Pre-K and Kindergarten Class
Students at the end of their three-year learning cycle reach the Pre-Kindergarten class where their collection of skills are cultivated into learning more advanced subjects. Children ages four through six are naturally drawn to more complex work and as a result become more meticulous and determined in finishing their work. Pre-Kindergarten students have already worked with many different types of Montessori materials and thus have gained a higher sense of self-confidence, independence and discipline. Our older students take great pride in working closely with younger peers within our mixed-age setting. Working with younger peers allows our older students to exercise the knowledge they have gained during their time in a Montessori environment. The Pre-Kindergarten age is where the culmination of developed skills gained through the Montessori curriculum becomes evident. Our students become well-rounded, socially diverse and emotionally capable, independent people with skills and cognitive preparation for more complex academic work.
Pre-K and Kindergarten students focus on mastering these skills:
- Understanding, comprehension and ability to follow classroom rules and directions (verbal and nonverbal)
- Respect of classroom materials, environment and other students
- Able to obtain and return materials to the shelf properly
- Able to raise hand quietly to be recognized by teacher without interrupting
- Able to function independently and confidently in the classroom
- Expression of needs and/or emotions clearly and understandably
- Can work and share in a group consistently
- Can focus and complete an activity with little to no adult supervision
- Can clearly write and spell first and last name
- Ability to memorize and recant a detailed story, sing a detailed song, etc.
- Knows letters and sounds (beginning and ending)
- Knows consonants, vowels, beginning blends and digraphs
- Has completed phonetic workbooks A, B and C
- Holds a pencil properly with a strong 3-finger grasp
- Has proper formation of writing numbers and letters
- Use the moveable alphabet to build four and five letter words
- Learning the proper structure of a sentence
- Beginning grammar (article, adjective, pronoun, verb, etc.)
- Basic sight words (articles)
- Skip counting by (1's, 2's, 3's, etc. up to 10's)
- Knows numbers (1 - 100 with number symbols), rote counting 1 - 100
- Basic arithmetic operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
- More advanced arithmetic operations with two number problems
- Mastering the idea of carrying over
- Learning the visual algebraic concept of Pythagorean theorem with the binomial cube
- Learning the visual algebraic concept of with the trinomial cube
- Using the geometric triangle boxes to create different shapes such as diamonds, parallelograms, etc. with various triangle shapes.
- Use of metal insets to promote hand strength and fine motor skills for writing
- Naming each metal inset shape, using metal insets with activity variations and extensions
- Differentiating between and matching patterned objects
- Refining of the senses through various activities (hole punching, cutting paper, etc.)
- Botany: Parts of plants, how plants grow, taking care of plants, study of roots, stems, leaves, flowers and seeds.
- Zoology: Parts of different types of animals, amphibians, reptiles and dinosaurs, where animals live and how to take care of animals
- Science: Simple experiments to develop an understanding of physical science and how it relates to planet Earth.
- Geography and Culture: Earth's landforms and continents, recognizing and naming continents, native plants and animals from each continent, different cultures and traditions from each continent, flags associated with different countries.
- Mandarin Instruction: Use of songs, vocabulary and conversational Mandarin (numbers, months, days of the week, colors, etc.) introduction to basic Chinese characters.
- Spanish Instruction: Use of songs, vocabulary and conversational Spanish (numbers, months, days of the week, colors, etc.)
- Art: Use of a variety of art mediums to encourage creative, student-driven art
- Music & Movement: Singing and dancing to new songs every month, learning gross motor development and control of movement.
- Famous Composers & Artists: Students study the well known works, societal contributions and life of one different composer and artist every month.
- Gymnastics: Gross motor development activities through: tumbling, balancing, stretching, jumping, hopping, etc.
- Computers: Students use new Apple iMac Wi-Fi computers to supplement phonetic and mathematics work with computer programs.