Kindergarten (Extended Day)
The primary Montessori program is designed as a three-year cycle. Ideally children from 3 – 6 years old stay right through their kindergarten year.
The third year, or Montessori kindergarten year, is when all the learning that has taken place in the previous two years reaches fruition and a child’s knowledge begins to fall into place. Your child will be challenged to reach his/her potential by his/her Montessori teacher who knows your child incredibly well and so can provide precisely what is needed next. Children build upon what they have learned, experience rapid academic and social growth and their skill level dramatically increases when they are given the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge within the Montessori classroom. Third year students are ready to explode into more complex learning and discovery and they delve into a wealth of new and interesting materials. They are guided to take on more and more complex work, begin to learn time management skills and have an increased set of expectations and privileges in the classroom. These older children also reinforce their academic skills by helping another child, a well-documented way to consolidate knowledge.
Your child has been unconsciously looking forward to being one of the “big kids” in the classroom .This year of leadership gives a child immeasurable self-esteem and intellectual confidence. A key advantage of staying at our school is that your child’s teacher already knows your child very well so no time is lost at the beginning of the year trying to assess him/her. Be sure to speak to your child’s teacher about kindergarten during conferences. The gift of this third year can never be taken away and it sets up a child for future academic and social success.
School starts every morning (Monday-Friday) at 9:00 a.m. The doors of the school, however, open at 8:30 a.m. Children who arrive at 8:30 a.m. will go directly into their classrooms with their teacher. Parents are not permitted to enter the building until 8:30 a.m. and no child is to be left on the school premises before this time.
In the morning, please drive your car to the front door. A staff member will open the car door and walk your child into the building. You must remain with your child until you are met by a staff member. It is very important at arrival and dismissal that you remain seated in your car. If you need to get out of your car for any reason during arrival or dismissal, please park your car in the parking lot.
For the safety of your children and the security of the building, the school doors will be locked after 9:00 a.m. If you arrive after 9:00 a.m. you must park and walk in the building with your child, where a staff member will accompany your child to his or her classroom.
Kindergarten children will be dismissed each day at 3:00 p.m. Therefore, our dismissal period is between 2:50 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The children will gather in the foyer and a staff member will meet you at your car with your child. Once your child is in the car, please pull up beyond the mailbox to buckle your child’s seat belt.