Toddler and Pre - Primary Program
The Toddler and Pre-Primary Program are designed for children 16 months to 31/2 years of age. The pre-primary program offers an exceptional opportunity for parents to introduce their children to the Montessori philosophy and method. Our primary goal is to provide a positive school experience for the children in the pre-primary classroom. The children who have completed 31/2 years of age by September/March will be eligible to graduate to the primary program that same school year. A final decision will be made by the school administrator to determine the child’s readiness for the primary program.
Pre- Primary Class Daily Schedule (16 Month to 31/2 Years of Age)
|9:00 to 09:15 - Arrival and Greetings||1:00 to 2:45 - Nap Time|
|9:15 to 09:30 - Activity Time||2:45 to 3:00 - Bathroom Routines|
|9:30 to 09:45 - Snack Time||3:00 to 3:30 - Snack Time|
|9:45 to 10:00 - Bathroom Routines||3:30 to 4:00 - Outdoor Time|
|10:00 to 10:45 - Circle Time/Work Time||4:00 to 4:30 - Project Time|
|10:45 to 11:15 - Outdoor Time||4:30 to 5:00 - Activity Time|
|11:15 to 11:45 - Music / Craft / Group Act||5:00 to 5:15 - Dismissal Time|
|11:45 to 12:00 - Dismissal Time||5:15 to 5:30 - Bathroom Break|
|12:00 to 12:30 - Lunch Time||5:30 to 5:45 - Activity Time|
|12:30 to 12:45 - Bathroom Routines||5:45 to 6:00 - Clean Up Time|
|12:45 to 1:00 - Set Up for Nap Time||6:00 - Departure|
Children at this age are constantly learning and absorbing everything in their environment. The first three years of life are significant as the children demonstrate a “sensitive period” for the development of independence, movement and language.
The classroom materials and activities are specifically designed to guide the children through the beginning phases of the Montessori education. The classroom materials aim to appeal to the child’s natural curiosity, sense of order and desire for independence. The pre-primary classroom creates a “prepared environment” that allows the children to freely explore and learn through their senses, practice new skills in a safe and nurturing environment with freedom of choice and movement within clearly defined limits.
Primary and Kindergarten Program Schedule
In your search for an education system that provides a strong academic foundation for your child, you have initiated the process of investing in your child’s future. As a parent, you want your child to be educated in an environment where their intellectual ability and self-esteem grow hand in hand, where imagination and curiosity are cultivated, where thinking and competency flourish and where student learn to respect all culture and people. When you invest in a Montessori education, you endow your children with a lifelong love of learning. We are committed to providing a quality standard in our educational program.
The Kindergarten year is the third year of our three year program and is the final and most important stage where the children cement their knowledge, develop a lifelong love for learning and build a variety of skills to enhance their future success. When the children enter the final year of the Kindergarten program, they have already mastered numerous skills and learning concepts and become independent learners. The Kindergarten children develop an independent learning style to increase their ever increasing aptitudes and knowledge of the academic areas and complete various extensions of work with the Montessori materials and thus serve as role models to the younger children.
|BEFORE CARE PROGRAM||7:15 AM TO 9:00 AM|
(For children from 16 month to 31/2 years of age)
|HALF DAY PRE-PRIMARY PROGRAM||9:00 AM TO 12:00 PM|
|EXTENDED DAY PRE-PRIMARY PROGRAM||9:00 AM TO 3:00 PM|
|FULL DAY PRE-PRIMARY PROGRAM||9:00 AM TO 6:00 PM|
(For children from 31/2 years through 6 years of age)
|EXTENDED DAY PRIMARY PROGRAM||9:00 AM TO 3:00 PM|
|JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN PRIMARY PROGRAM||9:00 AM TO 3:00 PM|
|KINDERGARTEN PRIMARY PROGRAM||9:00 AM TO 3:00 PM|
|FULL DAY PRIMARY/JR KG / KG PROGRAM||9:00 AM TO 6:00 PM|
|AFTER CARE PROGRAM||3:00 PM TO 6:00 PM|
Primary Class Daily Schedule (31/2 Years to 6 Years of Age)
Primary Program (9:00 AM to 12:00 PM)
08:45 AM - 09:00 AM - Arrival
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Work time
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Circle time/Enrichment
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Outdoor Play time
Lunch Time (12:00 PM to 01:00 PM)
The children between the ages of 16 month to 21/2 years of age are required to bring all food items (drinks and lunch) from home. The option of a school lunch is only for children 21/2 years of age to 6 years of age.
The children 21/2 years of age and above have an option of bringing a home lunch or buying the school hot lunch (vegetarian or non-vegetarian option) every month. Please follow up with the administrator for more details and a sample lunch menu. DMS reserves the right to change vendors during the school year.
Extended Day Primary Program (01:00 PM to 3:00 PM)
The child between 31/2 to 41/2 years of age will go to the nap room at 01:00pm. The children are encouraged to lie down in their cot until 2:30pm.
The child is eligible to join the Junior Kindergarten program on completion of 4 ½ years of age and developmental readiness to wean out of the nap time. The Jr KG children will have work time from 1:00pm to 2:30pm in the classroom.
The child will be eligible for the Kindergarten program if the child is 5 years by October 31st of the school year. Any long extended vacation/absences may affect the Kindergarten student from graduating the same year. If the child’s birthday falls after October 31st they will work in the Kindergarten class, but will graduate from the Kindergarten program the following year.
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM - Snack Time
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM - Project Time
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM - Dismissal Time for children leaving at 4:00
4:15 PM - 4:45 PM - Outdoor Time
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM - Dismissal Time for children leaving at 5:00 PM.
5:15 PM - 5:45 PM - Library / Activity Time
5:45 PM - 6:00 PM - Clean Up
6:00 PM - Departure
The school will close at 6:00 PM.
Dr Maria Montessori characterized the 3 to 6 year old child as possessing an extraordinary capacity, the ability to absorb information from his/her surrounding. Dr Montessori named this quality as the “absorbent mind”. The child from 3 to 6 is a sensorial explorer, soaking up every aspect of the environment, including language and culture.
The corresponding educational environment should support the natural drive of the child to become competent and independent with the motto “to help me do it myself”. The Montessori approach embraces the full development of the child addressing all aspect of the child’s development.
The program at DMS is designed to meet the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive need of each child. The Montessori materials are designed to appeal to the child’s natural desire to learn. Children are encouraged to develop good work habit and share in the responsibility of their learning. They work at their own pace and on their own level of learning with gentle guidance from dedicated teachers. The materials in the Montessori environment are designed to isolate one concept at a time in every concrete manner.
The activities of Practical Life help the child master day to day needs of taking care of himself, of others and his/her environment. Activities in this area are designed to give children opportunities to practice the skill necessary for everyday life. Children get great satisfaction in the simple task of every day life. These exercises include pouring liquid, preparing food, washing dishes, sweeping, mopping, setting the table, polishing silver, shoes and showing grace and courtesy in social encounters. Children are taught how to care for their own environment and are given lesson in grace and courtesy.
Through these task and experiences, children learn to concentrate, coordinate their movement, develop fine motor skill and a sense of order. Practical life activities are the foundation of all future academic work because they promote concentration, order and complete work cycle.
The sensorial materials are designed to enable 3 to 6 year old children to identify, refine and order the classified sensorial impressions, obtained through their senses by seeing, smelling, tasting, listening to, touching and further exploration of the environment.
The sensorial material aid in his /her power of observation, discrimination of senses by discriminating color, size, shape, texture and sound. Children learn best when allowed to touch, feel, hold, smell, listen, and taste.
The sensorial properties of these material enable the children to classify and eventually name object and attributes in their environment. The sensorial material is designed to refine the senses while also preparing the child for further learning in Math and Language.
Montessori observed that the children between the age of three to six year have a sensitive period for absorbing language; both spoken and written. The Montessori early childhood classroom is rich in oral language. The verbal skill of the young child are stimulated every moment at DMS through conversation and exposure to high quality children’s books. The tracing of a sandpaper letter provide the tactile, phonetic foundation for later reading.
Reading and writing are intimately connected and integrated strategies are offered to ensure success. Opportunities such as listening to stories or reciting poem, singing and conversing with others, introducing the Montessori sandpaper letters connect each spoken sound with its symbol thus supporting the developmental of writing and eventually reading.
A variety of fun and enriching activities are available to facilitate the child’s emerging writing skill, beginning with the early scribbling stage to keeping a daily journal. This promotes reading, writing, expression and comprehension. This is done through phonics, reading, writing mechanism, hand writing, development and self-expression.
A basic tenant of Montessori education is that understanding is often a matter of seeing and touching. Special equipment help the child to absorb abstract concept through the use of concrete material. A broad spectrum of activities in the room allow one child to count sets of five or six button while next to him a child is adding four digit number, through the use of manipulatives. The Montessori Math material and lesson help children to develop an understanding of Math concept through the manipulation of concrete materials, thus building a secure foundation of Math principle, skill and problem solving abilities. It begins with concrete understanding of quantity, symbol, four operation and progress toward using this concept without the aid of Montessori material.
The Montessori curriculum provide a wide range of activities to learn more about the world around him. They are presented in sensorial ways with specially designed material and real life experiences. Science, Geography, History, Art and Music are all incorporated into the early childhood environment.
In geography, children learn not only about the names of countries, but the life of people and their respective culture. They develop a sense of respect for different culture recognizing that we all belong to the family of people. Young children are natural scientist. Watching and caring for animal and plant create an interest in science lesson and a reverence for life. Art and Music give the children opportunity for creative and joyful self-expression as well as experiences with great music and works of art.