TLC’s Kindergarten is set up to complete the previous four foundational years in our school. This is when many of the earlier lessons come together and become a permanent part of the young child’s understanding.
Based on the proven belief that children develop best when they have the freedom to learn and grow as individuals, the unique Montessori style of learning takes advantage of a child’s natural ability to acquire knowledge and skills.
The focus on developing each child’s exceptional and distinct set of gifts creates a non-competitive, cooperative classroom environment. As a result, many of TLC’s Kindergarten students attain such a high level of skills that they transfer directly to our district’s accelerated programs and/or become leaders in their classes.
Practical Life and Sensorial
Kindergarten uses advanced and challenging Practical Life and Sensorial materials related to special projects as well as advanced works placed on the classroom shelves.
Kindergarten math continues to use the hands-on Montessori Method until your child acquires a deep enough understanding of the subject that hands-on materials are no longer necessary. In addition to the four basic operations (adding, subtracting, multiplication, and division), kindergarteners are introduced to fractions, geometry through shapes, patterns, estimates, and collecting and reporting data.
Reading and Language Arts
Because learning accelerates when children become proficient in reading and language, TLC’s reading and language specialist works with each kindergarten student every week. Children then practice their skills with the Montessori language materials set out in an organized arrangement on the shelves.
The study of geography in our Montessori classrooms embraces different topics in a unique multicultural perspective starting, with the study of the seven continents. This includes maps, physical geographical features of the continents, animal studies, flags, cultural celebrations, customs and traditional clothing.
Geography also entails studying the fundamental needs of a particular native group, such as the South American Yanomami tribes. In addition, students learn about the solar system, earth’s cycle, time zones, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere.
The study of the plant kingdom includes the vital functions and needs of plants as well as their systems, defenses and reproductive methods.
Zoology includes the study of vertebrates versus invertebrates; five classes of vertebrates; and parts of the fish, amphibian, reptile, bird and mammal.
Kindergarten: 5 yrs. – 6 yrs. old.
M – F: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Before-School Care: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
After-School Care: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm