Preschool offerings for 3 and 4 year-old students:
5 Full Days @ $600/month
(M-F, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
3 Full Days @ $450/month
(T-W-Th, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
5 Half Days @ $510/month
(M-F, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
3 Half Days @ $385/month
(T-W-Th, 8:30 – 12:30 p.m.)
(Kindergarten is free except for a $100 supply fee)
Our preschool is a traditional Montessori primary class made up of students ages 3-5 and includes Kindergarten. Children enjoy a morning work cycle of approximately 2.5 to 3 hours followed by a community circle time, outdoor classroom time, and a lunch period. For those who stay for a full day, an afternoon work cycle of 2.5 hours to deepen the Montessori experience. Kindergarten students are a part of an authentic Montessori primary classroom in an mixed-age group setting. Snack are provided daily.
During the morning work cycle, students work independently or in small groups in the curriculum areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics and Cultural Studies (Geography, History, Zoology, Botany, Science, and Peace). Students have access to both art and music as daily offerings within the classroom environment. Enrichment programs include art, music, physical education, and after school enrichment. Options may include yoga, drama, dance, pottery, cooking and more.
Grace and courtesy is encouraged and is consistently reintroduced to the children. These lessons include: how to interrupt, what level their voice should be, the steps of a work cycle, how to push in a chair, how to roll a mat, how to welcome a visitor, how to solve conflicts, how to sit on line, and how to greet others. Grace and courtesy is essential to ensuring a smooth work cycle and sets the framework of a successful working Montessori classroom.
Practical life prepares the child for life. It is the foundation of the Montessori environment that nurtures the needs of the early childhood child. Practical life builds a child’s self-confidence by allowing him/her to be successful at a task. There are four main goals in practical life activities: order, concentration, coordination, and independence.
Children learn through their senses. The sensorial materials train and sharpen the sense of the child and bring awareness to learning in other areas. Language is woven through the sensorial lessons.
Montessori philosophy indicates that our ability to understand math can be sourced to our innate intelligence and the quality of the environment in which we are placed. Montessori practice begins with concrete experiences that will innately lead to abstraction when the child is ready.
Language activities build self-confidence by expanding the child’s vocabulary and ability to communicate thoughts more precisely. Language is infused in all areas of the curriculum. Geography, history and science are interrelated ideas with hands-on materials and experiments. The lessons are introduced with a leading question, then the child works with the materials, and draws his/her own conclusions/inferences. The purpose of this work is to provide the children the opportunity to understand their own relationship to the planet and the care of self, others, and the world.