A Typical Day...
The Welcome Hour
Families are welcome to be a part of their children’s classrooms for the first hour of the day, helping them settle in, seeing firsthand what their kids are working on, and developing a personal connection with classroom activities.
Much of Juniper’s success is built on our culture of relationships and mutual respect. To nurture this culture, Connection Circle helps students remain engaged and focused using unique tools, like restorative justice practices, teacher involvement, and mindfulness observed and reinforced throughout the day.
Montessori Work Periods
Students are encouraged to choose a work that interests them and meets their distinctive learning needs. Juniper utilizes individualized Student Learning Contracts to help guide students in their learning journey, while our low teacher-to-student ratio and small classroom sizes allow for individualized attention.
Juniper has the coolest electives! Every day of the week, students participate in a different activity, including but not limited to art, Stillwater Music classes, yoga, swimming, nutrition education, drought science, Latin, and more!
Lunch and Outdoor Recess
With a focus on social learning, Juniper practices “Montessori lunch” with real materials, like plates and cloth napkins, and plenty of time to eat and connect with one another. After lunch, students enjoy one of two daily outdoor recesses, ensuring they have unstructured breaks in the day to stretch and flex their bodies and social skills. This free time features supervised, safe spaces to play and explore on our new 4-acre campus.
Juniper students dig deep into topics! Every 5-6 weeks, new concepts and “Habits of the Heart” are explored, allowing students to delve into concepts and create unique projects that represent what they have learned. Elementary poetry slam, anyone?
Math and Science
Real-world application takes math and science learning to the next level. Accessible experiments, Montessori math, and 21st-century instruction methods launch kids into the world of STEAM with joy and passion.
End of Day
At Juniper, we end the day the way we began: deeply rooted in connection and relationships. A closing circle wraps up the day and brings kids back to mindfulness and appreciation for themselves, their peers, and their school community.