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The Sunrise Montessori Academy Parent Handbook

Parent Handbook 2016-2017

Welcome to Sunrise Montessori Academy of Independence, llc. We are so pleased that you have enrolled your child into our school. We believe you will find our school to be a fun and desirable place for your child. We look forward to getting to know you and your child better while working as partners with you during this early education process. 

To help get you better acquainted with our school, we have put together this School Handbook. This information is a collection of the most important items a Sunrise family should know and have access to throughout the year. Please read it, and keep it as a resource. If you have any questions, feel free to let us know. We wish for this to be a positive experience for you and your whole family, so don't hesitate to let us know if you have a question. 
The education of your child will require involvement from each of us. It is truly a partnership. Some families may volunteer, others may wish to donate items, or visit our class to share some area of your interest or expertise. The more your child sees you are involved and interested in his/her education, the more s/he will become interested, resulting in success!! 
Again, thank you so much for being here with us. Let's have a happy, healthy, and productive year together. 
Sunrise Montessori Academy of Independence owners, 
Lori Smart & Stephen Ward


Mission Statement: 

It is our mission to provide a nurturing environment with endless opportunities of exploration and to cultivate within each child a natural desire to learn each and every day throughout their life. 



The core curriculum of Sunrise includes the Montessori Method, Lessons in Living and Global Peace. Together, they weave through all the many varied programs and activities that help children experience and relate to self, society and the universe as a whole. This is the intrinsic fabric of Sunrise. The three components of the core curriculum are integrally related and together form a wheel that guides the entire Sunrise program and the development of the whole child. 


Montessori Method 

For over a century, the approach pioneered by Maria Montessori, Italian physician and educator, has consistently fostered self -confidence, self-esteem and genuine joy of learning in our young people. In addition, Montessori students develop such important capabilities as a love of order, and appreciation of silence and the ability to make choices. 

In Montessori education, it is the process, not the product that is key to learning. From startup to completion, the student experiences a sequence and chronology of thought, movement and consequence that can be transferred to all areas of life. The Montessori Method provides the groundwork for individual self-awareness and self-appreciation. 

Sunrise Montessori provides early education at the Primary level (ages 2 ½ to 5 years old). These children freely explore new areas of interest by experiencing a variety of attractive materials. They work at their own pace during the Montessori work time within the following areas: 

  • Practical Life 
    • Activities include basic processes such as cutting, sweeping, washing, pouring, dusting and polishing in categories: Care of Self, the environment as well as Grace and Courtesy. 
  • Sensorial 
    • Exercises use the senses, including smelling, hearing, tasting, touching, etc. Concepts include basic geometric shapes and the complete color spectrum.
  • Math 
    • Activities introduce the concept of the base 10 number system, number symbols of the number system, mastering concepts of teen and tens, basic addition and subtraction. Other activities include fractions; skip counting, multiplication, division, and geometry. These skills are practiced using hands on manipulatives which help children understand these concepts, first very concrete and later applying them in the abstract. 
  • Language 
    • Activities include sequencing items by size or color, working with a movable alphabet and sandpaper letters. Reading activities are introduced through a series of phonetic activities. Writing is introduced using metal insets along with work to strengthen the hands and tracing sandpaper letters and writing in sand.