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Full-Day Montessori Program

full-day program iconThe Full-Day Montessori program is designed for both the academic and social needs of the older child, age 5 through age 6. By this age, most children are ready for advanced work in math and language and for longer periods of socialization. Smaller groups allow teachers to present more intensive lessons including art projects and science experiments. Special attention is paid to each child’s strengths and to the areas where additional practice is needed. Written work and handwriting lessons are included to help ease the transition to first grade and to build the child’s confidence.

The opportunity for daily interaction with age-peers as well as older children is a tremendous advantage to your child. When your child has completed the first two years in a Montessori classroom, s/he will become part of the group of elder classmates whose knowledge and experience in the community will in turn benefit the incoming group of younger children. Many threads of the Montessori program come together for the child in the third or fourth year. In many ways, it is the most crucial part of the program. For your child to fully benefit from a Montessori education, it is expected that s/he experience the complete cycle of development through age 6 in the Primary environment (the age 3-6 classroom). This generally means spending the third or “Kindergarten” year in the Primary classroom. In some cases, a child may even spend four years in the Primary environment.

This cycle fulfills the promise of a Montessori education, and it is a detriment to the individual child as well as to the community when a child leaves before completing the cycle. For this reason, we request that you commit to completing the full three (and sometimes four) -year cycle of your child’s Montessori experience at Chesterbrook Montessori School.

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Special attention is paid to each child’s strengths