The daily classroom curriculum includes a wealth of subject matter based on the the history of the world and biological evolution since prehistoric times. This is presented using illustrated time lines. Humankind time on Earth is divided into epochs and students trace the development of society through the means of meeting the basic needs of humans. The areas of possible study for each child are limited only by the child’s interests.
A music specialist meets weekly with each class. Students work on music skills and knowledge as well as performances for school events. In addition, students enjoy taking field trips to concerts, musicals, and operas in the community. Professional musicians visit the classrooms to perform.
Lina Trigos, a native Spanish speaker from Colombia and professor at the University of Missouri, visits each class weekly to conduct Spanish classes. The oldest students at WSMS have been studying Spanish up to 7 years.
Visiting Artist Program – Each month an artist from the field of visual arts, literature or the performing arts – music, drama, dance, and film, will visit the classroom to demonstrate his/her art and technique and if possible help the children experiment with the techniques used. Visits to local galleries and exhibits supplement the program. At the end of the school year an Art Walk is taken to tour the arts venues in downtown Columbia. The program functions with the support from a parent committee.
Outdoor study is an important part of the WSMS curriculum. Maria Montessori believed that children at a young age could learn to appreciate and care for the natural world around them. Our playground is designed to be a “naturescape,” incorporating as many natural materials as possible, including hills, grassy areas, water, and rocks as well as tree trunks and branches as natural climbing structures. Botany, biology, and ecology are important areas of study, while students focus on elements such as well as biomes, the atmosphere, and organic gardening. Outdoor daylong expeditions are taken throughout the year to local creeks, rivers, and parks.
Gymnastics Express, a gymnastics class, held in a traveling remodeled school bus operated by Kathy and Jeff Connors, comes to WSMS once a week.
WSMS Track Club will be open to all students. Activities include training, races, and volunteering at Columbia Track Club events.
Each week the WSMS Chess Club meets under the direction of an experienced chess coach and tournament veteran. In addition, the club competes successfully in local and state tournaments.
WSMS has developed Go!Windsor to encourage physical activity, reading, and community service. Throughout the school year, each student will complete 26 books, run 26 miles—a mile at a time—and perform 26 good deeds. About half of these activities are performed with a student’s class or the whole school. The rest are performed independently with the help of the family. The final mile is run at an area park with an all-school picnic and field-day following.