Pre-School and Kindergarten
The program which is called our Children's House program is fully recognized by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and is designed for children from three to six years of age (preschool-kindergarten). We have three Children's Houses (Casa 1, Casa 2, Casa 3), each with a targeted enrollment of 27 children. We offer three enrollment options: Children's House, Extended All Day, and All Day Montessori.
Children's House (Half-Day Program)
Children's House for children ages three and four is a half day experience. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The children have a three hour work cycle which includes two weekly hour-long lessons from Oak Hill Montessori's Spanish Specialist.
The Extended All Day Program for Three and Four year olds:
The All Day program begins in the Montessori classroom Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. after which children continue with All Day Care from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The All Day program is provided for three and four year olds who require extended care beyond the half day Children's House experience. This program is directed by an AMI certified Montessori Teacher.
The children who enroll in the All Day program will find that it is an extension of their home environment. After the three-hour Children's House morning work cycle, they have a full hour for lunch, which encompasses family rituals: the children share responsibility for setting the tables and for cleaning up after meals, they use china plates, glassware and cloth napkins. Upon completion of lunch, the children play outside in our beautiful outdoor environment.
Nap and rest is provided in a cozy prepared environment. Each child has the opportunity to nap for approximately 1 1/2 hours. Upon completion of their nap the child continues his experience in the All Day environment with the materials provided for practical life, opportunities for self-expression and freedom of choice and movement.
All Day Montessori for children ages Five and Six year olds:
Children ages five and six participate in All Day Montessori Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Children ages five and six years old begin their school day in the Montessori classroom. Upon completion of lunch and outdoor play they return to their respective classrooms for an extended Montessori work period. These children have reached a level of maturity requiring a longer work cycle. This rich exploration is the culmination of their Children's House experience resulting in the reinforcement of reading and math skills preparation for entering elementary. This is also the period which allows the child to become a leader in the community, and provides greater opportunities for socialization with peers in the afternoon hours.
The Kindergarten program includes a full hour for lunch, which encompasses family rituals in which the children share responsibility for setting the tables and for cleaning up after meals, they use china plates, glassware and cloth napkins. Upon completion of lunch, the children play outside in our beautiful outdoor environment.
After daily outdoor play, the children re-enter their classrooms for an extended work cycle. This includes a weekly music lesson, an extended Spanish lesson and experiences in the Art room with Oak Hill Montessori's Art Specialist.