Our program is 5 days per week, Monday – Friday. Recognizing the community’s need for extended hours, we are open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Our Preschool program runs as follows:
Infant: 10 weeks-18 months
Toddler: 18 months- 3 years
Primary: 3 years – Kindergarten
Half Day: 7:30am -12:30 pm or 12 pm to 4:30 pm
School Day & Kindergarten: 8:30 am -4:30 pm
Our Montessori program uses a holistic approach to help children develop positive self-image, confidence, and resilience. Research on the Montessori method has shown that self-esteem is a key predictor for future success.
The multi-age classrooms allows the child to grow over several years with the same peer and teacher. Over the span of time, the teacher supports the child’s learning through observation and develops a special connection to understand the child’s needs and strengths.
Younger children can learn organically through their observation of older peers. Older children are able to assume a leadership role in the classroom, developing their confidence and self-esteem. The older child has the opportunity to teach lessons to a younger child. Through showing the lesson to someone else they gain a deeper understanding and builds leadership skills. Collaborations and interactions between the children builds community within the class and a unique family-like environment. They become a “family of learners” who support and care for each other.
Karter uses Conscious Discipline in our classrooms. This is taught as part of our curriculum, during Group Time. You can visit www.consciousdiscipline.com for more information.
In our Montessori classrooms, the first lessons taught are lessons of grace and courtesy. When a child learns to respect others and his/her environment, they gain self-esteem and confidence and a feeling of self-worth. Our staff leads by example and treat the children and the environment with respect. Children learn not to disturb other children while they are working and to respect the classroom as it is their own and to take care of it, to preserve the quality of the materials and look of the classroom. We ask that parents do the same. During drop off and pick up times, children are required to be with a parent/guardian and respectful of the environment in which they are entering or exiting. Parents are responsible for their children during these times. Walking feet and inside voices are required at all times.
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