Starlight Montessori

Preschool Program

05Starlight Montessori School’s preschool program is for children ages 3 to 6. Our children begin the day with outdoor time on the playground, allowing opportunities for whole body movement and constructive, imaginative play.

After playtime, we organize our outside materials, tidy up our play yard, and head indoors. Children hang up their coats independently, wash their hands, and settle in for circle time.

Children have circle time for 15-20 minutes. Circle time includes morning rituals such as a greeting song, taking note of our calendar, observing the weather (complete with a student meteorologist giving a daily “weather report”), introducing new academic and art lessons, and language lessons in Spanish and Farsi.

Children then have a two hour work period during which they are free to roam about the classroom choosing their own activities, or “works”, as they are called. The children are free to work by themselves, with a friend, or with a teacher. When they hear the chimes, they start to clean up and put away their work and come to a second (brief) circle for music and/or stories.

Once a week, they also have a formal yoga class. Sometimes there might be a special guest doing a presentation of some kind (dentist, musician, artist, cultural presentation).

They are then dismissed for lunch or pick up. Morning children are picked up at noon, full day children have lunch and afternoon children arrive at 12:30 where the same schedule is repeated.

Preschool Daily Schedule

9:00 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. Outside Play (Children are walked to the playground by parents at 9am and greeted by Teachers)
9:25 a.m. Chimes ring.  Children transition inside: hang up coats, put on slippers, wash hands, come to circle.
9:30 a.m. – 9:50 am Circle time—greetings, morning rituals, Teacher gives lessons.
9:50 -11:50 Work Period
11:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Second Circle: brief stories, songs.
12:00 p.m. Morning children are dismissed. Lunch for full day students.

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Alamo Preschool Curriculum

September
Rules and Safety
Grace and Courtesy
Friends/Family/Community
All about me
Land and water Globe/Continents Map

October
Land and Water Forms
Seasons/Weather
Harvest/Fall
North America

November
Giving, Sharing and Charity
Thanksgiving Story
Animal Classification
North America/birds

December
Winter/Weather/Seasons
Holidays around the world
Needs of People

January
Temperature Changes/Hot-Cold
Opposites
Antarctica/Penguins/Fish

February
Sink/Float
Money/Presidents
South America/Anfibios

March
Environmental Awareness
Spring/Flowers/Insects
South America/Rain Forest
Magnets

April
Gardening
Earth Day
Africa/ Reptiles

May
Artists: History and different styles
Art: Practice different styles
Africa/Mammals
Mother Day

June
Summer fun activities/End of school year
Father Day