provides students the following co-curricular activities:
and the Arts Music and art are integrated
daily in a variety of ways in every class, with dedicated materials for music instruction. All students from Toddlers to Elementary participate in the annual Holiday Sing, a musical performance held at the University of Redlands just before the winter holidays. Elementary students engage in the dramatic arts
(plays and musicals) as a standard part of the Elementary
MIR also makes space available for piano and violin lessons provided by an independent teacher. The school is equipped with several pianos. Finally, Elementary students have the option to participate in dance class in the fall semester and choir in the spring semester. Dance class participants perform in the Holiday Sing.
Languages Following the Montessori tenet of self-directed learning, MIR provides Rosetta Stone free to all students (and staff) to learn
Spanish. Rosetta Stone is made available for both in-class and at-home study. In addition, MIR makes space available for language instruction in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese for students ages 3-9. This instruction is provided by independent provider Lango and requires separate registration and fees.
Computer Instruction Once the child has mastered basic skills, usually around
third grade, computers are introduced as a valuable tool
for work and research. All Elementary classrooms
include computers that are accessible to the students. Students with specific learning
challenges use the computer at an earlier age when it is
determined necessary to support their learning. Computer
use guidelines are in place and use is monitored
through our proxy server.
Physical Education and Sports
The type and duration of physical education is determined on
a program-by-program basis. Students of all ages receive some form of
physical education daily and one yoga class per week. Our PE
program includes sports skills; health and nutrition; and cooperative,
team-building games. In addition to its soccer field, basketball court, and running track, the school has a labyrinth to provide a space for peaceful reflection. As with other schools, playgrounds are separated for the different age groups and provide equipment to support the appropriate level of physical development for each group.
is offered weekly to all students. Students engage in
movement, balance, stretching, and breathing activities
that teach body control, discipline, and calming
Running Club Led by Primary teacher Jean
Bonner-Drinkwine and Elementary teacher Emily Fitzgerald,
the running club meets every Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. Children
ages 6 and older are welcome to join, as are their parents. (Children dropped off for Running Club are not charged for childcare.) The Running Club participates in the Run through Redlands and the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational each year.
Education and Cooking Students are taught
about nutrition in PE and in class
on a regular basis. Each
class has access to a kitchen for food preparation instruction..
classes have plants and outside gardens and students are
involved in plant care. Many students are taught to cook
with the harvests from their garden. In addition, the school has an all-school garden that all classes take turns in maintaining.
Life Training Each class has
a specially prepared environment that allows for the
children to practice life skills appropriate to their
developmental stage. These skills range from tying shoes and buttoning shirts to ironing, cleaning, cooking and many more practical skills all children need on their journey to independence.
Care All classes have animals
and students are involved in their daily care, including
feeding, providing water, and cleaning them and their living environments.
Care All classes have lessons on the
proper care of the classroom. Respect for Montessori
materials and the classroom environment are an integral
part of the Montessori curriculum