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Willistown Country Day School

1131 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA 19380

(610) 647-4001


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The prepared environment of the classroom lets the child absorb the world about him through work with a wide variety of materials. The first of these are the many practical life activities where, through concentration and practice, the child develops good habits of work that are the foundation of his later education. He learns how to focus on a project: get needed materials, use them and complete the task, and return everything to its place on the shelves."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"8:00-8:45 am Arrival and free play inside & out (puzzles, giant building blocks, rubbings, dominoes, pet boards, records, paints, crayons, clay, etc.)
8:45-9:00 am Clean up
9:00-9:15 am Circle Time:
a) Discussion re: breakfast, health, feelings, choosing work for the day
b) Presentation of new Montessori materials
9:15-11:30 am
(10:15 am)
snack time Work section
a) Math
b) Language Arts
c) Practical Life Activities
d) Science
e) French/Music/Spanish

11:45 am Part-time students dismissed
12:00-12:30 pm Hand washing/Lunch
12:30-1:00 pm Recess
1:00-2:45 pm Reading and rest time/Montessori Extensions
2:45-3:15 pm snack time
3:30-4:30 pm Outdoor games for free play - late dismissal children begin to leave
4:30-4:45 pm Story time
4:45-5:30 pm Late day activities - kindergym, painting inside, art projects, puzzles, etc.
Excerpted from the preschool's website