Our Preschool and Kindergarten Classrooms
Our quality Montessori School near you in downtown Manchester, NH is in the heart of the city. As New Hampshire’s largest urban Montessori School, our vibrant multi-age campuses consist of fifteen classrooms.
Our Preschool and Kindergarten classroom atmosphere is a distinctively warm and happy learning environment. Each classroom experience provides ample opportunity to enrich each child’s mind and widen his or her grasp of key concepts relating to history, geography, science, language, math, music, and art.
This welcoming environment for children empowers them to thrive. Each of our many spacious preschool and kindergarten classrooms serves as an age-appropriate and supportive environment to enhance each child’s youth development journey. Our outstanding educational services exceed those of many public schools.
Our Dedicated Montessori School Educators
North End Montessori School inspires many educators to study the Montessori method in an effort to get their credentialing. Our school’s multi-aged teachers include a wide range of school administrators, lead teachers plus interns. Many of our teacher assistants are so enthusiastic about Montessori training methods that they pursue further training and earn Montessori certification.
Our school is also proud to be a designated host site for Child Care Aware of America (CCA). We regularly provide professional development workshops and continuing education to early childhood educators and members of the NH Montessori Association when they host trainings on our campus.
Our Unique School Programs and Learning Tools
Our spacious classrooms are impeccably clean and thoughtfully organized to support school programs with educational tools. Specialized Montessori tools, called apparatus and didactics or manipulatives, are part of the prepared environment for children that supports 21st century skills at each critical stage of child development.
Our Child Safety Plans
Child safety is a major priority at North End Montessori School. Our Emergency Operations Plan keeps children safe as we follow local and state child safety requirements. We practice mandated protocols such as fire drill evacuations, secure campus, and shelter in place procedures. As part of our school programs, we help children with experiences including transitions to and from safety drills, with age-appropriate discussion and support.
An Affordable Learning Experience
Our educational program is an affordable learning experiencing and child care alternative for families in the greater Manchester, NH area.
Preschool Classroom Schedules, Options and Rates
Programs are offered year-round and may include 5-day, 3-day or 2-day programs.
Optional before and after care is available.
Please inquire about additional programming options and availability.
Five-Day Preschool Programs
Mon-Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $195/wk
Mon-Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $205/wk
Mon-Fri: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. $240/wk (includes before & after care)
Three-Day Preschool Programs
Mon, Wed, Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $120/wk
Mon, Wed, Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $145/wk
Mon, Wed, Fri: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. $175/wk (includes before & after care)
Two-Day Preschool Programs
Tues, Thurs: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $85/wk
Tues, Thurs: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $105/wk
Tues, Thurs: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. $120/wk (includes before & after care)
Tuition includes most academic materials and enrichment programs. Parents will be notified in advance about any costs not covered by tuition, with the option to participate. Additional costs may include field trips and enrichment programs directed by outside resources.
Families are expected to provide morning and afternoon snacks and lunch for their child(ren).
Kindergarten Program students are required to participate in a 5-day program during the academic year.
Optional before & after care is available.
Mon-Fri: 8:30 a.m. –12:00 p.m. $195/wk
Mon-Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $205/wk
Mon-Fri: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. $225/wk (includes before & after care)
Admissions & Enrollment Process for our Preschool and Kindergarten Program
We invite you to begin by contacting us to schedule a tour. When you decide to enroll, please complete the enrollment forms.
Current students in our Montessori inspired toddler childcare program are evaluated at approximately two years nine months to determine placement in our certified Montessori Preschool Classrooms.
Our school administrators are happy to discuss your questions regarding expectations at school, school programs and upcoming school availability.
Our Daily Curriculum
Your child will enjoy the flow of each day at North End Montessori School. We balance the daily activities of our robust curriculum with choice activities and group opportunities that promote his or her growth and wellbeing.
Our supportive Montessori classroom atmosphere builds confidence within children and provides children with experiences that nurture emerging skill sets.
Our classroom teachers nurture your child’s learning, education and participation skills as they experience the key curriculum components outlined below.
The exercises of Practical Life provide the foundation for all other activities in our Montessori classroom. They foster independence in daily living using materials that refine skills such as pouring, cleaning, sewing, food preparation, hammering, opening/closing, twisting, gardening, grace and courtesy.
Refining these 21st century skills will enhance a child’s motor control and coordination of movement, development of concentration, and the self-esteem that comes with being able to independently master his or her environment. Developing practical life skills prepares children to engage in cradle to career skills such as reading, language, math and other academic exercises.
Examples of Practical Life materials include:
- Cups, Bowls & Dishes
- Spoons, Scoops & Ladles
- Tongs & Chopsticks
- Basins & Buckets
- Towels & Sponges
- Brushes & Dustpans
- Bottles & Jars
- Dressing Frames: Lacing, Snaps, Buttons etc.
- Gardening: Pails & Shovels, etc.
From birth 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 greater world around them.
We provide a careful selection of items with different textures, colors, sizes, and geometric shapes to help children discover relationships using skills such as matching, sorting, grading, classifying, and sequencing. These skills indirectly prepare students for future exploration of math, language, geometry, art and music.
Examples of Sensorial materials include:
- Visuals – knobbed cylinders, knobless cylinders, block towers, long rods, geometric solids
- Tactile – rough and smooth boards
- Auditory – sound cylinders and bells
- Olfactory – smelling cylinders
- Gustatory – tasting tray
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 depends on a strong vocabulary that, in turn, depends on the child’s experiences. Through language and exploration, children are able to express thoughts and understand and interpret the thoughts of others.
Examples of Language materials include:
- Books for early & emerging readers
- Vocabulary & Rhythmic work
- Sandpaper letters
- Language objects
- Moveable Alphabet
- Reading Theory
- Parts of Speech
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.
Examples of Mathematical concepts and materials include:
- Introduction to Numbers
- Decimal System
- Teens and Tens
- Addition & Subtraction
- Passage to Abstraction
- Multiplication & Fractions
- Memory work
- Various Boards/Pegs/Discs
- Sand Paper Numerals
- Spindle Boxes
- Beads & Bead Chains
- Games/Bank Game, Stamp Game
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.
Examples of Geography concepts and materials include:
- People and places
- Land & Sea formations
- Flags, Charts & Maps
- Puzzles/Puzzle maps
- Land, Water & Air
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.
Examples of Scientific concepts and materials include:
- Classifying the World
- Living and Non-living
- Invertebrates & Vertebrates
- Habitat & Life Cycle
- Human Anatomy
- Weather & Seasons
- Physical Science
- Eco Education
- Tools for Exploration
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.
Examples of Art/Music materials include:
- Colored Pencils
- Paint Trays
- Collage Trays
- Natural/Seasonal Materials
- Instruments, Bells, Singing Bowls, Drums, etc.
- Song & Dance
FAQs about Preschool & Kindergarten at North End Montessori School
What Preschool and Kindergarten enrichment programs do you offer?
School programs in our age-appropriate and supportive environment often feature enrichment opportunities. This access to opportunities draws upon the many amenities our facility has to offer. Examples of enrichment programs include culinary arts, fine arts, theater arts, music, horticulture, foreign language, and animal care. Outdoor activities may include field trips and ski programs. We offer age-appropriate programs through outside resources such as the Currier Museum of Art, the local Public Library, McIntyre Ski Area, and the Manchester Community Theatre Players and other independent instructors. Parents will be notified in advance if activities require registration or if any additional costs apply.
Are outdoor activities offered at North End Montessori School?
Outdoor activities are fun, safe and plentiful at North End Montessori School! We maintain a spacious outdoor playground on our campus which spans an entire city block in downtown Manchester, NH.
At what age do children enter Preschool and Kindergarten at North End Montessori School?
Children ages two years and nine months and up are eligible to enroll in North End Montessori School’s Preschool and Kindergarten classroom. If your family is new to North End Montessori School, the Director will schedule a tour and discuss our preschool and kindergarten programs with you. If your child is currently enrolled in our Toddler Childcare Classroom, his or her toddler teacher will discuss the best timing for this key transition to preschool.
What are the child ratios at North End Montessori School?
The teacher to child ratio for preschool and kindergarten at North End Montessori School is one teacher to twelve students. Optimal teacher to child ratios ensure individual attention and an inclusive classroom.
Is North End Montessori School a Licensed Child Care Center?
North End Montessori School is licensed by the State of New Hampshire Department of Education. Our school is also a member school of the American Montessori Society (AMS). Our Head teachers on our main campus are AMS certified. Professional development continues throughout the year for all staff through workshops and classes that support their professional growth. Our faculty also engages in training through active membership in educational organizations such as the American Montessori Society, the North American Montessori Teachers Association, The National Association for Education of Young Children, and the New Hampshire Montessori Association.