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TODDLER, PRESCHOOL, & KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS AT MSD
(ages two to three)
The Toddler Village includes three Toddler classrooms, each outfitted with a Toddler-sized, as well as an Adult-sized door, nap room, kitchen and work spaces for optimal collaboration of teaching teams, full length windows that allow young children an eye-level view of the outside world, larger playgrounds, garden area, and dedicated outdoor workspaces for each classroom. The MSD Toddler curriculum is constructed to meet the Toddler’s growing emotional and cognitive abilities during this formative period for the development of personality, trust, independence, focus, and problem-solving.
- Children are free to explore and find works that spark their interest in a safe and carefully prepared indoor and outdoor environment.
- Montessori materials emphasize exploration and experimentation and help to develop the child’s ability to concentrate and focus, refine sensory perceptions, aid in gross and fine motor abilities, and language skills.
- Toddlers are taught practical life skills such as how to pour their own juice, serve themselves a snack, put on their coat, blow their nose, and clean-up a spill (not to mention toilet-training)!
- The classroom has plenty of room for social interactions, which reinforce the grace and courtesy lessons and provide opportunities to learn about sharing, taking turns, being patient and being a good friend. Activities are designed to develop coordination and independence as well as to encourage positive group interaction and increased self-esteem.
- Teachers provide warmth, patience, and the encouragement necessary for each child to reach their personal best.
Toddler Program hours are 8:30 to 11:30 am or all day from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm five days per week. Toddlers who turn two by Sep. 30 are eligible. Please contact the admissions office or call 303-756-9441 with questions or to schedule a tour.
(ages three through five)
Our Montessori Preschool and All Day Pre-Kindergarten Program differs from traditional early-childhood education in that each classroom is a carefully prepared 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 intelligent 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 get along well 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.
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. Please contact the admissions office or call 303-756-9441 with questions or to schedule a tour.
(ages five through six)
The Kindergarten program is structured to meet the developmental needs of students capable of pursuing a more academically challenging agenda in the context of 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.
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. Please contact the admissions office or call 303-756-9441 with questions or to schedule a tour.