We are creating a high quality preschool program incorporating what we consider to be the best of the
Montessori methods and philosophies from Reggio Emilia, Italy. Our purpose is:
To provide a nurturing atmosphere in which children learn to have respect for others and for
To meet each child's physical needs while encouraging independence in self care.
To encourage curiosity within each child, giving her/him room to discover, to explore, and to
grow in independent thought.
To be supportive of parents by encouraging involvement in the school and maintaining open
and honest communication with the use of tact and discretion.
We believe that each child should be encouraged to become an independent, enthusiastic, life-long
learner. By having a wide variety of activities and materials in his environment , a child will develop
his or her own natural desire to learn and can work within his or her own pace.
Preschool education lays the foundations for the future. Early Childhood Education should be about
learning to observe, to thoughtfully follow a process to a conclusion. It should be learning to control
mental and muscular energy in order to reach the child's goal. At Renaissance Montessori Academy,
Early Childhood Education is learning critical thinking through creative exploration of worlds that
intrigue a child - and a teacher. It is the exploration of ideas and abilities. It is learning the languages
of clay, paint, sculpture, drama and movement that allow a person of any age to explain to another
what has been observed and understood. It is revisiting old concepts and revising them with new
information. It is being respected as an intelligent partner in learning. At Renaissance Montessori
Academy, we are creating relationships, not only between people, but also we are finding the
relationships between things, within thoughts, and holistically with the environment.
At Renaissance Montessori Academy, we maintain high standards for teaching the children in a
developmentally appropriate manner. We are much more than a Montessori school, or a school
interpreting Reggio Emilio practices. We are Renaissance.
Excerpted from the preschool's website
This schedule varies a little in each classroom.
Please check with our classroom teacher to determine the exact schedule.
7:00 - 8:00 Before care
Children arrive, put away lunches, coats, etc. and choose a quiet work until the beginning of the class.
Music calls the children to the beginning of the day in their respective classrooms. Early morning line works with the sciences and cultural studies, greets the day by counting the calendar in both English and Spanish, and the teacher may present new materials for the day. Children are free to share news and items of significant interest.
8:45 - 10:30 a.m.
Children are free to choose individual activities in the various areas of the classroom. New lessons are presented and children learn to work independently as well as in small groups. During this period the children may also be working in the studio area in small groups, or adding music and Spanish to their repertoire of languages. Snack is available if the individual child desires it.
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Second line time of the day offers the children the opportunity to participate in singing, listening skills, and gross motor activities. Show-and-tell items, an integral part of attaching meaning to the "sound of the week", are brought only on Monday and Tuesday of each week.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The children have time on the playground to visit with their friends and play games.
Dismissal time for AM session children.
11:30 - 12:15 p.m.
The full day children prepare for lunch. During lunch, children sit at small tables decorated with flowers and/or candles and enjoy conversation with their friends. Adults eat with the children to provide an example of grace and courtesy at a mealtime.
12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
All the children who are younger than four on October 1 are considered to be "resters" and are given the opportunity to rest on cots for a short time during the afternoons. If they do fall asleep we will awaken them around 2:00. At 1:30 p.m., those children who are not asleep will begin an enrichment program in the studio area. Snack is provided as the children awaken.
Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children between the ages of four and seven will focus on more advanced work in the core areas of the classroom as well as enrichment in other areas. While we continue to work at the child's individual pace, the emphasis will be shifted to building a strong sense of community through teamwork and group projects that will further enhance their social skills and moral development.
It is our intention to guide these children to their greatest potential both academically and personally. Teachers will spend time sharing their special abilities, unique talents, and teaching styles with the class throughout the week. In addition, each teacher will share lessons with the children that involve concentrated studies in the following areas: creative writing, literature, science exploration and projects, cooking, art, music and movement. Snack is available if the individual child desires it.
Full day session ends and full day children are picked up.
3:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Children enjoy time on the playground or in the Great Room. They will have an opportunity to participate in activities of art, movement, creative play, and reading with staff.