The children in the Kindergarten program spend the morning in the mixed-age classrooms giving them the opportunity to be classroom leaders and role models to the younger children. From 11 am -12 pm, the kindergarteners join bluebell outside for recess. At 12pm, they come together for their own Kindergarten time in which they eat lunch as a group, and receive and participate in special Kindergarten-only lessons. At 2:300pm, the Kindergarten program ends and the children either are picked up to go home or rejoin the multi-age classroom for the remainder of the afternoon. They are free in the afternoon to explore the kindergarten lessons on a deeper level.
The Importance of the Third Year
The multi-year age span in each class provides a family-like setting, where learning can take place naturally. More experienced children share what they have learned, while reinforcing their own learning. Younger students look up to their older “brothers” and “sisters” and get a preview of the work to come. Ideally, members stay with the class, and teacher, for the entire cycle, forging a stable community and meaningful bonds.
The third year in the Montessori classroom is really the ‘harvest’ year. It is a rite of passage that they have worked so hard to achieve much as they senior year of high school. During the Kindergarten year, students will dive even deeper into to science, mathematics, language, and social/emotional development. They explore topics such as geologic time, space, deep sea all the while integrating what they have learned in the prior years in the classroom.
5 years old – 6 years old
Part Day Kindergarten – 8:30am – 2:30pm
Full Day Kindergarten – 7:30am – 5:30pm (We ask that full day students are dropped off between 7:30 and 8:30am each morning)
Number of Days:
5 days a week (M-F)