Our Preschool classes are for children ages 2 – 4. We offer morning classes (8:45am – 11:45am), afternoon classes (1pm – 5pm) and a school day program (9am – 3pm), 3 or 5 days a week. The children are introduced sequentially to the following five areas of the prepared environment: practical life, sensorial, language, math, and cultural. Self-esteem, concentration skills, and good work habits are developed as a result of this environment.
The Kindergarten program at AMS provides the five-year old with a unique kindergarten experience. It involves a morning Primary class with mixed-ages and an afternoon class. The children, in the afternoon class, continue to use extensions of the Montessori materials, which are introduced in the morning class. Kindergarten program children improve their reading level, work on penmanship, math skills, spelling words, and sight words are introduced. Optional homework packets are added to this program. This enhances their ability to develop concentration and complete more challenging work.
The extended part time program at AMS serves as a natural continuation for children attending our Primary classes and is fully accredited by the California State Department of Education and American Montessori Society. Classes are from 9 AM – 3:00 PM. This program allows for continuity in the development of good work habits, social skills and scholastic skills begun in earlier years.
Working alone or in small groups, with direction from staff with a high adult-to-student ratio, the children progress at their own natural pace. The skills of reading, writing, science and arithmetic are stressed. However, the program is broad based covering many areas of interest.
All of the above programs can be supplemented with before and after care. We are open from 7 AM – 6 PM. Children in this program attend two Montessori class each day. Before and after class, they participate in early childhood activities, such as free play, arts and crafts, and outdoor play.