At West Side Montessori kindergarten children experience their capstone year in the Children's House program. Typically they have had two years of preschool in the program and the third year is considered their kindergarten year. The beauty of the Montessori classroom is the open-ended nature of the materials and curriculum. Children who are reading and computing prior to kindergarten are not held back from developing their skills.
Kindergarten is a full day program at West Side Montessori. In kindergarten, children will learn new skills and refine existing skills. Kindergartners enjoy additional opportunities to extend projects, research big ideas, attend field trips, cook, and participate in social events. The program is designed around the developmental stages of a kindergartner; longer attention spans, inquisitiveness, ability to understand more abstract material; and explore their natural interest in various topics. Children love the Kindergarten program. They develop close friends as their social skills grow and their love of learning is sparked by the intriguing topics studied.
The program includes:
Kindergarten Leadership Club (KLC)
West Side Montessori’s Kindergarten Leadership Club (KLC) was created and implemented to reinforce the skills children develop during their Capstone Year. Each month, kindergartners have a lesson that encourages a leadership habit as well as a grace and courtesy challenge. Each session concludes with Calm Down Yoga.
Specialized teachers engage children in communicative lessons on language and culture themes. Lessons occur once a week in Children's House for morning Spanish classes and once or twice a week for afternoon kindergarten French. Large group circle time lasts about 30 minutes and each small group meets for 15 minutes.
Kindergarten Kaboom is a science enrichment class. Twice a month the children don their lab coats and dive into science lessons and experiments. The children look forward to sharing discoveries at the science fair at the end of the year!
Field trips are great ways for our kindergartners to apply what they learn in their classroom to the real world. During the school year, students will visit an apple orchard, a Farm, 577 Foundation, the Toledo Zoo and Valentine Theater. They will develop their creativity at the Toledo Art Museum and learn about recycling at the BG recycling Center.
Kindergarten students have an additional 30 minutes of music lessons once a week. All kindergarten children from both campuses take part in Spring Sing, a much anticipated themed event where students perform songs in English, French, Spanish and sign language for parents and friends. The theme for the 2014-2015 school year was “Building A Better World.”
Toledo Campus kindergarten children have a physical education class for 30 minutes once a week. (Perrysburg Campus kindergartners do not have a structured physical education program taught by a specialist due to space constraints.) Through age-appropriate games and activities such as parachute games, exploring with scooters, hula hoop adventures and animal walks, students learn movement skills, how to follow directions, and respect for themselves and others. Locomotor skills such as skipping, hopping, galloping, walking backwards and leaping are practiced. Hand-eye coordination is developped using scarves, balloons, bean bags and balls.