children from approximately 5 to 6 years of age
The program runs for a full day, 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. We take care in ensuring that our Kindergarten is staffed by dedicated and skilled teachers so that the children are really being prepared for grade one. With a maximum class size of 20 students, the program consists of a unique Montessori program.
Our goals are to increase socialization, develop motor skills and early skill and knowledge acquisition through thematic activities in language, science, and numeracy. Music, art and stories are part of a creative developmentally appropriate curriculum. Although socialization outcomes and learning through play are still important, our children take on more responsibility and are expected to meet curricular outcomes in every subject.
Kindergarten is often a child’s first introduction to “formal education.” Therefore, they are the foundation upon which attitudes towards all subsequent education are built.
We believe that within the mind of every child lie the abilities of an Einstein, a Van Gogh, or a Shakespeare. Finding the keys to unleashing those abilities is one of our fundamental goals. It is thus imperative to provide a program which fosters a sense of enthusiasm towards learning, as well as one which facilitates the development of each individual to his/her fullest potential.
Because each child is unique, we recognize that they learn at their own pace and in their own way. Every child’s style of learning is identified through close observation, attention to the child’s needs, and most importantly, individual time with the teacher.
With supportive guidance, the children are encouraged to experiment, explore, create and problem solve as they play. All activities are designed to intrigue and excite the early learners and allow them to question, investigate and reach conclusions.
The early learning curriculum involves mathematics, reading, written and oral expression, and environmental studies. It also includes activities that develop social, physical, and creative skills.
The classroom environment is positive and stimulating, and whether the children are learning to count, read or paint a “masterpiece,” learning is fun! The children soon develop a sense of confidence in their abilities and are ready to take on new challenges. They learn to make decisions and to accept responsibilities.
If, during these most formative years, children build an eagerness to learn and grow in all developmental areas, then the groundwork is set. The children are successfully prepared to take the next step in their education.