The Primary Montessori Kindergarten & Preschool Years
The Primary 3-6 Year Old Montessori Kindergarten, Preschool & Daycare Years
Montessori Child Development Center (MCDC) is a private Montessori kindergarten and preschool. It is an affiliate of the American Montessori Society. The school house is in a California ranch-style converted country home and is nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of Poway, California (North San Diego county) on 1-1/4 acres of land. The children enjoy both the sunlight and the view of the Poway country atmosphere. The Montessori Kindergarten curriculum provides areas for practical life, art, reading, math, science, manipulative tools and plenty of space for children to independently explore their world.
How many days does Montessori Kindergarten & Preschool Offer?
Our school is a traditional Montessori Kindergarten and Preschool and offers only 5 days per week. A child of this age thrives on consistency and routine. So, attending school for five consecutive days is invaluable to every Montessori student. When they attend regularly, the environment becomes more predictable and they have a much easier time continuing along the progression of materials at their own pace. There is more time for receiving new lessons and less time in between receiving those lessons, so there is more time for practicing and mastering them. These children are getting the full benefit of one of the cornerstones of an authentic Montessori experience.
How is the Montessori Environment At MCDC?
Montessori Kindergarten & Preschool is a peaceful environment for indoor and outdoor education. There is also an expansive grassy lawn dotted with fruit trees, the children’s flower, herb and vegetable gardens and an enclosed farm yard with roosters, hens, and goats. The playground offers many recreational activities, including a large sand box and a tree-house style play structure with two slides. Scattered about the yard are large shade trees for the children to play under. An onsite nature walk is available to students for environmental studies.
Children are free to move where their interests and abilities take them, promoting purposeful and independent work, and encouraging the development of their own sense of pace and rhythm.
What is the role of a Montessori Teacher At MCDC?
Montessori Teachers offer guidance, character development and support, initiating activities and responding to the children’s individual interests. The daily schedule also includes collective gatherings for discussions, music, stories, games, celebrations, group lessons and guest visits.
Our extended Montessori Kindergarten & Preschool program, 1:15-2:15 for 4 year olds through kindergarten students includes more advanced work, special projects and daily formal lessons in preparation for first grade.