Our Program and Activities
Early Days- 8:30 to 11:30 Usually for the younger child, includes playing outside, circle time and work time in the classroom and they go home before lunch. Includes Spanish class every day. Perfect intro for those not ready for a longer day. They can always start here and add on hours during the year. 3 days recommended to really feel a part of the group, learn all the routines and benefit the most.
Morning class 8:30 to 12:30 includes playing outside, working in the classroom, two circle times (one Spanish one English), Professional music and dance teachers rotate days The lunch program is a special bonding time during which they take turns to set the table, eat together and wash their dishes after they clean up. They can always add afternoon class later for the benefit of extra small group instruction for Prek. We recommend three days.This is our most popular option for a well-rounded preschool experience.
Full day program (until 2:30) includes the afternoon class, excellent small group, individually paced PreK (Kindergarten preparation), and TK (Transitional Kindergarten). If they are not ready for PreK academics we offer other preparatory options. The lessons are individually paced and academic. We recommend 3 full days for their final year here before kindergarten for the best kindergarten preparation. Our goal is to send them to kindergarten confident, with a love for school and learning, and ready socially, emotionally and academically.
Let’s get ready for Kinder! PreK TK Kindergarten Preparatory class This short afternoon class is focused on individually paced supportive academic and social preparation for Kindergarten. Ages 4-6 only Includes outside play, classroom work, and a snack. Does not include all of the activities of the morning and full day classes.
At Montessori Fun, our primary goals are to have fun, make friends, and to love school. We also want them graduate on to Kindergarten ready, confident, and capable both socially and academically.
We do not offer naps.
- We work on basic skills such as sitting at circle time, waiting for a turn, phonics and pre-academics, academics, socialization, problem solving, language development, and courtesy.
- We also offer Spanish, music, art, gardening, stories, movement and dance, science, and arts and crafts.
- We provide a lunch program during which the children take turns setting the table for all their friends and ringing the bells to call them to lunch. The children love this!
Our annual “Jingle Bells” concert is a fun and priceless performance we do for the parents just before the winter break. We also study “The Nutcracker” and attend a local performance, which is enriching and fun during the holidays. At the end of the school year we have a formal tea party complete with porcelain china and classical music to practice all the good manners we have learned and to dress in our fancy clothes!!!
We have a FUN shady outside yard with slides, a climbing dome, easel painting, swings and flower gardens for the children to care for. With a large covered deck, we can play outside almost every day, rain or shine.
- Does my child need to be potty trained?
It is preferred, however, if they are not there 100% we may be able to help
- Are parents required to volunteer time?
No, but you are welcome to volunteer if you like
- When will my child start to read?
Many children do learn basic phonetic reading before they graduate into Kindergarten , but not every child is ready
- What sets Montessori Fun apart from other preschools?
The small setting of only 12 children per day with two trained teachers, the experience, and expertise of the teachers and the excellent reputation of the school. The home setting is a perfect bridge from home to school.
- What happens if my child has separation issues?
This is very normal, and if the parent is secure in their decision the child will begin to recover quickly. We will help them to get involved and hold them if they will let us if they are crying, and you can always text us to check on them. A short and sweet goodbye ritual really helps, sometimes it helps to bring a small love object from home.It usually doesn’t last even two weeks, there are just too many fun things to do here!
is prepared to encourage maximum independence. The children choose individual work activities from the shelf, and put them back when finished completing the cycle and learning age appropriate responsibility. They learn to care for their classroom and to clean up after themselves with child size tools. This enables them to feel the pride of true competence, and promote positive self-esteem as a basis for learning.
Multi ages in the classroom is good for everyone. The younger children learn so much from the older ones and the older ones get a huge boost of confidence as they help the younger ones. When they start as the youngest and stay until Kindergarten it is an amazing process! Their confidence soars at the perfect time, just as they move on into Kindergarten where they will again be the youngest in the school.
We have excellent Kindergarten preparation, and many parents choose to keep their child here for an extra year instead of a TK program. We have such small groups and individualized instruction with teachers that really know them as individuals, and the children master the skills they will need We help them prepare for the changes they are going to experience, practicing centers, bells, standing in line, raising hands and our graduates have flourished! We have children graduate to public schools, Cali Calmecac and other charter schools, private schools like Sonoma Country Day School, The Healdsburg School and many others as families often commute from other cities to attend Montessori Fun.
Spanish Every Day with a fun Spanish lesson every day we offer perfect preparation for Kinder at Cali Calmecac or another Spanish Immersion school. Si usted no habla Engles, no preocupa. Yo puedo ayudar y traducir para los ninos y van a estar hablando Engles muy rapido! Es buen experiencia para todos.