Is my child a fit for this program?
The Kindergarten Program is designed for children entering their 3rd year of Montessori and who are 5 years old by Sept 30th. Occasionally we will accept children who have not had any previous Montessori education if there are openings and if they are ready. This is determined in an informal interview with teacher and student.
What will they focus on learning?
The Kindergarten year is an important year where all the ground work over the past two years comes together. A child in the Kindergarten Program is social and has learned how to use their problem solving skills effectively. Now they will learn how to understand the decimal system and are move towards abstraction. He/she is likely to be reading at this year (skills can range from beginner to fluent). Our goal for your child in Kindergarten is that they have a sense of self-confidence, enthusiasm for learning, feel closely bonded to their teachers and classmates, and generally feel good about themselves.
The typical week consists of: journal writing, a formal handwriting program, a Spanish class, a formalized art program, math, geography, language, and unit study lessons taught as a group and individually. The kindergarten class has their Spring Art Show in March. Clay, paper mache’, self-portraits, masks, prints, sculptures, still life, wire art, and silk paper, are just some of the art projects created by the children.
Your child is the classroom with the three and four year olds in the morning from 8:30-11:30 each day. At 11:30 they come together as a kindergarten class and continue their day exclusively with their same age group.