Pre-School & Kindergarten

Here children learn and play in a peaceful yet stimulating environment which is prepared for their developmental stage.

Our Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms provide a rich environment that extends the child’s experience and widens his or her grasp of such things as history, geography, science, language, math, music, and art. Students are also introduced to our enrichment programs as part of their daily activities.

Preschool program options include a 5 day, 3 day, or 2 day program with optional before & after care available. 

Kindergarten students are required to participate in a 5 day program during the academic year; with optional before & after care available.

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Preschool/Kindergarten Curriculum:

Practical Life

The exercises of Practical Life provide the foundation for all other activities in the Montessori classroom.  These exercises foster independence in daily living using materials that refine skills in areas such as pouring, cleaning, sewing, food preparation, hammering, opening/closing, twisting, gardening, grace and courtesy. Refinement of these skills contribute to the child’s control and coordination of movement, development of concentration, and the self-esteem that comes with being able to independently master his or her environment. It is through the development of these skills that the child prepares to engage in reading, language, math and other academic exercises. Practical Life materials may include:

  • Pitchers
  • Funnels
  • Cups, Bowls & Dishes
  • Spoons, Scoops & Ladles
  • Tongs & Chopsticks
  • Basins & Buckets
  • Towels & Sponges
  • Brushes & Dustpans
  • Bottles & Jars
  • Dressing Frames: Lacing, Snaps, Buttons etc.
  • Hammers/Tools
  • Gardening pails & shovels, etc.

Sensorial

Beginning at birth and extending to approximately age six, children are highly focused on the sensory impressions they receive from their environment. They use this information to explore and make sense of the world around them. A careful selection of items of different textures, colors, sizes, and geometric shapes helps children discover relationships using skills such as matching, sorting, grading, classifying, and sequencing. These skills indirectly prepare students for future exploration of mathematics, language, geometry, art and music. Sensorial materials may include:

  • Visuals – knobbed cylinders, knob less cylinders, block towers, long rods, geometric solids
  • Tactile – rough and smooth boards
  • Auditory – sound cylinders and bells
  • Olfactory – smelling cylinders
  • Gustatory – tasting tray

Language

Words are used as labels for our experiences; thus, every classroom is designed to provide students with a rich and varied experience that encourages a well-rounded means of expression. The transition to reading and writing is dependent on a strong vocabulary that is, in turn, dependent on the child’s experiences. Through language and exploration, the child will be able to express thoughts and understand and interpret the thoughts of others. Language materials and concepts may include:

  • Books for early & emerging readers
  • Vocabulary & Rhythmic work
  • Sandpaper letters
  • Language objects
  • Moveable Alphabet
  • Reading Theory
  • Parts of Speech

Mathematics

All along, the child has been preparing his/her mathematical mind through the use of materials found in practical life and sensorial exercises within the classroom. It was within these activities that concepts were introduced that helped develop a child’s natural inclination to organize, sort, classify, and abstract. With hands-on activities and progressive interactive materials, the child is further prepared to focus on mathematical concepts and abstractions. Mathematical concepts and materials may include:

Concepts:

  • Introduction to Numbers
  • Decimal System
  • Teens and Tens
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Passage to Abstraction
  • Multiplication & Fractions
  • Memory work

Materials:

  • Rods
  • Various Boards/Pegs/Discs
  • Sand Paper Numerals
  • Spindle Boxes
  • Beads & Bead Chains
  • Games/Bank Game, Stamp Game
  • Puzzles

Geography & Culture

Students learn about environments as they study the outward appearances of things such as land and sea formations. They also  learn about how humans have adapted to all of the earth’s environments. Students study continents and countries, as well as basic human needs and the existence of languages, traditions, transportation, celebrations and art. Through the study of geography and culture, children not only begin to see the uniqueness of cultures, but also come to understand how much we all have in common. Geography concepts and materials may include:

  • People and places
  • Globes
  • Continents
  • Land & Sea formations
  • Flags, Charts & Maps
  • Puzzles/Puzzle maps
  • Animals
  • Land, Water & Air
  • Books

Science

Children are given as many hands-on experiences as possible to examine, experiment, explore, and consider scientific concepts. Children have access to carefully prepared and presented materials and opportunities for follow-up research. With concrete experiences in hand, children are inspired. Combined with an introduction to abstract concepts, children begin to understand the laws of physics and even the nature of the universe. Scientific concepts and materials may include:

  • Classifying the World
  • Living and Non-living
  • Animals
  • Invertebrates & Vertebrates
  • Habitat & Life Cycle
  • Botany
  • Human Anatomy
  • Weather & Seasons
  • Physical Science
  • Astronomy
  • Eco Education
  • Tools for Exploration
  • Books

Art & Music

Like language, music and art are valued means of expression. Opportunities for students to create art are always made available within the classroom, with singing and movement incorporated throughout daily activities. Teachers may present materials, introduce techniques, discuss artists and art/music history, and encourage without judgment, but it is the child who is encouraged to feel respected and satisfied with his or her abilities. Art/Music materials may include:

  • Clay
  • Colored Pencils
  • Paint Trays
  • Collage Trays
  • Chalk
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Stencils
  • Natural/Seasonal Materials
  • Books
  • Instruments, Bells, Singing Bowls, Drums, etc.
  • Song & Dance