In Montessori Kindergarten, children are developing an astonishing array of essential life skills. Learning is uninterrupted and self-regulated. Children work purposefully on projects for as long as they wish, developing concentration, perseverance and independence.
A child’s unique Kindergarten experience at MCH is the culmination of the three-year Early Childhood experience. All Kindergartners attend school for the full day: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00am-3:30pm and Wednesday 9:00am-1:00pm. Before and After School Care is available.
Our certified Montessori teachers have a profound understanding of children’s changing development. The Early Childhood program supports each child’s growth from early childhood to school age. MCH’s specially designed Kindergarten program nurtures the child’s emotional, physical, social and cognitive development.
During the Kindergarten year, literacy takes center stage in the child’s life, both the classroom environment and during individualized lessons, which include handwriting, journaling, reading and word study.
The social life of the five and six year old begins to take precedence. This is the time for children to begin experiencing true cooperation, collaboration, compromise, and compassion. Individual and small group instruction is experienced daily. Kindergartners collaborate and are a source of inspiration for each other. As natural leaders in their class of two-and-a-half to six year olds, Kindergartners develop patience, tolerance, and self-confidence which lead to enhanced self-esteem.
The Kindergartners and Elementary students interact through a buddy system where they visit each other’s classrooms for book reading and to share lunch time together. Periodically, throughout the school year, the Kindergarteners and Elementary students attend field trips together related to music, theater, science and nature. Building relationships between younger and older peers helps to broaden learning experiences between multi-age groupings of children to create a companionable community.
What makes Kindergarten at MCH extraordinary?
Working with the teacher, the child begins to set and attain academic, social and emotional goals for themselves. Children choose their own work according to their goals and their personal interests. Time management, self-discipline and personal accountability are emphasized through frequent, regular check-ins with the teacher.
Instead of being “taught,” each child is led towards self-discovery of concepts through use of materials. Multi-sensory materials are plentiful for physical, scientific exploration. Rewards are intrinsic through success with materials as children spot their own errors. A wide range of materials are used for a wide range of capabilities.
Washington State guidelines require that children must turn five years old by August 31st to be eligible for Kindergarten. Early Kindergarten entrance at MCH is dependent upon early acceptance in a local public school Kindergarten or is at the discretion of the child’s lead teacher and the Early Childhood Program Director.