KINDERGARTEN PREP

4 yrs

Must be eligible for Kindergarten the following year ( turning 5 years by Sept 1st)

CLASS DESCRIPTION

Kindergarten Prep is a special program designed for 4-year-old students who will be 5 years old by September 1st and eligible for Kindergarten the following year. During the Kinder Prep year, eligible students have the advantage of being integrated with the Primary class, and with the Kindergarten as well. The students have the advantage of an additional 3-hour work period in the afternoon and becoming involved in more advanced lessons in all the areas of study. Our smaller group sizes allow for more personal attention from the teacher.

  • Uniforms are required for Kinder Prep.
  • We feature a self-paced curriculum.
  • Individualized work periods are provided.
  • Vision & hearing results required for all students 4+

MIXED AGES

Our primary classrooms combine ages 3 years through 6 years, including Kinder Prep & Kindergarten students. Children learn from one another through observation and interaction with each other. Multi-age grouping helps children to develop a sense of community, as well as supports social development, builds self confidence, and allows for collaborative learning. Curriculum and materials are multidimensional and concrete,  allowing children to re-explore the same materials at different levels. When the materials are used often and at different levels, the opportunities for learning are endless.

ACADEMICS

Practical life is one of the most important areas of a Montessori education.  Through daily practice and repetition of practical life activities, the children are indirectly building a sense of order and concentration levels, gaining body coordination, and learning independence. Practical life exercises instill care for self, for others, and for the environment. These activities include some of the daily routines the child has already observed at home: preparing food, washing dishes, dressing oneself, and practicing accepted societal rules of grace and courtesy.

SENSORIAL

Sensorial helps to refine the child’s five major senses through use of the materials that develop cognitive skills, and help children classify and order impressions. This is accomplished by touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, listening, and exploring all of the physical properties of their environment. The child builds their judgment and reasoning skills through daily practice and repetition in this area.

LANGUAGE

Language development is vital to all human development. The Montessori classroom is rich in oral language opportunities, allowing the child to experience conversation, poetry, stories, and songs. Children effortlessly link sound to symbol while tracing sandpaper letters with their fingers, thus encouraging the natural progression of written expression and reading skills.

MATHEMATICS

Mathematical activities help children learn and understand the concepts of math by manipulating concrete materials. The work helps children acquire a solid understanding of basic mathematical principles and prepares them for later abstractive reasoning.

GEOGRAPHY & CULTURAL STUDIES

Geography, biology, botany, zoology, art and music are presented as extensions of language activities. These ar integrated into the environment as part of the curriculum, rather than a special activity or work time. Children learn about people and cultures in other countries with an attitude of respect and admiration. Through familiarity, children come to feel connected to the global human family. Lessons and experiences with nature inspire a reverence for all life