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Parent Child

Parent Child 4 Day M/T/Th/F
8:45 am – 10:15 am Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday

Parent Child 2 Day M/T
8:45 am – 10:15 am Monday/Tuesday

Parent Child 2 Day Th/F
8:45 am – 10:15 am Thursday/Friday

Children must be between the ages of 6 and 23 months old by September 1.

The Parent Child (PC) program is designed to allow the child to explore the environment while the parent or caregiver observes. The program was created to help parents share in the joy of their child's discoveries as they watch them develop.

The program is made up of two components: class time for the parent and child, and a parent education series.

Parents will have an opportunity to learn more about the Montessori approach, discuss common parenting topics, determine their role in the classroom, and have question from class time answered. Parent Education Series dates are determined by the Directress at the beginning of the year. Parents attend without their children.

The goals of the Parent Child program are:

  • To foster the child’s development through his/her self-expression within the classroom environment.
  • To give parents a better understanding of Montessori as a way of life for their children.

The Montessori prepared environment for the young child promotes the child’s growth in the following areas:

  • Motor development (large and small)
  • Language development (receptive and expressive)
  • Socio-emotional development

The parent’s understanding of the children’s development will be cultivated as they observe the children in the environment, participate in discussion groups, and use other RKMS resources. Areas of focus may include:

  • Understanding developmental stages and appropriate activities to encourage such development.
  • Practicing and refining observation skills.
  • Developing a Montessori “way of life”.

Toddler

Children must be 2 years old by September 1st. Parents may choose between a longer or shorter day.

Toddler Program

 5 days a week              8:15am – 12:30pm

Toddler 1 Program (T-1)

5 days a week              8:15 – 10:15am

Toddler 2 Program (T-2)

5 days a week            10:30am – 12:30pm    


Emphasis in the Toddler program is placed on helping the young child develop coordination, body image and awareness, a sense of order and concentration. Children in the Toddler Program gain independence and confidence as they learn how to take care of themselves and their environment.

In addition, the program provides nurturing support during a gradual separation from home to school. The child begins to develop inner discipline in relation to his peers, adults and his environment. He also gains a sense of belonging to, and contributing to, a community which includes, and is greater than, his own loving family.

Children have opportunities to learn pre-math and language skills such as sounds, counting, and sequencing. Along with preliminary academics, toddler children also practice daily life skills such as preparing their own snack, using the toilet, and navigating peer relationships outside of family members.

Early Bird Program

1-5   days per week          7:15 or 7:45 am – 8:15 am

(same day/days of the week is/are required for the school year)

The Early Bird program is available for children in all programs.



Primary

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.

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 provides 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.

Early Bird Program

1-5   days per week          7:15 or 7:45 am – 8:30 am

The Early Bird program is available for children in all programs.

1-5 days per week                          3:00 – 3:45pm

(same day/days of the week is/are required for the school year)


Extended Care Program

 1-5 days per week                          3:00 – 3:45pm

(same day/days of the week is/are required for the school year)

The Extended Care program is available for children enrolled in Full Day Primary, Full Day Kindergarten or Enrichment programs.

Kindergarten

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 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.

Early Bird Program

1-5   days per week          7:15 or 7:45 am – 8:30 am

(same day/days of the week is/are required for the school year)

The Early Bird program is available for children in all programs.

Extended Care Program

 1-5 days per week                          3:00 – 3:45pm

(same day/days of the week is/are required for the school year)

The Extended Care program is available for children enrolled in Full Day Primary, Full Day Kindergarten or Enrichment programs.



Early Bird Program
 


1-5 days per week (same day/days of the week is/are required for the school year)

Children may be dropped off any time within these windows of time:

Toddler 7:15 or 7:45am - 8:15am

Primary 7:15 or 7:45 - 8:45am

Kindergarten 7:15 or 7:45 - 8:45

This program is designed to accommodate working parents by allowing them to drop off their children before school hours. The children enrolled in the program come from our four primary programs and our toddler program. It is a nice opportunity for the children from various classes and age ranges to connect, interact and socialize.

These children begin their morning on the playground, weather permitting, and are free to run, use the playground equipment or even grab a shovel and a bucket and dig for worms. In inclement weather, the children meet in the Gross Motor Room, where stations are set up with various activities. The stations are defined by yoga mats, where the children can congregate and work together. This is a lovely way for these children to get to know one another outside of the classroom.

The lessons of Grace and Courtesy are taught and reinforced. One of the most important rules in this program is “Hands are for helping.” Other rules are “be kind” and “treat others as you want to be treated”. 

A systematic routine is followed whether the children are outside or indoors, and they are aligned with routines followed in the classroom. On the playground, children are directed to hang their backpacks on the fence, in the Gross Motor Room they are directed to lean their backpacks against the wall. When the children enter their classroom, they are directed to hang their backpacks in their cubbies.



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.



Programs Schedule

  6-24 Months 2-3 Years  2-3 Years 3-5 Years   3-5 Years 5-6 Years 
 7:15   Early Bird

7:15 or 7:45

Early Bird

7:15 or 7:45

Early Bird

7:15 or 7:45

Early Bird

7:15 or 7:45

 Early Bird

7:15 or 7:45

 7:45  
 8:15  

Full Morning
Toddler

Early Morning
Toddler
     
 8:30       Half Day
Primary
Full Day
Primary 
Full Day
Kindergarten
8:45

Parent Child
4 Day M/T/Th/F
OR
2 Day M/T or Th/F

         
 10:15            
 10:30     Late Morning
Toddler
     
 11:30   (includes lunch)   (includes lunch)

Lunch: 
Mon - Fri

   
 12:30      

Enrichment Programs:
Tuesdays - Thursdays
Math, Science & Language
Art & Spanish
Food, Fitness & Fun

   
 3:00  
  Extended Care Extended Care Extended Care
 3:45            





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Wilmette IL 60091

847-256-2922



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