Our program at the Horizon Community School offers a culturally competent, Montessori-inspired课程, specially designed to nurture the cherished stage of early childhood in a vibrant and nurturing environment.
Guided by the experienced and compassionate hands of our teachers, 上学日促进认知, 社会, and emotional development through a joyful exploration filled with 好奇心, 想知道, 和创造力. Exploration of the senses and activities to advance practical life skills is emphasized, along with the acquisition of language and mathematical skills. Sensorial materials are rotated frequently and become increasingly complex throughout the year, encouraging children to explore the world at their own pace through an array of engaging activities, 有目的地设计，以激发兴趣, 发展粗大和精细的运动技能, 以及独立性. Imaginative play is more than just play here; it's a part of the curriculum that makes learning fun and purposeful.
Central to our program is a sense of community and belonging that 创建s a safe space for children to learn 和成长. By fostering 社会 awareness through mastering foundational skills such as listening, 协作, 的时间, 情感识别, 解决冲突, our young learners are guided in becoming responsible members of the community. As Pre-Schoolers graduate to Kindergarten and the Lower School program, they carry with them a strong foundation for upcoming academic learning, 井然有序的:因秩序感而丰富的, 好奇心, 以及对社区和社会意识的承诺. 自信且有准备, they are ready to take the next step in their developmental journey, equipped not just to participate in the world but to actively explore and inquire about it, embodying the Montessori-inspired principles that have been lovingly instilled in them.
Horizon Community School applies a Montessori pedagogy to its early childhood curriculum, 哪一种侧重于语言发展, 运动, 社会情感成长, 文化能力. Montessori principles are evident in the classroom materials, 教室布置, and the teacher's orientation as a guide following the individual child. 当引入其他项目时, 例如读者工作坊, they are applied using the Montessori framework of "demonstrate, 实践, 和掌握."
A 6-week summer program is thematic and more recreational than the rest of the school year.
Parents are required to attend monthly evening education events. 话题包括学校的课程, theories and style; tools for consistency between school and home; and moderated discussion where parents develop and share their voices. This approach reflects our belief that parents will respond and be involved if they are met with respect as partners. We believe this approach will lead to stronger parent advocacy and leadership skills.
HCS recognizes that each child brings a unique cultural background to the classroom including heritage, 种族, 家庭环境.
Teachers look for ways to acknowledge and emphasize changing cultural contributions. Though predominantly African American, multiple cultures are represented and appreciated. 例如, 目前, they regularly sing different versions of the ABC song and the Happy Birthday song; both the traditional versions sung in most classrooms and versions with rhythms more readily recognized in many of their students' homes.
为了庆祝马丁·路德·金. 一天, teachers invite parents to share a historical peacemaker or figure who is significant to their family and a name their child will recognize. 在课堂庆祝活动中, teachers will name these figures alongside MLK and others more routinely honored.
Additional professionals help identify and treat health and learning issues, 为家庭提供关键的早期干预. These include a speech and language therapist; an occupational therapist; and a 社会 worker that provides one-on-one play therapy with children in the classroom twice each week.
每天的日程安排包括循环时间, 音乐和故事, 独立课堂作业时间, 在游戏时间, 和睡眠.
The weekly schedule includes a trip to the local library, 艺术与音乐, 感觉运动发育, and Spanish language and physical education lessons with Marin Horizon 工作人员.
To accommodate working parents, Horizon Community School (HCS) is open from 7:30 a.m. 至下午五点半.m. 每个工作日，一年11个月. HCS remains open during President’s Week and Spring Break, in contrast to most preschools.
"Horizon Community School has been a lifesaver for my family. I love that my child attends a school that embodies diversity in the curriculum, 工作人员, 学生群体. Being around teachers and students who look like her provides her with self-confidence, 她很繁荣!"
教师 & 工作人员
The faculty are more than just educators; they are committed mentors and advocates, specially attuned to the needs and potential of the children and families they serve. These dedicated professionals recognize the unique challenges and strengths of each child, 提供个性化的关注和鼓励. But their mission goes beyond academics; they serve as life coaches, 养育孩子, 和值得信赖的盟友, helping these young children explore their world with 好奇心 and self-assurance. 他们的方法具有变革性, creating a safe and empowering environment where children are encouraged to learn, 创建, 和成长. Their dedication and expertise provide the essential building blocks that will support these children as they begin their journey of lifelong learning. 真正的奇迹发生在他们的教室里, 因为它们塑造的不仅仅是思想, 但是心和性格, preparing these children for a future filled with promise and achievement.