Full day kindergarten students spend half of their day in a Montessori classroom and half of their day in a traditional style kindergarten environment. This daily learning cycle spent in two different types of learning environments is unique to our school. We believe in following the child and helping each child to learn in the most effective way. Some children need more structure than others. By learning in both environments, we can ensure that a child is getting the best of both worlds.
The Montessori environment and curriculum is described in the early childhood section of our website. In the traditional classroom kindergarten students follow a daily routine consisting of the opening group lessons (attendance, calendar, daily job selection, place value sorting of the number of days of school attended, math story problem, story related to the weekly theme), reading and discussion of the daily sentence written on the chalk board, individual work time (with work individualized to the student’s skill level), and center time. Homework consists of work not completed in class, daily reading, and a monthly book report. We encourage parents to follow their child’s interests and to capitalize on opportunities to teach and reinforce lessons learned at school.