The Lunch program is available for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students enrolled in the Half Day Primary Program.
5 days a week 11:30 – 12:30pm
The purpose is to provide children with an opportunity to extend the Montessori experience to mealtime. Each child works toward grace and courtesy, as well as increases their awareness of good nutrition and practice healthy lifestyle.
Since the children who stay for our Lunch Program are re-entering the classroom, they are expected to change their shoes as well as to hang their own backpacks and coats in their cubbies. To promote self-care, all children must wash their hands before setting up. Next, children are responsible for helping prepare the environment by replacing clean placemats, napkins, as well as the silverware onto the lunch shelf. Once our community lunchroom is setup, children are invited to prepare their own space. This is a process which promotes order and routine. First, children bring their placemat and napkin to the table they have chosen, as a way to define their individual lunch spot. They return to the shelf to gather the remaining necessary lunch ware.
Children who bring lunch from home are welcome to unpack their lunchboxes and prepare their plate at the table. Those who receive lunch from school return to the shelf to serve themselves. Teachers invite the children to make healthy and balanced food choices.
Once all the children have prepared their spots and their meals, we sing the “Community Song” as a way to foster social etiquette and unity:
Look around and you will see
During this time, children are encouraged to converse with their peers in a peaceful manner.
When children have finished eating, they place their napkin onto their plate to indicate that they are ready to clean up, and ask, “May I please be excused?” After the teacher has excused the child, they first scrape their plates into the garbage, and are expected to wash their plate in the dish washing station. As a way to further develop community and consideration for others, the older children are sometimes asked to help their younger peers with clean up.
Once the dishes are done, children are responsible for sweeping their individual space. They check their spot at the table as well as the floor under their chairs. As the school year goes on, children begin to develop an awareness of their immediate and community surroundings. This prompts them to sweep the classroom, empty the garbage cans and deliver laundry so that it can be washed.
Gathering at the Rug
Once the classroom has been cleaned and is prepared for the next part of the day, the children gather for a group activity. This includes sharing a story, etiquette reminders or a fun activity.
Art & Spanish Enrichment Program
The Art and Spanish Enrichment program is available for 2nd year students enrolled in the Half Day Primary program.
Wednesdays 11:30am - 3:00pm
This program is available to the 2nd year primary students. Children attend their usual class sessions as well as participate in the Lunch program.
In Art enrichment, children are introduced to an artist through a brief synopsis of his/her life, and the method/s the artist used to create their art. The children are then shown the project they will be doing that is in the style of that artist. For example, Jackson Pollack was an abstract artist known as “Action Jackson” because of the way he splattered, poured & spread paint on large canvases. Using a very similar method as Jackson Pollack, the children create their own abstract paintings on a small canvas.
Additionally, the children explore a variety of open-ended art projects with a variety of materials including painting, sculptures, papier-mache, etching, and more throughout the year.
The other half of the class introduces students to the Spanish language and culture through movement and songs to learn numbers, colors, farm animal names and other introductory Spanish words. They discover the rich culture as they learn about important holidays and cooking traditional recipes in the classroom. At the end of the school year, the children perform their favorite songs at a showcase for the school and their families.
Food, Fitness & Fun Enrichment Program
The Food, Fitness & Fun Enrichment program is available for 1st and 2nd year students enrolled in the Half Day Primary program.
Thursdays 11:30am - 3:00pm
Full Day Primary Program
5 Days a Week 8:30am - 3:00pm
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 Program
The Extended Care program is available for children in the Full Day Primary, Full Day Kindergarten or Enrichment programs. Same day/days of the week is/are required for the school year.
1-5 Days per Week 3:00 - 3:45pm
Extended Care is available 5 days per week from 3:00 - 3:45 for children enrolled in Full Day Primary, Full Day Kindergarten or Enrichment programs and is identical in activity to our Early Bird program. The children in this program, many of whom are also in Early Bird, have the opportunity to reconnect with each other, whether playing together or just socializing. At times, activities are set up in the gym, allowing two or three children to work together at each station. Weather permitting, the children will play outside, allowing them to run, stretch their legs, and have free play time.
Full Day Kindergarten Program
5 Days a Week 8:30am - 3:00pm
This program is the culmination of the three-year Primary program. After a morning spent with the children in their core program, the Kindergarteners will 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.