Pre-Primary & Kindergarten - Half Day Program

The half-day sessions are from 9:00am -11:30am or 12:30pm - 3:00pm

The Montessori half-day sessions provide the traditional Montessori curriculum in a well prepared, aesthetically pleasing environment. The environment invites the child to work alone or in a small group allowing them to build concentration and social skills. Appropriate lessons will be given individually and in small groups in the areas of math and language, with an emphasis on the individual needs of each child. Core science and geography, social and cultural studies, art, music, Spanish, French, poetry and literature are an integrated part of the curriculum, exposing children to all subject matter. Time is allowed each day for circle activities, snack, grace and courtesy lessons, and outdoor play.

"The most important period of a life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to age six."
M. Montessori

Latchkey may be added either before or after either of the above sessions. There is also an extended hour for lunch/recess from 11:30-12:30 for half day children.

Pre-Primary & Kindergarten - Full Day Program

The full day session is from 9:00am - 3:00pm.

The environment and curriculum of the Full Day program is much the same as the Half Day program in the morning, with a greater emphasis on more relaxing studies in the areas of science, geography, social and cultural studies in the afternoon. The Full Day allows the child the opportunity to explore these areas in detail, or time to complete the work they have started in the morning. This continual whole language approach gives the child a sense of continuity and integration of all subject matter.

Kindergarten has always been an integral part of the Montessori program. Younger children absorb knowledge best from other children. The older child benefits from learning and practicing leadership skills, gaining self-confidence and conversational skills.

"A child is master of what he has learned when he can teach it to another."
M. Montessori

Time is allowed each day for lunch, recess, and a story or rest period if needed. Latchkey may be added before and/or after the Full Day Montessori session.

Curriculum and Program Information

CURRICULUM (Preschool and Kindergarten):

Our curriculum is both academic and developmental, consisting of age appropriate activities in Practical Life 1), Sensorial 2) , Mathematics 3), Language 4), Science, Geography, Social Studies, Spanish, French and Fine Arts 5) Read more below *.The carefully prepared Montessori environment in each complete classroom includes the self-correcting Montessori manipulatives which allow the child to learn by challenging themselves. Concentration, Independence, Coordination and a Sense of Order are developed without the need for adult intervention. This promotes a feeling of success within the child and strengthens the self-esteem. These are key factors to developing within the child a love of learning.

We adhere to the Montessori Method and Montessori Philosophy. Our teachers are Certified Montessori Teachers with a college education and training in the developmental education of preschool and kindergarten age children.

Montessori Philosophy "prepares children for life", not just the next academic level, by cultivating within the child his own natural curiosity and desire to learn. It recognizes the child's ability to absorb from the environment that which he needs to develop the tools for lifelong learning, a process which continues outside of the classroom. This environment includes the prepared environment of the classroom, the home environment and nature's environment.

The Montessori Method is an individual approach in which the teachers are trained to recognize each child's individual needs through careful observation. In this way the teacher can provide challenging academic, social and emotional experiences in a carefully prepared environment. This environment not only includes the hands-on manipulatives that Montessori is famous for, but includes activities and experiences in art, music, drama, field trips and social interactions. Thus, the child acquires information at his own pace, in a natural and joyful manner that is satisfying to them