3-5 Year Olds
Morning Preschool (3 Mornings or 5 Mornings)
Our school offers preschool education in a mixed-age setting from 9:00 - 12:00 Mondaythrough Friday for children beginning age 2 years 7 months through kindergarten age.
For our youngest children, we offer either a 3-day (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) morning program or 5-days. Our Montessori certified teachers prepare a beautiful, appealing environment that provides sequentially arranged materials and tools that allow for the child to complete meaningful work leading to the development of independence and confidence. The teachers are master observers, providing individual and small group lessons guiding each child on their own path of learning through our carefully chosen manipulative learning materials. These materials isolate concepts to be learned and hone the child’s interest without extraneous distractions. Our mixed-age setting allows the younger children to learn from the older role models in the class, the children who have returned for their second or third year in the classroom. The older children reinforce their learning by helping and guiding the younger children. It is through the interaction of the children, the environment, and the teacher that learning occurs.
For children who have turned 4 years of age or will be turning 4 in the fall, we offer an optional 5-morning and 3-afternoon Pre-K program (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) or 5 mornings and afternoons from 9:00-3:00.
This program offers additional early literacy and numeracy activities as well as multi-cultural literature-based creative drama, music, and art projects. An environmental specialist from Riverbend Environmental Education Center visits the children weekly to lead the children in outdoor nature lessons, taking advantage of the beautiful natural surroundings our campus offers and sharing materials, artifacts, and live animals from the center.