Kindergartners participate in their multi age (3-6) Montessori classroom (A, B or C) each day. During morning work times, teachers meet with kindergarten students to discuss their learning plans. Each child’s plan focuses on his/her interests and strengths as well as individual learning needs. Our Kindergarten curriculum is based on the Montessori scope and sequence of activities and these are aligned with the Tennessee Department of Education Core Curriculum. Our Kindergarten program is approved by the Tennessee Department of Education and students who successfully complete the curriculum are eligible to attend first grade at the next school.
Additionally, our kindergarten program gives students an opportunity to develop their leadership skills in and out of the classroom and serve as role models for the younger children. Kindergarten students have the opportunity to assist the school director in the morning as children arrive at school. They welcome and greet the students and escort the younger children to their classrooms.
Classroom A, B & C teachers provide a written report of student progress toward mastery of goals four times per year. Daily attendance and on-time arrival is expected of Kindergarten students. State law determines that a child enrolling in kindergarten must turn 5 no later than August 15.
How is Children’s House kindergarten different from a traditional kindergarten?
In a Montessori classroom a child is given the opportunity to move from the physical world where motor skills and senses are developed with self-teaching, self-correcting materials into the abstract world of ideas and concepts at the child’s own pace. During the third year, when a child is about five years old, this transition from concrete to abstract usually happens. Many Montessori educators call this the “explosion into learning.”
Since kindergartners remain in the same classrooms they have been attending since beginning at Children’s House, teachers know third year students’ strengths and weaknesses very well. Teachers are able to provide more individualized learning plans designed to help children develop the skills and knowledge to successfully transition to 1st grade. Classroom teachers present children with the Montessori materials appropriate for third year students, as well as make certain that each child is mastering the goals identified in Tennesse’s Core Curriculum standards.
What is K-Club? Who can participate?
Kindergarten Club or K-Club as it is affectionately called is a supplemental, literature based program available to all kindergarten students and others enrolled full time who are 5 years old by October 31. It takes place during nap time on most days. K-Club provides children with an opportunity to learn within a single age group and in a more “traditional” kindergarten setting. Since most of our students attend traditional schools when they leave Children’s House, K-club assists them in their transition from a Montessori to a traditional environment. K-Club teachers coordinate activities with the TN DOE curriculum standards and the Montessori curriculum.
K-Club students participate in activities related to the literature they are studying. These include arts and crafts, music, dramatic play, block play, computer instruction and theater. One day per week, the K-Club curriculum is presented in Spanish and Spanish materials are available for use daily. Field trips and guest visitors are also a regular part of the K-club curriculum.
Our K-clubbers also participate in a physical education and health program one day per week, led by an instructor from Kid-Skills USA. Children develop dance, gymnastic and tumbling skills and learn about staying healthy through exercise and nutrition.