The Montessori Enrichment program is an extension of a child’s Montessori day. Students who need a full school day, and are not ready for the Kindergarten Program, may attend the Montessori Enrichment Program after the regular Toddler House or Children’s House morning. Students bring their own cold lunch and will eat lunch together. After lunch, children may nap or (for non nappers) may work with familiar Montessori materials, engage in imaginative play, art projects, cooking, or other activities in the Montessori classroom.
A walk through an afternoon in the Montessori Enrichment Program…
11:35 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Lunch
Children gather together to enjoy lunch. This is a time for us to focus on grace, courtesy, friendship and cooperation. Upon arrival to their room, the children wash their hands, and actively participate in preparing their lunch environment. The children place table cloths and table decorations for their lunch experience. The children set out their lunches and join together in a song of gratitude. After lunch is finished, the children clean up their tables and lunch area.
12:10 – 12:45 p.m. Work time with Montessori materials
Children can continue their exploration of familiar Montessori materials. There is the opportunity for additional lessons and enrichment materials during this time.
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 / 2:45 p.m. Rest
The youngest children who need to nap early move to the resting room at 12:45 where they lay on nap mats and rest. The second group of nappers go to rest at 1:30. During this time the lights are off and gentle music is playing. Teachers sit quietly with the children. Children who do not fall asleep are escorted back to the Enrichment classroom where they are free to choose activities.
12:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Children who do not nap have enriched Montessori time
These older children who are 4 ½ and older who do not need to nap are involved in Montessori activities, enrichment lessons in a small group setting.
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Recess and Dismissal
Children gather their belongings to go home. They enjoy 20 minutes of gross motor time and then line up with their belongings to go home.