Young children thrive in the Montessori preschool classroom. Developmentally responsive to their needs, each classroom features a full range of Montessori materials that engage the child in exploring the world they live in. This mixed-age environment provides the foundation for a cohesive community. Children, guided by a teacher as well as on their own, choose activities of practical life, sensorial, math, language, reading, geography, science, art, music, yoga and gym.
The Preschool Program builds upon the base that is begun in the Toddler Program. The practical life, sensorial, art and snack areas are all familiar to the students. The difference between the two classrooms has to do with the scale of the items used and the distinctions that the children are now able to grasp. For example, preschoolers are able to make finer distinctions between shades of colors and are able to manipulate smaller items in order to improve their manual dexterity.
The Preschool classroom has additional areas of study: math, language, social studies, and science. Regardless of the subject studied, each Montessori experience is concrete so that the children are introduced to concepts that are very real. When the students understand the real, they are then introduced to the abstract. They are carefully introduced to one concept after another, but only as they understand the preceding basics. When their personal development allows, they begin blending sounds into words, telling time or counting to 9,999.
Math includes counting, telling time, fractions, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Language is a very phonetic introduction to the skills necessary for reading. The children begin with a sensorial, concrete introduction to sounds through objects and sandpaper letters. As their knowledge and neurological maturity are ready, they begin building words, then phrases and sentences. Vocabulary is enhanced and the love for reading is expanded through story reading.
Social studies includes geography and cultural studies from maps and landforms to the way people live in various parts of the world.
Science is a continually changing area including biology, physics and botany. Children are introduced to other scientific studies as well including sink and float, living versus non-living and magnetism.
All preschool children are exposed to the Spanish language and culture through songs, games and celebrations.
Those students enrolled in the five-day program will also supplement their curriculum with yoga and gym on a weekly basis.
Requirement: Children must have celebrated their third birthday prior to September 1st of the year for which they are applying and toilet training must be completed.
Classes are held Monday through Friday, three hours a day. There is a Tuesday through Thursday option for three-year-olds only on a limited basis in the PM class.. Class times:
- 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
- 8:45 AM – 11:45 AM
- 12:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Directresses: Stacy Strzelczyk – West AM, Mary Lou Parsons – East AM, Sonoe Sullivan – East PM
Class size: West environment – 25 children, East environment – 30 children