Childtowne Montessori Kindergarten
The Montessori Kindergarten Program is a full-day program open to those students eligible for kindergarten in their home district and who have been recommended by their preschool teacher regarding readiness.
“Over time, Montessori children fared better: academic achievement, social understanding, a mastery of orientation, and reportedly more liking of school tasks.”
Angeline Lilliard, Megan Heise, Eve Richey, Xin Tong, Alyssa Hart and Paige Bray
Department of Psychology University of Virginia and Department of Education University of Hartford
This vital Kindergarten year combines the opportunity to use advanced Montessori materials along with traditional educational curriculum to prepare for a smooth transition into first grade.
The program is unique because it allows the children to step into a leadership role in their morning Montessori classroom and experience a more rigorous Kindergarten program in the afternoon. Weekly Music Theory and Drama classes are included. The children also benefit from private art class and special classroom trips that support cultural studies.
INCREASE IN PARENT COMMUNICATION
There is a new Kindergarten evaluation form that will come home in the fall as well as the spring. It will provide each family with more information and will serve as a clear way to see growth, as well as an outline of what to expect over the course of the school year.
NEW ADVANCED MATERIALS
New materials for the Kindergarten classroom include Elementary Grammar Materials, the Multiplication Bead Board, and the Power of three Cube.
In the language curriculum, we have added a year round author study as well as a play adapted from a book about animal migration, which will be written and performed by the children.
We will make efforts, whenever possible, to incorporate the outdoors into the curriculum. This is a pillar of the Montessori education that is often underutilized. For example, the current science unit on seasons will now include an outdoor animal tracking component!