Oct 21, 2017 - Saturday
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Pre-Kindergarten

Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum

Pre-Kindergarten:  For children aged 4 years.

Schedule

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Extended daycare:  Our extended daycare is available for the parents’ convenience.  We provide daycare from 6:30 am until 6:00 pm.

Why do Montessori children attend Pre-Kindergarten?

Like younger preschool children, children at this stage in life are very absorbent and eager to learn.  This is a special age where children make great developmental strides.

Our pre-kindergarten program continues to cultivate and enhance cognitive development, speech and language development, fine and gross motor skills, and practical life skills.  Children also develop independence, confidence, healthy social skills, kindness and empathy.

We encourage students’ naturally inquisitive behavior and reinforce this desire to explore by encouraging freedom in the classroom, offering children access to fascinating Montessori materials accompanied with nurturing and skilled teachers.  Montessori materials aim to foster self-discovery, independence, and promote healthy socialization.

Curriculum

Language – Students will learn phonics, auditory preparation (conversational, storytelling), visual preparation, handwriting, language analysis, more advanced reading, expression, and word functioning (nouns, verbs, etc.).

Mathematics – Children will learn numbers, the decimal system, linear counting, arithmetic operations (games to learn addition and subtraction), and geometric shapes.

Practical Life – This area is aimed to better develop fine and gross motor skills.  Practical life also shapes the toddler’s sense of self-efficiency, self-worthiness, self-confidence and independence.  These skills include physical skills, environmental awareness and respect for community and peers.

Visual Arts – Creativity, problem solving and self-expression are discovered in this area.  We have lessons in drawing, painting, sculpture and collage making.  Students learn lines, shapes, form, color concepts, texture, patterns, organization, spatial awareness and changes.

Music – Song and dance offer fun, self-expression, and healthy socialization all while building confidence.  Moreover, song and dance help create strong bonds and friendships between students.

Physical Education – We teach students the importance of health and physical fitness at a very young age.  We move, run, jump, roll and stretch to promote health, longevity, self-esteem, and increase concentration as well as energy.  Additionally, children are able to understand how far they can push themselves physically and learn what their bodies are capable of doing.

Parent participation

Parents are kindly asked not to participate in class activities during school hours.  This causes a dependence upon the parent as well as creates a distraction in the classroom for both students and teacher.  However, parents are more than welcome to come into the classroom to observe progress.  We request that your presence is not disruptive to scheduled activities or other children.