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early childhood

EARLY CHILDHOOD

Kingsley Montessori School provides an integrated, individualized, and challenging program that meets the changing developmental needs of the young child with independence, engagement in learning, and respect for others as core values. Kingsley provides a comprehensive core curriculum utilizing the Montessori method, which supports the individual child’s creativity, natural curiosity, and love of learning. The classroom experience is a child‐centered, teacher‐guided learning environment.

Through sensory‐based hands-on experience, children are introduced to the core curriculum areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language and Cultural Studies. Our comprehensive program includes Art, Music, Science, Library and Physical Educational/movement.

TODDLER PROGRAM

AGES 2-3

The Montessori Toddler Curriculum supports the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child. The teachers create a nurturing, inviting, and orderly setting in the classroom referred to as the "prepared environment" to help guide this development. The activities in this environment lead the child to build order, coordination, independence, sensory motor skills, socialization skills, self-esteem, inner security, and habits of concentration.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

AGES 3-6

Our Montessori preschool environment supports the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child. The teacher thoughtfully prepares the classroom environment to invite curiosity and stimulate learning. By making independent choices, the child develops self‐ motivation, self‐regulation, and problem-solving skills. Learning moves from the concrete to the abstract through manipulating, experimenting, and discovering. The three‐year cycle is a fundamental element of Montessori education. Within this model, the youngest child looks to and learns from her older peers, who act as role models and classroom leaders. The child remains in the same classroom for three years, beginning as a three-year-old and finishing as a Kindergarten student.

KINDERGARTEN ENTRY PROGRAM

AGES 4-6

KEP is an entry point to Kingsley. We welcome 10-15 new four-year-old or Kindergarten students each year who have attended other preschools. Most are unfamiliar with learning in a Montessori environment. To help these new students adapt to our school and gain confidence in this setting, we created the Kindergarten Entry Program, which follows the Kingsley Preschool curriculum with a focus on the needs of older children.

TODDLER PROGRAM FAQ

28-30 total students
Two Toddler Morning classes with 12 students each, 8:30–11:45 a.m. (Children arrive at 8:15 a.m.)
One Afternoon class with 12 students, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
One Toddler Extended Day class with 12 students, 8:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m. (Children arrive at 8:15 a.m.)
Montessori certified Toddler Lead teachers
Outside Courtyard space, indoor Movement space, and two annual field trips

PRESCHOOL & KEP FAQ

School Day: 8:30–11:45 a.m.; Extended Day Program available until 2:45 p.m.
Montessori certified Preschool Lead teachers
7 Preschool Classrooms: 6 at Fairfield; 1 Kindergarten Entry Program at Exeter
After School and Extracurricular Programs until 6:00 p.m.
Outside Courtyard space, indoor Movement space, and two annual field trips