Children must be 3 years old by September 1. Parents may choose between a longer or shorter day.
Half Day Primary Program
5 days a week 8:30 – 11:30am
The Primary Program is a three-year program inclusive of the kindergarten year and for children ages 3-6 years. Students in the program stay in the same classroom for all three years, developing a stable and secure relationship with their Directress (teacher).
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.
One of the goals in the Primary program is to help the child develop a positive and respectful attitude toward self, others and the process of learning. A well prepared physical, social and cognitive environment is the key to helping each child in the task of building himself/herself. Through skilled observation, trained Directresses discover each child’s unique needs and design the environment to meet them, as well as guiding them appropriately. Each child is viewed as an individual who has their own way of learning. The multi-age classroom contains an abundance of concrete, manipulative Montessori materials maintained in an orderly, clean and attractive manner. These materials, which reflect reality and nature, enable the child to organize his/her perceptions of the world. The materials are available for all children in the classroom to explore at their own pace. The materials are structured and presented to enable independent or group activity and to allow freedom of choice and movement based on each child’s interest.
Programs available to add on to the Half Day Primary Program:
5 days a week 11:30am - 12:30pm
The Lunch program is available for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students enrolled in the Half Day Primary Program.
The purpose of the Lunch program is to provide children with an opportunity to extend the Montessori experience to mealtime and work toward grace and courtesy, as well as increase awareness of good nutrition and practice a healthy lifestyle. The Lunch program allows the children to eat a bag lunch or participate in the “Gourmet Gorilla” hot lunch program (for an additional fee) with their peers. The children set the tables with glass plates and cups as well as cloth napkins and tablecloths. The tables are adorned with fresh flowers and often soft music plays in the background.
If you would like to see the lessons in grace and courtesy, independence, and healthy eating habits that the children reinforce each day, see below.
To see the current month’s Gourmet Gorilla menu, click here.
Math, Science & Language Enrichment Program New!
Tuesdays 11:30am – 3:00pm
The Math, Science and Language Enrichment program is available for 2nd year students enrolled in the Half Day Primary program.
Children attend their usual class session as well as participate in the Lunch program. Throughout the year students participate in science experiments about temperature, weather, chemistry, and physics in the classroom environment and outside. Additionally, students will either explore concepts of math including measurements and currency or language skills such as rhyming, sounds, and beginning word building.
Art and Spanish Enrichment Program
Wednesdays 11:30am – 3:00pm
The Art and Spanish Enrichment program is available for 2nd year students enrolled in the Half Day Primary program.
Children attend their usual class session, participate in the Lunch program and later explore a variety of open-ended art projects with a variety of materials including painting, sculptures, papier mache, etching, and more. The idea of process vs. product will be encouraged in the art area.
The other half of the class introduces students to the Spanish language and culture through games, songs, and books.
Food, Fitness & Fun Enrichment Program New!
Thursdays 11:30am – 3:00pm
The Food, Fitness & Fun Enrichment program is available for 1st year students enrolled in the Half Day Primary program.
Children attend their usual class session as well as participate in the Lunch program. Once a week, children will exercise their minds and bodies through fitness such as locomotor activities, ball handling, and small group games. Nature will be explored by going on nature walks around the park, or making fun food recipes to eat. There will be a short rest period before beginning these activities.
Early Bird Program
1-5 days a week (same day/days of the week is/are required for the school year)
7:45 – 8:30am (children may be dropped off any time within this window of time)
The Early Bird Program is a Montessori approach to health and fitness and helps children to understand and appreciate how their bodies work. Research has shown that regular morning exercise boosts energy and brain function for an everlasting healthy lifestyle. Children will spend the morning either outside on the playground or in the gross motor classroom.
Full Day Primary Program
5 days a week 8:30am – 3:00pm
The Full Day Primary program is available for 1st and 2nd year students in the Primary program.
After a morning spent with the children in their core program, the Full Day Primary children will gather together for lunch. Following lunch, they will spend the afternoon together. The program takes place inside a Montessori classroom, providing children with opportunities for extended learning and exposure to the materials, including the Spanish language and culture.
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.
5 days a week 3:00 – 3:45pm
The Extended Care program is available for children in the Full Day Primary program.
Full Day Kindergarten Program
5 days a week 8:30am - 3:00pm
The Full Day Kindergarten program is available for 3rd year students in the Primary program.
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.
5 days a week 3:00 – 3:45pm
The Extended Care program is available for children in the Full Day Kindergarten program.