STEM – kindergarten Class
Science; Technology; Engineering; Mathematics;
Introduce your child to STEM early, Give them unlimited advantage
The Kindergarten STEM program is designed to encourage an early interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through a variety of lessons and activities. The work provides varied and interesting activities that keep the child’s attention through a hands on approach and demonstrate the interconnections between the four basic disciplines by using them together in each activity
Session One: The Physical World / Forces and Motion
Students learn about electricity and basic electronics through the construction of an electronic device designed and built by the students to perform some task in the classroom. The device’s use and effectiveness is then studied using the scientific method.
Session Two: Electricity
Students are introduced to electricity and magnetism through hands on experiments. Students conduct experiments including building their own electromagnets, generators and electric motors. Electronic control circuits are explored with engaging applications including electric vehicles such as model trucks and drones.
Session Three: Properties of Matter
Students develop an understanding of the properties of various materials in various states (solid, liquid, gas). Students learn to identify and define matter in various states by observation, and how to compare and contrast those materials. Transitions from one state of matter to another are explored with various physical and chemical reaction experiments.
Session Four: Scientific Method
Students become familiar with the scientific method through conducting a variety of exercises in which the scientific method is followed to explore observations. Students are taught all of the steps of the scientific method, and that to go back to previous steps based on new information is part of the process. The class picks their own topics to apply the scientific method to.
What Parents are Saying
Parent /Gaurdian on Greatschools.org
We’ve been part of the RMS community for the past 8 years, and both my children have absolutely thrived at the school (one is in kindergarten there now, and the other was there through third grade). The teachers are dedicated and caring, the schoolwork is interesting and challenging, and the specials offered are excellent (French, art, music, etc). The school truly feels like one big family, and it’s a really nurturing environment for kids of all ages and backgrounds. I especially like the cultural diversity of the school, and the fact that the teachers and staff do such a good job honoring and teaching about a wide variety of holidays and cultural practices. In reading some of the other reviews, I have to clarify that the school *has* had quite an effective COVID mitigation strategy in place. What the previous poster neglected to say is that the teacher/student COVID cases mentioned in that post were literally the only two COVID cases in the school all year. The school *did* indeed communicate those cases to the entire school via email. RMS went to great lengths, in fact, to minimize class size and create new teaching pods in favor of smaller groups when COVID first started. They also have hand sanitizer everywhere, kids wash their hands often, and all staff and students wear masks indoors. Overall, we truly love the school and feel that it’s been a great, supportive environment that’s helped both our kids become the best version of themselves from an academic, social and emotional perspective.
A review by parent on greatschool.org
My children have been at Reston Montessori (RMS) since they were only a few months old. After touring many schools in the area, from the moment we walked into RMS it was nurturing, kind, welcoming, adaptable, and have gone above and beyond for our children. The RMS teachers and staff are not only excellent and nurturing teachers but the curriculum and structure is far and above others. We have also experiencing some issues with the owner, but my children are not learning from the owner, they are learning and with teachers and their peers everyday. I would also add in the five years we have been at RMS my children have not experienced any turnover in teachers or aides in the classroom.