The Pre-K children share the Primary Room with the Kindergarten children and this age grouping allows younger children to learn from their older classmates, as well as their teachers, while older children develop confidence and self-esteem through helping the younger students.
A strong sense of community is evident in the classroom, as well as a respect for others, the classroom, the environment and the students themselves.
The Montessori experience inspires a love of learning and a curiosity about the world that lasts a lifetime.
The classroom library is a place for a child to go for information, comfort or personal space. An array of books are displayed in a cozy corner for a child to engage in.

A Typical day in Pre-K

8:30 a.m.

We open the door to greet the students as they arrive. One teacher stands at the door to greet the student and parent, shake hands and another helper will help the student find their cubby so that they can take off and put away their shoes and coat. (By the time gradual entry over, most children are completely independent in this area). Another teacher sits at circle with classical or world music playing and greets the students one by one with a smile and a handshake and encourages them to find a place in circle and be seated cross-legged.

8:50 a.m.

Once the students have arrived, we begin with a Good Morning song, a few finger plays, review the calendar, have news time, and the special helper is chosen for the day. The special helper does the weather and counts each classmate in the group (in both French and English). If any group presentations are required that day, they are presented at this circle time, such as when there are new Practical Life or art activities on the shelves.

9:10 a.m.

We often ask our students to close their eyes and think about what work they would like to begin with today and when they have thought of something to raise their hand. The teacher (or the special helper) will walk around the circle and gently tap each child on the shoulder (one by one). It is a really calm way to begin the day and helps each student begin the day focused and ready to find an activity to work on. While the children work independently, the teachers provide individual and group lessons and the teaching assistant reinforces the important rules and routines of the class and helps diffuse any issues as they arise throughout the morning.

10:15 a.m.

Snack time! Children will wash their hands first in the washroom and get their lunch kit then find their seat.  After snack they they put their lunch kits away and, now refreshed, start another activity or resume what they were doing before.

11:50 a.m.

The special helper pushes ‘play’ on our CD player to signal that it is time to clean up. The music is great reminder to clean up in a calm, peaceful manner. Once the students tidy their work, we all sit down for a short transitional time. We reflect on the morning, play some sort of a transition game, while one-by-one we take turns to wash our hands and get our lunch out.

12:00 p.m.

Eating lunch is the perfect opportunity to reinforce the importance of grace, courtesy and good manners in the Montessori classroom……it is such a special time of day!

12:40 p.m.

Usually by this time, the students have finished eating, tidied the floor and tables, placed their lunch bags back in their cubbies and have selected a book. Each child is encouraged to select a book and sit quietly at circle, reading until everyone is ready.

12:50 p.m.

It’s outside time and they are sent one by one to put on their shoes and coat to be ready for our outdoor activities. Once every student is dressed and ready to go outside, the special helper carries the first aid kit and they file off to the playground. It is a joy to watch and the special helper always feels so proud!

If the weather is bad we will spend our afternoon inside for activities. This could be a fitness class such as yoga, dance or other movement in the auditorium.

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.

We may have open play time or begin an art project. It might be French class or we are off to the kitchen for cooking and snack!  We often have guests that teach us about what they do in the community or we may go on a scavenger hunt in the backyard!

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

It’s almost the end of the day so it’s time to clean our classroom. We all have different jobs that we are proud to do and once we are finished we once again sit in circle with a book until everyone has settled. The teacher helps us to reflect on our day and reviews some of our new ideas. We then collect anything we need to take home and get ready putting on  our coats and shoes. We put our slippers away neatly in our cubbies and line up to wait for our name to be called. See you tomorrow!

Every minute throughout the school day is an opportunity for education.
Within the classroom, the children respect their materials, keep their room clean, recycle, and take responsibility for their actions. Outside the classroom, the same thing occurs. The garden is tidy and playground toys put away; a lesson can be anywhere a child explores from the clouds to a rock in the garden.
Looking at how the earth evolved, how people are different and similar and how life changes and yet, remains unchanged, the children develop a global consciousness.
When learning Math within the Montessori classroom, the aim is to begin with concrete materials that the child can see and touch and slowly move to a more abstract way of learning. Students learn the “foundation” of Math, instead of rote memorization.

"Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment. " ~ Dr. Maria Montessori