Our Programs

 

McDonald Montessori School offers two programs for the academic school year in addition to a Before Care and an After Care program.

 

Children's House (CH)

Children's House is a multi-age classroom for children ages three to six. Each classroom has a teacher and an assistant. The Morning Children are generally ages three to four. Extended Day children, also known as Kindergarten aged children, are generally ages five and six. Morning Children attend school from 8:30AM to 12:00PM daily while the Extended Day children attend school from 8:30AM to 3:00PM.  Children may enter Children's House between three and four years of age.  To experience the full Montessori work cycle and tap into the sensitive periods, we encourage enrollment prior to a child's fourth birthday.                                                                                                                               

A typical day for a young student in our Children's House classroom begins with a greeting and hand shake with the teacher.  Ready to begin their morning work cycle, the child maneuvers through the classroom with confidence, exploring concepts in math, reading, writing, geography, science, and activities of daily life at their leisure.  Our students learn skills in grace and courtesy, naturally caring and teaching each other, respecting the classroom activities, cleaning up after themselves, preparing their own snack, and washing their dishes.  The morning concludes when the children gather for group to sing songs, celebrate a birthday, hear a story, or learn about something new (in topics as diverse as dinosaurs or China). The day ends with outside play time. 

 

Extended Day (ED)

The Extended Day student returns to the classroom for an afternoon academic work cycle. It is a very intimate classroom with fewer than ten students and a teacher. Students have lessons in language, math, geography, and science. Extended Day students enjoy additional curriculum experiences like PE, a foreign language, and art.

Lower Elementary (LE)

Lower Elementary is a multi-age classroom for children ages six to nine. The Lower Elementary classroom has a teacher and an assistant. The Lower Elementary program is similar to a first, second, and third grade program. The Lower Elementary children attend school from 8:30AM to 3:00PM. While having previous Montessori experience is helpful, it is not required to enroll in the Lower Elementary Program. 

 

A typical day for a Lower Elementary student begins with a greeting with the teacher. They begin their morning by choosing a work. Lower Elementary students have individual lessons, small group lessons, and whole class lessons depending upon the lesson and readiness of the student. The Lower Elementary student continues the work that was begun in the Children's House classroom. As their confidence continues to grow, the Lower Elementary student further explores concepts in math, geometry, reading, writing, grammar, word study, geography, and science. Lower Elementary students enjoy additional curriculum experiences like PE, a foreign language, and art. Each school day includes active outside play time. Movement is essential to the Montessori curriculum.                                                                                                                                                

Before Care

McDonald Montessori offers before school care for both Children's House and Lower Elementary students. Before care is available between 7:30AM-8:30AM for any child currently enrolled at McDonald Montessori. Before care is available on a first come, first serve basis. Parents are encouraged to pre-schedule use of before care to ensure space is available. Only children who have been officially signed into the before care classroom are allowed in the building before 8:30AM. At 8:30AM the regular school arrival process begins.

 

After Care

MMS offers an after school care program for both Children's House and Lower Elementary students.  After Care is available between 12PM and 5:30PM for any child currently enrolled at MMS.  Parents may either enroll their children in After Care for the full year or on an as-needed basis. Space in After Care is limited, and priority is given to families with a full year plan. We do our best to accommodate everyone, but we strongly encourage advance scheduling when possible to ensure availability. Children who are currently enrolled in the Morning Program and who attend After Care are required to nap from 1:15PM-2:30PM.   School-aged children are welcome to enter After Care at 3:00PM.

 
After School Activities
MMS provides many After School opportunities for our students. Although After School Activities vary from year to year, in the past we have offered:

*Children's Yoga

*Drama

*Dance

*Foreign Language

*Soccer

*Robotics

*Art

We have people from our community teaching the majority of our After School programs. Therefore, our programs have separate registration fees, usually payable to the individual instructor or organization providing the program. All programs are offered on-site here at school. 

We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.
~Dr. Maria
Montessori
Now, what really makes a teacher is love for the human child; for it is love that transforms the social duty of the educator into the higher consciousness of a mission.
~Dr. Maria Montessori
 To strive to meet the academic, social, emotional, and developmental needs of a child through a Montessori environment 
                 ultimately preparing the child to emerge as an independent and confident member of the community.

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  office@mcdonaldmontessori.com 

  4200 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23504