Sunstones

Pre-Primary
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"Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."

~Maria Montessori

Sunstones

Children in our Pre-Primary programs flourish in a prepared environment that respects, supports, and responds to their basic needs for independence, exploration, and the building of trust and confidence. Our care giving teams are made up of a Montessori trained Lead Guide, a Spanish Speaking morning assistant, and an afternoon assistant. The student-teacher ratio is typically 7:1. The curriculum is based on the five areas: Sensory and Perceptual development, Motor development, Self-Help Skills, Language development, and Social/Emotional development.  

The Montessori method focuses on helping the child gain functional independence skills and children learn to care for their bodies and their environment. Toilet training is a large part of the toddler curriculum. Our toddler communities also prepare foods for snack every day. This usually involves baking as well as preparing and enjoying a group lunch on Fridays. Construction of vocabulary is a part of every aspect of the classroom–from snack time, to working with materials, to group activities. Physical activity is an encouraged, important part of the toddler’s educational experience and the children have extended playtime running, jumping, sliding, and digging on our wooded playground.

Our Pre-Primary class schedules are:

5-day (All Day): Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 6:00pm
5-day (Full Day): Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 3pm