Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
The Village School Kindergarten program is a unique and wonderful experience for children that are 5 years old by September 30. The class consists of 12 children with one teacher. This program offers the opportunity for the sustained independent work that is the core of the Montessori Method, as well as additional academic challenges within a whole group experience. The Kindergarten year is a critical component of our three-year Primary Program. This is a period when the work that students have practiced during the first two years in Primary is integrated academically and conceptually into a new level of understanding.
Our Kindergarten program is a full-day academic program and serves as a bridge to elementary (particularly Montessori elementary), offering in-depth explorations of academic materials. Children are in a Montessori environment for the entire day, which affords them many advantages. One half of the day is spent with their same aged peers, while the other is spent in the multi-age (3-6 yr) classroom. In the multi-age classroom, they often naturally assume positions of responsibility and leadership while serving as mentors to their younger peers. They develop increased attention to a task as they work on activities that require multiple steps and a longer period of time to complete. Leadership skills emerge and social skills are refined as the children accept more responsibilities within the mixed age group.
The classroom contains the traditional areas of our primary (3-6) Montessori classroom, which are Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, Geography and Science, with the addition of many advanced Montessori materials. (For more detail on some of these areas please see the Primary Curriculum page). The children have a teacher-created work plan that guides them through their required activities for the week, such as writing books, math books, and journals. It helps them learn important life skills such as time management and independence. Opportunities are made available for students to expand the research abilities learned in their Primary class. They build upon their public speaking skills during group activities and read-alouds.
The Special Programs, Art, Music, Spanish, Physical Education, Technology and Health are taught by dedicated specialists in those fields and form an important part of the Kindergarten program.
The Kindergarten Program has a maximum student to teacher ratio of 12 to 1.