Pre-Primary Classroom

In this class, your child will learn the beginnings of Montessori lessons and work cycles, which include basic motor coordination, independence, and language development. Rather than a classroom, this is a nurturing social community where young children experience and learn to participate in a cooperative group. During their time in this class, we will gauge their interest and introduce the concept of using the potty, and help them develop other skills of independence that will prepare them to eventually transition to the older, Primary class.

Our Daily Schedule

7:30-8:55Morning Work Cycle (With guidance from teachers, children will select work from the shelves and work independently and in small groups.)
8:55-9:10Transition to Snack (Children will begin to clean up their work, go to the bathroom (as needed) and wash hands for snack.)
9:10-9:40Morning Snack (Children are offered a healthy snack of a fruit and a grain every morning. Children sit at their tables as teachers prepare snack. Teachers sit and eat with the students in order to model table manners and good eating habits.)
9:40-10:00Bathroom Time (As children finish their snack they will clear their own plates and wash hands. Children are then taken to the bathroom and begin to prepare for morning circle time.)
10:00-10:15Transition to Circle Time (As children are finishing snack they will choose quiet work while waiting for other students to finish snack. Once all children have cleaned up, circle time will begin.)
10:15-10:30Morning Circle Time (Led by Ms. Jasmyne, the class will change the calendar, sing the daily welcome song, and participate in more songs, finger play, and gross motor activities. Ms. Jasmyne will give a thematic lesson about literacy skills, current events, geography, nutrition, grace and courtesy, or a variety of other subjects.)
10:30-11:30Transition to Outside Time (As circle time ends children will be directed to line up to go outside. During this time sunscreen and bug spray is applied as needed.)
11:30-11:45Transition from Outside Time to Lunch (The whole class goes out to the playground for free play, and sometimes the students and teachers choose to play organized races and games. Several small groups are taken in to change children who wear diapers and let those who use the bathroom do so. Children wash hands and gradually transition to their seats for lunch.)
11:45-12:15Lunch Time (Students eat a nutritious meal catered by Lindsey’s Culinary Kitchen. Children’s plates are prepare by the teachers and are exposed to a variety of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, and vegetarian proteins. Teachers eat with the students in order to model table manners and good eating habits. Water or milk is offered at each meal.)
12:15-12:30Bathroom and Transition to Nap (When children are finished eating, they will clear their own plates and get ready for nap by using the restroom or getting a diaper change, brushing their teeth, and going to their cots to lie down.)
12:30-2:30Naptime (Bathroom as they wake up) and Transition to Snack (Children are not required to nap, but are encouraged to rest for at least 45 minutes. After that time, they are permitted to join a small group, which will be engaging in quiet activities, such as play doh, reading, and art. As children wake up, they will use the restroom or are changed and begin choosing work from the shelves.)
2:30-2:50Snack Time (Children eat a nutritious snack of a fruit or vegetable, a grain and a protein daily. Water is offered during each snack time. Teachers prepare students' plates for snack time and sit with students to display good table manners and healthy eating habits.)
2:50-3:00Transition to Outside Time (As children finish their snacks they will clean their own plates and wash hands to get ready for outside time. During this time, sunscreen and bug spray is applied.)
3:00-4:00Outside Time (Students go outside on the playground to play, and many are picked up during this time.)
4:00-4:15Bathroom Time and Transition Inside (Children are taken inside in several groups to go to the bathroom and have diapers changed as well as wash hands. Children may read books or choose work off the shelf while waiting for the other students to come inside.)
4:15-4:30Afternoon Circle Time (As they finish, they will join Ms. Tristan for an afternoon circle time that relates to a monthly theme or current event.)
4:30-4:45Transition to Child-Directed Activities (Students will continue to choose individual or small group work similar to the morning. This is less formal than the morning work cycle, but individual lessons are still given by teachers when needed. Small group art projects are usually done during this time.)
4:45-6:00Child-Directed Activities/ Parent Pick-Up (The children will do arts and crafts or will choose work from the classroom at their choice until parents arrive.)