Primary Program Details


Program

 

Ages

Our Primary program is created specifically for preschoolers and kindergarteners (ages 2 years 9 months up to 6 years). On an individual basis, we will consider enrolling children younger and/or older than this age range.

Capacity

In our current location, our Primary program enrolls an average of 10-12 children per class in the Fall, expanding to a maximum class size of 15 as the school year progresses.

Siblings

We welcome the enrollment of siblings and offer a discount!

 

Schedule

 

Our School Year

Our Primary program is conducted during the traditional school year, September (starting just after Labor Day) and continuing through May (ending before Memorial Day). Whenever possible, we follow our local public school calendar for scheduled closings.

We accept admissions applications on a rolling basis while we have space available. Throughout the school year, we admit new students at the beginning of each season: Fall (in September), Winter (in December), and Spring (in March). 

Daily Rhythm

Arrival  8:45am-9am

Children are welcomed by a staff member and bid parents farewell before entering the classroom, storing personal belongings, donning indoor shoes, and washing hands.

Circle time  9-9:15am

Singing, greeting one another, checking our calendar, and celebrating birthdays/holidays all instill a sense of ritual for the children and help us start our day off on the right foot.

Morning work cycle  9:15-10:45am

Everyone enjoys a busy morning of learning with Montessori materials, working with friends, and helping themselves to snack.

Circle time  10:45am-11am

After tidying the classroom, students gather once more and prepare to head outdoors.

Outside time  11-11:45am

Rain or shine, we head outdoors in our water-proof rain gear for gross motor exploration and discovery on our nature playground.

Dismissal  11:45am–12pm

We return indoors to store our rain gear and sing goodbye to friends as each child is dismissed to their family.

 

Parent Involvement

 

Co-op Program

Enrolling at Montessori Nature School means joining a community. We work together to make the program the best it can be and to keep tuition costs affordable (lower than other area Montessori schools). Upon enrollment in our Primary program, every family is responsible for 10 volunteer hours for each school yer.

Whether sharing a professional skill, organizing an event, or completing tasks to assist in the classroom, parent involvement is an essential element to the MNS community. ALL families take part in a weekly rotating schedule to provide a healthy snack for the class. In addition helping to provide snack, here are a few examples of other ways that co-op hours can be earned:

  • Provided with a list of books, checkout/return materials to the library on a bi-weekly basis.
  • Organize a special event like a family field trip or classroom celebration (ex., Valentine's Day).
  • Co-host an Open House event at the school or host an informal meet and greet in your home.
  • Lead a project or event focused on raising funds for classroom materials.
  • Contribute your time and talents to the classroom--play an instrument, bring in a project, etc.

Our Parent Co-op Program enhances each child's experience in the school by creating a "village" of support that includes many caring adults in the child's life and also allows for everyone to participate in the important work of our school.

Communication

Each family enrolled in our Primary program receives our classroom newsletter describing what to expect in the coming weeks, requests for volunteers and/or supplies, etc. In addition, all enrolled families will be members in a private Facebook group where we share Montessori parenting resources (articles, videos, etc.). and all families can contribute photos, anecdotes, ideas, and community events.