercroft.org/underscore.*