The Primary Program is a three-year program for children ages 3-6 years. Students in the program gain confidence in their abilities through repeated successes, build independence as they practice and master life-skills, fine-tune their small and large motor muscles to refine their coordination, and learn order and sequencing to late complete complex math problems or write a story.
Language, Math, Science, and Geography are the academic areas of the classroom that children work in each day. Additionally, children form and shape their social-emotional skills as they practice working in small groups, learn how to problem-solve with their peers, and lend a hand when others need help.
Students in the Primary Program must be 3 years old by September 1st.
Half Day Montessori Primary 8:30-11:30, Monday through Friday
Students in the program stay in the same classroom for all three years, developing a stable and secure relationship with their Directress (teacher).
Available to add on to the Half Day Primary Program:
Lunch, Monday-Friday, 11:30-12:30
Math & Science Enrichment, Tuesdays, 11:30-2:30 - Once a week, students participate in science experiments about temperature, weather, chemistry, and physics in the classroom environment and outside. In the other half of class, students explore concepts of math including measurements and currency.
Art & Spanish Enrichment, Wednesdays, 11:30-2:30 - Once a week, students explore a variety of art disciplines including painting, sculptures, papier mache, etching, and more. The other half of the class introduces students to the Spanish language through games, songs, books, and immersion.
Reading, Writing, & Yoga Enrichment, Thursdays, 11:30-2:30 - Once a week, students will be inspired and encouraged to creatively write, read, and illustrate their own stories, as well as express themselves using words and books. In addition, children will nourish their mind, body, and spirit through the yoga component of the program.
The enrichment programs are for children in their 2nd year of the Primary program. Lunch is available for both 3 and 4 year old students.
Full Day Montessori Primary 8:30-3:00, Monday through Friday
Three and four year old children are invited to the Full Day Primary program. After a morning spent with the children in the Half Day program, the Full Day children gather for lunch. Following lunch, they spend the afternoon together. During the year they will learn Spanish and navigate peer relationships. The program takes place inside a Montessori classroom, providing children with opportunities for extended learning and exposure to the materials.
The children enrolled in the program will hone their problem-solving skills, satisfy their intellectual curiosity, and learn social-emotional skills. Children who need a rest period will be given the opportunity.
Extended Care is available for the children, Monday through Friday from 3:00-3:45.
Full Day Montessori Kindergarten 8:30-3:00, Monday through Friday
This program, for 5 and 6 year old children, is the culmination of the three-year Primary program. After a morning spent with the children in the Half Day program, the Kindergarteners gather together for lunch. The remainder of their day will be spent with their third-year peers in a Montessori classroom with a Directress guiding their Kindergarten learning. Students will receive advanced presentations in language, mathematics, geography, science, and handwriting.
Students will collaborate on group projects, learn to work as a team, and explore individual areas of interest in-depth with the support of a teacher. Kindergarten students will further develop their confidence and independence as they hone their reading and multiplication skills. Field trips and special presentations will further enhance the kindergarten learning
Students will benefit from an uninterrupted flow of learning that lasts the whole day at Ronald Knox, combining both the benefits of the multi-age Montessori classroom in the morning with the peer-intensive directed learning of a tailored Kindergarten program in the afternoon..
Extended Care is available for the children, Monday through Friday from 3:00-3:45