School Day Program (8:45 AM - 3:15 PM)
Extended School Day Programs (6:45 AM - 3:15 PM) or (7:45 AM - 4:15 PM)
All Day Program (6:45 AM - 6:0 PM)
(See video below)

“The Montessori program is deliberately designed to be a three-year program,
and it is only in the third (or kindergarten) year
that much of what has been developing finally blossoms.”

Tim Seldin, M.Ed., the President of The Montessori Foundation and
Chair of the International Montessori Council

Our Kindergarten class hums with motivated, focused activity. It is in the Kindergarten year that your child will be "at the top of the class" in terms of seniority. The responsibility and pride children feel in this role gives a great sense of accomplishment. The multi-age experience offers many opportunities for five year-olds to help the younger children and to be competent role models. In addition to reinforcing their academic knowledge, this experience enhances their self-esteem and develops their self-confidence---two qualities which enable them to try new challenges.

Kindergarten is a time when skills that have been developing over previous years start to solidify. The Kindergarten year is a culmination. The children are unfolding as leaders, beginning readers and budding mathematicians. They are proud of their accomplishments and eagerly await the more complex lessons their teachers present. Kindergarten is particularly important: an explosion into new and challenging work takes place.

A Montessori classroom offers many opportunities for children to expand their knowledge during the years when they are naturally motivated. The focus of the more complex Kindergarten curriculum and projects revolve around language, math, biology, botany, geography, physical sciences and history.

Children mature at very different rates and their periods of readiness vary a great deal. The five year old can gain an early understanding of many difficult concepts which are the usual stumbling blocks in grade school. Long before he is faced with abstract terms (unit, fraction, etc), he explores them in simple concrete materials. For example, he can build a peninsula, put pictures on a timeline, act out verbs, "carry one" in addition, change ten units into one ten, add fractional quarters to make one-half, etc. The use of individual concrete materials accommodates many levels of ability.

Kindergartners are part of the multi-age morning class until 11:45. The Kindergartners of the school come together and form the Kindergarten Club from 12:30 to 3:00. This kindergarten time allows for in-depth exploration of the world around us. Included in the curriculum is a broad emphasis on skill building.

A special Wednesday field trip into the community is built into this program. The children visit the library, meet the mayor at City Hall, sing at a local retirement community, walk to the nearby nature center, make their own pizzas at a restaurant, participate in ceramics, roller skating and mini-golf. Because we are located so close to Downtown Crystal Lake, we often walk. Other times the Dial-a-Ride Pace bus picks us up at our door and takes us to our destination. This unique program helps the children develop a connection with our community and the larger world.

There is an option to extend the Kindergarten time. Children staying later than 3:15 have an outdoor recreation period before returning for an additional afternoon work cycle, art projects and organized group activities. They have an opportunity to engage in detailed group theme projects and continued skill-building activities.

06:45 - 08:30 Arrival; breakfast (if needed); general free play; table activities; story time
08:30 - 08:45 Clean up; bathroom; School Day kids arrival
08:45 - 11:45 Morning work cycle
11:45 - 12:00 Bathroom; lunch preparation
12:00 - 12:30 Family style lunch
12:30 - 03:00 Kindergarten club
03:15 School Day kids dismissal
03:00 - 03:30 Outside time (weather permitting) or organized group activities
03:30 - 03:45 Bathroom; snack preparation
03:45 - 04:00 Snack
04:00 - 05:15 Art projects; afternoon work cycle; structured group play
05:15 - 06:00 Outside time (weather permitting) or story time; group activities; dismissal

*This schedule is meant to be a general schedule only; schedule is flexible