A Day at the Montessori School at Lone Tree Primary Program
7:00 – 8:30 – Full Day students can arrive and work in the Commons Area and then their morning classrooms. (Cereal is provided)
8:30 – 8:45 – Arrival
8:30 – 11:00 – Work Period
Includes snacks, food preparation, and Spanish.
11:00 – 11:30 – Recess
Morning students are dismissed
11:30 – 12:15 – Family Style Lunch
Lunch is included in tuition and is prepared by our “well-seasoned” chef, who takes into account special dietary needs, as well as health and nutrition. Eating lunch is the perfect opportunity to reinforce the importance of grace, courtesy, and good manners in the Montessori classroom.
12:15 – 3:00 – Nap time for our younger students
12:15 – 12:45 – Recess for our Pre-K and Kindergarten students
Half-day students are dismissed
12:45 – 3:00 – Work Period
Includes a short rest time and snacks.
Extended Day students are dismissed
3:00 – 6:00 – Full Day Program
Includes recess, snacks, singing, dancing, stories, crafts, etc.
8:30 – 11:30
A perfect way for a child to experience Montessori education without a full-day commitment.
8:30 – 12:30
The children come into the Pre-K classroom following recess and they begin a short state mandated rest period. During that time a teacher reads story books to the children. Following that, they may be given a whole group lesson, or they are invited to choose a work of their own. Occasionally an assignment is given to reinforce the lesson. This class provides the perfect segue to prepare the children for their next season in life… Kindergarten.
The children come into the Kindergarten classroom following recess and they begin a short state-mandated rest period. During that time a teacher reads a chapter book to the children. We read many classics and award-winning books. Over the days of reading these books the children develop their own line of thought about what is happening and predictions of what is going to happen. These thoughts are in accordance with what they have heard so far in the book and their own life experiences. Each chapter tests that theory and adds to it or changes it. The stories seem to linger in their minds and spontaneous conversations break out at times. It is magical to witness. The children become authors and illustrators during their kindergarten year.
We have a strong curriculum, as well as Kindergarten goals that we focus on throughout the school year. A formal group lesson follows our rest time and an assignment is given to each child. The children understand that an assignment is not a choice and it needs to be completed prior to choosing any individual, challenging work. These may be carried over from the morning work period. Some presentations and materials are reserved for this class time, because often these are too complex or advanced to be presented with the younger children present. We also take a few field trips throughout the school year. These educational field trips enrich what we are learning in the classroom, and allows the children to experience responsibility as members of our community.
Our Kindergarten Program allows children to work individually and in groups on deeper investigations in language, mathematics, science, geography, and history. During the Kindergarten year, children have greater opportunities to practice tasks that require stamina, concentration, and cognitive as well as physical skills. Our children grow socially as they develop grace and courtesy through practicing lunch formalities and caring for their environment.
Our Summer Nature Program is designed to take advantage of each child’s innate instincts to explore and observe. Presentations are interspersed with field trips as well as nature walks and talks.
Respect and concern for our natural world can only be fostered through knowledge and observation.
We offer two, five-week sessions.
7:00 – 8:30 – Montessori Full Day Program begins.
Breakfast is served to children who arrive before 8:00.
8:30 – 11:30 – Montessori indoor and outdoor class activities will be available.
There will be science presentations and nature discovery as well as snack and outdoor play.
11:30 – 12:30 – Family-Style Lunch
12:30 – 1:00 – Outdoor Play
1:00 – 3:00 – Projects featuring the theme of the week OR nap time.
3:00 – 6:00 – Full Day activities.
Include arts, crafts, music, cooking, and “Splash Days.”
“In our time amidst the civilized environment of our society children live very distant from nature and have few opportunities to enter into intimate contact with it.”
Our school offers extracurricular options for our children. These are privately run programs that operate in our school, for the convenience of our families. Please feel free to call or email the presenters directly for additional information.
As Dr. Montessori observed, each child grows uniquely, often maturing intellectually, socially, and emotionally at different rates. A Montessori education is therefore arranged in three-year cycles encompassing skills and concepts that the child encounters and absorbs at his or her own pace, guided by a carefully trained and experienced Montessori teacher.
Montessori children learn by discovery and with a sense of joy and wonder. By nurturing the intrinsic desire in every child to explore his or her world, the Montessori Method establishes a strong foundation for a lifelong love of learning. We have created a beautifully rich environment in which to foster the natural ability for each child to learn and grow. We use the child-centered education principles pioneered by Dr. Maria Montessori, which have proven successful. The results are academic excellence, a passion for learning, and the excited and eager faces of children as they go to school each day. The Montessori Method is a preparation for life. It effectively links the school, the home, and the community. Cooperative learning and shared responsibility are two of its primary goals.
Our multi-age classrooms at The Montessori School at Lone Tree that support the three-year cycle also develop a sense of community, encouraging cooperative learning across age-groups and building our children’s sense of security and self-esteem. This social and emotional growth complements their intellectual development. Children who learn both independently and cooperatively develop a keen sense of their own responsibility for learning as well as a high level of empathy and respect for others in the shared enterprise of learning.
Within our large, sunlit classrooms, children explore and discover the wonders and processes of the surrounding world. The carefully arranged classrooms and intriguing materials stimulate both their five senses and their intellects, inspiring each child’s curiosity and encouraging his or her development. Our Montessori certified teachers guide each child’s independent choices with materials that both challenge and engage the child’s aesthetic and creative imagination and plant the seeds that grow into the skills of reading, writing, and mathematics.
There are profound benefits to spending three years in a MSLT Primary classroom. Learning is joyful when children follow their greatest interest: understanding the world immediately around them. In the Primary program, the foundation for a life-long love of learning is laid. Children develop a sense of independence, competence, determination and resiliency. Children realize that “difficult” tasks can be mastered. They become increasingly satisfied as they attain precision and success in their work. By the third year, children are ready to be role models and leaders.