Children 2 years and 7 months – 6 years
“Our aim is not only to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost care.” -Maria Montessori
Richland Academy’s Preschool/ Preprimary Program allows children to fully explore the beautiful Montessori materials and educational activities within a stimulating classroom environment. In addition, the development of social skills, independence, self-esteem, critical thinking skills, and a love of learning are nurtured through each child’s interaction with peers, teachers, and the prepared environment.
Parents may choose from the following Preschool/Preprimary Programs:
5-Day: Classes meet Monday through Friday from 8:45 am to 11:45 am
3-Day: Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
5-Day with Extended Day*: Classes meet Monday and Friday from 8:45 am to 11:45 am and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:45 am to 2:30 pm (for children 4 years or older with at least 1 year of Montessori experience)
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Children enrolled in our Preschool/Preprimary Program will have the opportunity to work in the following areas:
Through the practical life activities children will practice self help skills such as spooning, pouring, buttoning, and snack preparation, which foster their independence and help to develop positive work habits, self control, and the ability to concentrate. Each child will care for the environment that surrounds them as they learn to care for the classroom, including classroom plants and pets. Daily living activities promote the development of fine and gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and serve as the foundation for future work in all other academic areas.
Materials in this area of the classroom refine each child’s ability to perceive and make sense of their world, by using their senses of sight, touch, hearing, tasting, and smelling. Sensorial materials develop each child’s ability to problem solve, compare, contrast, sequence, match, sort, categorize, and build critical thinking skills.
The Montessori math materials are designed to present mathematical concepts to children in a concrete, hands-on way. The math area provides opportunities to explore numerals, decimals, geometry and the four basic operations. Mathematical discoveries and experiments in logic and problem solving are also integrated into all areas of the classroom and everyday routines.
The language arts curriculum exposes each child to materials and meaningful activities designed to enhance expressive and receptive language skills, increase vocabulary, enjoy quality children’s literature and poetry, and build the skills necessary to begin to read and write. The reading program combines whole language teaching strategies with a comprehensive phonetics approach.
Culture & Science
This curriculum invites exploration in the areas of geography, sociology, history, botany, zoology, and meteorology. Montessori materials bring the world into the classroom environment, enabling children to expand their knowledge of the universe.
Music & Movement
Music and Movement are integrated into all areas of the classroom. Activities such as singing and performing finger plays are part of the daily routine.
Each child will be able to express their creativity as they explore various art mediums. Art projects will refine both hand eye coordination and prepare the wrist for handwriting.
*Extended Day Program
This academic program is a requirement for our Kindergarten students and is also offered to those children 4 years of age with 1 year of Montessori experience. This program provides children with additional time in the classroom to pursue special interest areas such as science and world cultures. As a teacher-directed learning environment, our Extended Day Program allows children to practice their handwriting, gluing, cutting, and coloring skills, as they learn to follow directions and complete work in a timely manner, skills which are needed to be successful in elementary school.
Preschool/ Preprimary Childcare
Richland Academy offers before and after school Childcare, which is available year round, for Preschoolers enrolled in our Montessori program. Click here to learn more about our Childcare program.