Montessori School of Denver
(ages 3-6, Preschool and Kindergarten)
OUR PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
There are two different program options for Montessori Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten students: mornings only from 8:30 to 11:30 am or All Day Pre-Kindergarten from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm five days per week. Students must be three by Sep. 30 to join the Pre-Kindergarten or All Day Pre-Kindergarten Program for the current school year.
Our Montessori Preschool and All Day Pre-Kindergarten Program differs from traditional early-childhood education in that each classroom is a carefully prepared learning environment designed specifically to capitalize on the student’s natural curiosity and love of learning. The classrooms are well organized to allow children the freedom to select from a wide variety of learning materials designed to match their developmental needs and personal interests. The program focuses on helping students to make thoughtful choices, focus and concentrate, and engage in caring and purposeful interaction with the environment, lessons, and with others.
- Manipulative, concrete materials in the classroom enable each child to work at tasks that are naturally engaging, developmentally appropriate, and provide opportunities for a child to develop concentration, coordination, independence, order, and the five senses as well as enriched language and math skills.
- Children have a long, uninterrupted work cycle to develop concentration and mastery of work.
- Under the teacher’s guidance, each child is able to select his or her own work according to personal interests and curiosity.
- In addition to the formal curriculum, children are taught the skills necessary to engage in positive relationships with others and be a part of a group. Children are empowered to solve difficulties through lessons on reflective listening, empathy, and personal responsibility as well as engaging in meaningful service learning projects throughout the school year.
OUR KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM
Kindergarten students attend school from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm five days per week. Students must be five by September 30 of the current school year to be in the Kindergarten program.
The Kindergarten program is structured to meet the developmental needs of students consisting of a longer and more academically challenging agenda with a smaller peer group in the afternoon. Learning in Kindergarten becomes contagious and collaboration begins to take place as the child’s social skills and self-confidence are solidified. Children at this age are emergent readers who also need one-on-one time with a teacher to strengthen decoding skills and increase reading fluency.
- Our teachers use strategies that support and facilitate the unique and total growth of each individual.
- Kindergarten students have longer and more in-depth lessons in the afternoon.
- These students often have special studies of the various cultural subjects like science, geography, zoology, and biology.
- Here, students are encouraged to learn respectful, caring attitudes for oneself, others, and the environment.
- These students have the opportunity to integrate conceptual skills and to pursue academic and cultural subjects in depth, thereby becoming independent learners, well prepared for the rigorous Montessori Elementary experience.