Kindergarten

When choosing a Montessori education for preschool, you are enrolling your child into a program with a 3-year cycle, culminating in the kindergarten year. 

Kindergarten is when everything clicks and children become critical thinkers and problem solvers. They are role models in their community and are confident to take on tasks on their own. They are well-rounded learners ready to take on the most challenging of tasks.

Great Beginnings prides itself on being a "Modern Montessori."  Our school is traditional in its curriculum and adherence to the American Montessori Society. However, we also incorporate aspects into our school that make sense for our school's culture and community. We attempt to be paperless within our administration; we utilize outdoor spaces for additional classrooms for our children; we incorporate technology into the classroom when appropriate, and more.   

At Great Beginnings, all kindergartners are allowed the opportunity to be a leader in the 3-6 classroom.  The kindergartner becomes a teacher to their younger peers. As they give presentations and help others, they are building independence and autonomy that is often missed in other educational settings.  

As Montessorians, we are taught to take each child where they are and give them the tools to “make them sing." This Kindergarten year is when the primary program comes together. The children are confident and able and well prepared for first grade and beyond.

Curriculum

The kindergarten program at Great Beginnings is based on the Montessori philosophy, which has successfully educated children for over a century.  Harvard Business Review investigated the thinking strategies for top American innovators and entrepreneurs. Researchers found that inquisitiveness was one of the top skills needed by entrepreneurs. Interestingly enough, they found that many successful entrepreneurs, such as the founders of Amazon and Google, were educated in Montessori schools where they were encouraged to develop their curious minds.

Fostering inquisitiveness is what makes our academic program special.  Great Beginnings creates meaningful learning opportunities that engage the academic, artistic, athletic, emotional, and psycho-social aspects of every student. Fostering these budding leadership skills are the results of a kindergarten education at GBMS.

First Quarter (Sept. - Dec.): Kinder Year students attend a half-day morning program with the younger children, working with the younger children to empower kindergartners to practice and develop strong leadership skills.  Each afternoon, kindergartners enjoy a special pull-out program in the Yurt on the Springhill campus. This two-hour session with only 5-to-6 year olds is designed to meet the intellectual, physical, and emotional needs of kindergartners.  

Afternoons have academically-focused enrichment classes:

  • Reading: Instruction in decoding skills and strategies; fluency (modeling fluent reading, directly teaching how to interpret punctuation marks when reading orally, etc.); vocabulary word meanings and word-learning strategies; and comprehension strategies.

  • Specials: Art, music, world language, and yoga

Second Quarter (Jan - June):  In addition to continuing with the First Quarter program of reading and specials, kindergartners will additionally have the weekly opportunity for "going out." Because no classroom can contain answers to all of the child’s questions, “going out” is a response to the need to explore beyond the classroom. In contrast with the traditional field trip, where the adult usually plans the activity for the whole class, the Montessori elementary children’s “going out” is based on individual or small-group interest and is an extension of classroom study.

  • Field Study/ Going Out: Our flexible-day schedule allows us to visit the public library for more specific books on Monarchs or composting; or we can arrange a trip to the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture to see the works of a local artist.  ​

    • The experiences of learning from new resources and meeting different people present a glimpse of social cooperation and the experience is a wonderful training ground for learning executive function skills.

    • Another part of “going out” can be service projects such as cleaning up the environment or holding a food drive for the hungry. These projects build the child’s sense of social purpose and moral responsibility.

Our curriculum sets the foundation for future academic success, and develops the necessary skills to meet 21st century demands: growing autonomy, independence, cooperation, collaboration, and flexibility.

Key Components in the

Kindergarten Program:

  • Green Theme: Nature-Based Programming

    • ​Beginning in Primary, students hike to the M and participate in the annual Sunset Hike.

  • Local Connection: Service Learning & Community Involvement

    • ​By "going out," our Kinders get off-campus and into the local community. This fosters the natural appreciation for participating in their local communities, and giving back.

  • Well-Rounded Education​

    • ​Children are exposed to world language and culture through songs, games, and celebrations.

    • GBMS supports world language instruction because of the physiological brain development, and so children are exposed to culture and language. Children in the Primary program are not expected to acquire a second language. 

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