Thank you for your interest in Cornerstone. We believe children are a gift from God and we are honored that you would consider trusting us with yours. Before getting started with the enrollment process, we would like to tell you a little bit about who we are.
Cornerstone is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2005. The original aim of Cornerstone was to provide a Bible-based educational environment to the Bastrop community. For over a decade, Cornerstone High School did just that. However, after seeing a bigger need for Christian education at younger grades, we restructured our organization in 2019.
In August of 2019, Cornerstone started offering programs for toddlers and kindergarteners, and Cornerstone High School became Cornerstone Christian Academy. The plan was to adapt to the needs of our community and then grow with our families. Cornerstone still aims to provide a Bible-based educational environment to the Bastrop community. We have just changed the way we are accomplishing that goal.
We were truly blessed in the first year after restructuring and want to continue growing with our families. For this reason, we decided to launch a first through third grade program in August of 2020. Cornerstone now offers a Christian educational environment for toddlers through third grade. Below is a brief summary of why we exist, what’s important to us, and what we want to accomplish together. We hope this will help you make the best decision for your child.
Mission: To help parents lay a foundation for their children to build meaningful lives upon.
Values: Christianity, personal responsibility, collaboration, curiosity, and character.
Vision: Our goal is to foster a vibrant, faith-based toddler through twelfth grade community that helps parents teach and equip their children with the knowledge and resources their children need in order to go live excellent and meaningful lives that positively impact Bastrop, its surrounding communities, and the world.
What is The Montessori Method?
Dr. Maria Montessori discovered that children had an innate desire to discover the world around them. She used her scientific background to observe what engaged the children and desired to understand how they learned so she could facilitate their learning. She immersed herself in educational psychology, philosophy, and anthropology. Through her studies, she created a method of education that allowed the child to take charge of their own learning, supported by the adult and the environment. She discovered that children have a natural desire to learn and can excel when hands-on, concrete learning experiences are provided. The Montessori Method is still used today on all continents but Antarctica.
The Prepared Environment
The environment is carefully prepared by the guide (teacher) who facilitates the desires of the child through careful observation. The child is provided opportunities at just the right level to challenge them while allowing them to be successful. Each lesson is carefully prepared and complete with all the tools the child will need to be successful. Materials are made from natural materials as they are safe to put in their mouths, lovely to tough, and the weight of the object is more likely to be directly related to its size. The activities have a work cycle composed of a beginning, middle, and end. The uninterrupted 3 hour work period is respected in the Early Childhood environment and a 2 uninterrupted work period is respected in the Toddler environment. The prepared space is simple and beautiful. The furnishings are child-sized and promote independence.
There are five key learning areas of Montessori: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, and Culture.
Practical life allows the child to help care for the classroom, themselves, their classmates, and the environment.
Care of Self (dressing, washing, food preparation)
Care of Environment (caring for plants, caring for pets, cleaning, environmentalism)
Grace and Courtesy (manners, respect, greetings, social interaction)
Control of movement (refining gross and fine motor skills, art, quiet movements)
They care for plants, prepare food, learn to pour, spoon, tong, tweeze, sew, and clean. The many activities provided in practical life prepare the child for handwriting and math as they build hand strength, gain control of fine motor skills, and learn to follow multistep procedures.
Sensorial allows the child to discover using all of their senses. Through the use of taste (gustatory), touch (tactile), sound (auditory), smell (olfactory), movement (kinesthetics), and sound (auditory) by manipulating carefully designed materials. Through sharpening the senses the child gains a rich understanding of the world around them. The sensorial exercises help prepare the child for mathematics.
Language allows the child to continue to grow their vocabulary, learn phonetic sounds, read, and write. Students explore language through hands-on and tactile materials such as the moveable alphabet, sandpaper letters, objects, and cards.
Math is used to discover numeration, place value, the power of ten, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions through beads, blocks, spindles, and other various objects. The child is able to manipulate the materials until they gain an understanding of the concepts being taught and are encouraged to discover on their own.
Culture allows the child to discover the world around them. It includes:
Geography (Solar System, earth layers, continents, landforms)
Botany (classification, ecology, physiology of plants)
Zoology (physiology of animals, classification)
History (timelines, using a calendar)
We let the child lead their education at a pace in which they feel comfortable. It is about the journey, not the destination.