3 to 6 years
Kindergarten 5-6 years old
Offered M-F, choose 3, 4 or 5 days per week
Five days per week required for Kindergarten.
Full Day: 8:30 – 3:30PM
Half Day Morning: 8:30 – 11:30AM
Half Day Afternoon: 12:30 – 3:30PM
Add-ons:Half Day + Lunch: 11:30 – 12:30PM
Children spend three years in the same classroom in a mixed-age environment getting to know each other and their teachers very well. This continuity instills a strong sense of community among the children, the teachers and the parents. The classrooms are designed to meet the needs of each child in a personal and unique way. Everything in the classroom is just their size and the environment is full of beautiful, natural things. The materials are inviting and allow the children to explore the world in a concrete way through their senses. Children learn by doing and discovering through touch, motion, observation, and repetition. As the children grow, the materials grow with them because the child uses the materials in new ways.
The Montessori teacher is a facilitator and an observer. Teachers guide children through the materials and the curriculum, as they are ready for each new challenge. Children are first introduced to a new lesson and then are free to repeat and practice what they have learned as many times as they choose. The curriculum in the Montessori classroom enhances children’s natural interest in learning new things, and there is a dynamic interaction between the various areas.
The goal of the Montessori Early Childhood curriculum is to provide an environment that meets the needs and tendencies of the child. The Little Miners Montessori program fosters the children’s curiosity and their natural inclination to learn. By manipulating, experimenting, exploring, and inventing through hands-on learning at their own pace, children gain a profound understanding of academic and social concepts. Our Montessori program provides children a pathway to discovering their own independence as they develop to their fullest capability. A life-long love and joy of learning and accomplishment ensure high self-esteem and happiness. Through Culture Studies and Global Awareness, children learn to respect all life forms, encouraging them to become stewards of the earth.