Enrichment (preschool/kindergarten ages 3-6)
This program is for preschool and kindergarten students who attend less than a 5 full day Montessori program. Students may be enrolled in Enrichment for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days a week in addition to the time they spend in their Montessori homeroom class (not as a stand-alone option). Enrichment focuses on socialization and reinforcement of basic skills and allows students to delve into specific topic areas while supporting and reinforcing skills introduced in the Montessori classroom. The planned syllabus explores a theme each day of the week with activities, projects, games, experiments, music, dance, food preparation etc. Topics offered each day may vary from year to year.
For our 2016-2017 school year, Enrichment weekly topics are as follows:
Mondays –Gym/Music & Movement
Gym is a fun workout with exercises in coordination, balance and following directions using various pieces of equipment. Students learn about the importance of warming up and stretching and also cooling down. Good sportsmanship and cooperation is learned in group games and through dance. Music and dance play a big role in this class through physical activities, learning about rhythm, melody, harmony, song structure, and notes, and learning about musical instruments and genres. Students will also have the chance to do a wide range of music-related arts and crafts projects.
The students engage in a variety of large and small construction projects using building toys, large and small blocks, puzzles, found and recyclable materials, clay, paper, etc. We also may deconstruct things to explore how they work and how they fit together. We do many arts and crafts projects using a variety of materials, including recyclable items. This class encourages inventiveness, creativity, and spatial awareness.
Wednesday – World Travels
Students learn about people, societies, and cultures from different times and places. From Native American studies to exploring the seven continents, students will have the opportunity to delve into history, cook and also explore foods from various continents, and learn about culture and language from countries around the world. Students will enjoy learning about instruments, music, and dance from all over the world, have an opportunity to learn about, try and even make their own instruments.
Thursdays – Science
A wealth of hands-on activities will demonstrate various elements biology, zoology, physics, electricity, and chemistry. Children study metamorphosis, explore magnetism, learn about the human body, make their own baking soda/vinegar volcano, learn about the similarities and differences between plants, insects, and animals, learn about and grow plants, learn about polymers and make their own “gack” or construct a simple battery. Other areas of investigation include the oceans of the world, dinosaurs, space and the solar system. We will observe and learn about the science of weather too.
Fridays – Storytelling
Students will have the opportunity to develop the essential language and literacy skills of listening, speaking and vocabulary building, as well as using their imagination while acting, playing with puppets, and trying to retell their favorite stories. In addition, we will practice our artistic skills to create props, and work on crafts connected to our story of the week. Through our activities, which are based on nursery rhymes, songs, favorite fairy tales, and other popular stories, students will be learning to recognize rhyming words, notice the rhythm in spoken language, create a story line, predict the outcome, learn the moral of each story as part of character education, and have lots of fun!
Class times: Morning Enrichment class is from 9AM to 11:30AM. Afternoon Enrichment class is from 12:45PM to 3:15PM. Students enrolled in morning Enrichment eat lunch in the Enrichment classroom and then are escorted to their afternoon Montessori homeroom class at 12:30PM. Students enrolled in morning Montessori and afternoon Enrichment eat lunch in their morning Montessori classroom and are escorted to Enrichment class at 12:30PM. Extended care is available from 7:30AM to 8:45AM and/or from 3:30PM to 6:15PM.
Recyclable materials wanted: Students love to create a variety of crafts with items you may be recycling at home. Items such as shoe boxes, paper towel and toilet paper tubes, oatmeal tubes, corks, clean egg cartons, clean/empty water bottles, buttons, and clean baby food jars may find new life as special child-made projects. Check with our Enrichment Teachers if you have items to donate and thank you for helping replenish our supplies!