5 years old
Our Kindergarten Class is for children 5 years old. Our program is fully accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education. In class, your child will increase their concentration and expand their knowledge of various topics, including Coding and Latin.
Our Kindergarten class (8:30am-3:00pm) includes two distinct class experiences for the child. The morning session (8:30am-11:15am) is our traditional mixed-age Montessori environment. The children receive individual lessons and work independently while developing strong concentration skills.
The afternoon class (12:15pm-3:00pm) consists only of Kindergartners. The agenda for the afternoon focuses on extensions to the Montessori materials.
Lunch and outdoor play is from 11:15am-12:15pm. Each child brings their own lunch. The children assist with lunch set up and clean up, a task they take pride in. Kindergarteners are very social; grace and courtesy lessons are practiced.
The children learn the sounds of the letters and can associate the sound with the symbol. Once the children are phonetically aware, they begin blending sounds together and developing “word attack skills.” These skills include listening to a word, hearing the sounds and then spelling the word. This sequence develops a love of reading in the child. Our goal is to provide the foundation for fluent reading.
The Kindergarten child enjoys a variety of lessons in math. These include linear counting, calculations, geometric shapes, place value and odd & even.
At this age the children take pride in caring for their environment. The Kindergarten children receive lessons in environmental sciences such as biology and geography. Often, the children will grow their own gardens on our school grounds and observe the plants and vegetables through the various stages, providing a hands on experience.
History is an extension of the language curriculum. At this age, the Kindergartner will gain a broader knowledge of time past, have a sense of the past versus the present, and learn to appreciate cultural differences. It is within this year that children will be taught the graphic impression of the yearly time cycle and the days of the week.
Many of the sensorial materials that your child used when they were younger are now used as extensions to materials. For example, the colored bead stair your child used for counting, can now be used for addition and multiplication.
Each child will receive a journal that they will use to record work done during class. This encourages the act of writing, which in turn promotes handwriting.
The children develop an appreciation for fine arts, as artworks by various artists and in different mediums are displayed throughout the classroom. Students are introduced to many famous artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keefe, Pablo Picasso, Jacob Lawrence, and Frida Kahlo. The children will also explore different styles and movements, such as Realism, Cubism, Impressionism, etc. Throughout the year, the children will use different art mediums and materials to create their own masterpieces.
Computer Science is a subject naturally fit for the Montessori environment. We have created a novel Computer Science curriculum based on the Montessori method. Children will explore core concepts in the field and how they are used. All activities have been designed in accordance with the Montessori method and include attractive materials that can be used independently.
Students receive weekly Latin lessons. In learning Latin, children enhance their knowledge of grammar and syntax. Latin is the language of law, government, logic, theology and is the best preparation for learning any language. About two thirds of English words are derived from Latin. Learning Latin is an efficient way to learn grammar and provides insights into English vocabulary. It also leads to an increase in scores on standardized tests.
Our students will have recess daily. This includes free play and organized games. Staff will encourage cooperation, teamwork and good sportsmanship.
Concrete Math Experiences
Reasoning and Problem-Solving