Early Childhood

Early Childhood – Ages 3-6

Our Early Childhood (EC) Montessori program teaches skills and concepts to support academic development, independence, grace and courtesy. Students build foundations for understanding by practicing life skills for everything from getting dressed to resolving conflicts. The Montessori approach helps children develop the capacity for sustained focus on work and an internal motivation and curiosity, which are key competencies that are further refined in our elementary program.

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  • Typical EC Daily Schedule

    9:00 Flag ceremony
    9:00 – 9:30 Opening Circle
    9:30 – 11:30 Work Time
    11:30 – 12:00 Circle Time
    12:00 – 12:30 Lunch (in the classroom)
    12:30 – 1:00 Recess (outside)
    1:00 – 1:30 Story/Rest Time
    1:30 – 3:00 Work Time
    3:00 – 3:25 Closing Circle

The EC program is a full-day, five-days-a-week program.

Students bring their own lunches, and the school provides a morning and afternoon snack. There are 20 children in each of our three classrooms, with one certified Montessori teacher and one assistant.

Please note that children must be at least 3 years old by August 31 of their year of entry.

The program consists of five major academic curriculum areas:

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  • Culture:

    Sense of identity in a diverse society. Geography, history, art, music, botany, zoology, physical science, geology, and astronomy.
  • Language:

    Prewriting, sound/symbol relationship, writing and reading. Learning to express through written and spoken language.
  • Math:

    Patterning and categorization, quantity/symbol relationship, place value leading to addition, multiplication, and subtraction into the thousands.
  • Practical Life:

    Independence, concentration, coordination, small and large motor skills, and care of the self and environment.
  • Sensorial:

    Order and organization. Refinement of the five senses – seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling – building a foundation for speech, writing, and math.