Kindergarten Montessori Classrooms
A teacher shares a lesson on weight of liquids with kindergarteners

 

Emphasis on Individualization & Active Learning

Our Kindergarten program is uniquely structured to foster confidence and to help each child reach his or her full potential. Trained teachers encourage higher level thinking skills based on the developmental phases of each child.  Students' innate curiosity is nurtured through hands-on academic, cultural, enrichment, and environmental studies. Kindergarten students receive focused instruction in small group settings and benefit from a highly effective, individualized learning approach.

Hallmarks of our Kindergarten program include:

  • Academic instruction in Language, Writing, Reading, Math, Science and Geography
  •  Independent learning plans tailored for each student's learning style, academic level and pace
  • Cultural studies spanning Cooking, World Culture, Literature, Drama, History and Art
  • Enrichment classes in Spanish, Music, Art and Physical Education
  • Environmental studies with nature hikes, journaling and sampling for classroom experimentation
  • Writer's Workshops including Lucy Calkins Pathways to Writing, non-fiction and poetry
  • Montessori math in conjunction with Everyday Math curriculum
  • Regular field trips to take advantage of the area's educational, cultural and recreational offerings
  • Social curriculum reinforces peace and conflict resolution, teaching children to be part of a warm, respectful, and supportive community
  • Service learning such as gardening, recycling, tending school pets and beach cleanup
  • Socialization through cooperative work, collective experiments, group lessons, shared meals
  • Meetings for Worship and group outings, often in tandem with 1st/2nd grade mentors

 

A Kindergarten student uses Montessori materials to concretely practice multiplication skills during independent work time

Developing Independent Study & Leadership Skills

Focused Kindergarten sessions are conducted from Noon until 3pm daily. During morning work time Kindergartners and their preschool classmates, participate in morning meeting, small and large group lessons, as well as continuing their individualized, higher level kindergarten work. Independent study is facilitated by advanced Montessori materials and other resources that teachers have carefully prepared to align with their current lessons. This autonomy instills critical skills of self-direction and time management needed for pending elementary grades. Support is readily available from a teacher and assistant in each classroom as well as their Kindergarten peers, well versed in collaborative learning.

Key to the Montessori method, Kindergarten students also have an important role as mentors in the multi-grade classroom, assisting with Montessori materials and teaching their most recent lessons to younger classmates who are always eager to learn from an older student. This leadership opportunity develops confidence, presentation and public speaking skills and helps students synthesize their advanced learning.

For students for whom Kindergarten is the completion year of the Montessori program, earning the responsibility of classroom leadership is a wonderfully fulfilling step.  We also have many students join FSW for Kindergarten – and they thrive equally in this empowering, individualized, and academically rich setting.

See the Stargazer Kindergarteners in action - view our slideshow!



Friends School of Wilmington Wilmington, NC 28409 910.791.8221 (PreK-2nd Grade) 910.792.1811 (3rd - 8th Grade) Contact Us info@fsow.org (FSOW)
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