Kindergarten Program Goals

The kindergarten program at the Ortonville Montessori Center is a continuation of the skills
developed during your child's preschool year(s). Although we prefer that our kindergartners have
at least one year of Montessori preschool prior to entering our kindergarten program, it is not a
requirement. A successful kindergarten year is possible for all children, regardless of previous
Montessori education.

Our kindergarten program includes both group and individual lessons. Following Montessori's
theory of "sensitive periods", most language and math lessons are given individually. Very rarely
are two children ready for the exact same lesson at the same time. Maria Montessori believed
that each child develops at his/her own rate, reaching "sensitive periods" for different times -
each child having his/her own "timetable". In a Montessori classroom, children are given the
opportunity to develop skills as they become ready, regardless of their classmates. However,
we believe that kindergarten children should also have the opportunity to experience learning as
a group, especially those who will be going on to public school for first grade. Therefore, half of
the morning takes place in a "traditional" classroom setting, where group activities (science, art,
writing, etc.) take place.

We feel that a child's kindergarten year is one of tremendous growth - physically, emotionally
and academically. Our main goal is to promote self - motivation through a positive and
successful kindergarten experience that will stay with a child long after he/she leaves our school.


Language Skills

Most language lessons are presented individually. Upon entering our program, some
kindergartners are ready at a second grade level, while others are still learning beginning
sounds. Your child will review what he/she has learned prior to kindergarten and move on from
there.


Writing

From the beginning of the kindergarten year, our kindergartners practice writing. Using
D'Nealean handwriting, we first work on letters, then words and finally sentences. Writing
practice includes the use of worksheets, making lists, creating calendars and writing journals.


Social Studies

During the kindergarten year, we cover the following social studies units:

- Learning about our community, state, county, continent and planet.
- Group introduction of basic geography skills, including naming continents and oceans, land
and water forms, simple map reading.


Science / Health

Science is presented as a series of units, studied as group projects. A variety of subjects are
covered, including but not limited to the following:

- Human Body - Dinosaurs
- Oceans - Dental Health
- Solar System - Animals
- Plants - Insects


Math

Most math lessons are presented individually. However, many lessons, such as pattering,
graphing, sorting, etc. are introduced to the children as a group. Those children who are ready
to move on are encouraged to do so and materials are made available to them. Below are
some of the basic concepts planned for the year:

- Recognizing number symbols - naming the numbers
- Counting with meaning - one - to - one correspondence
- Quantity / symbol association
- Concept of zero
- Sets, set comparison - more than, less than, equal to
- Shapes
- Patterns
- Sorting, classifying
- Size comparison, size gradation
- Measuring with blocks, cubes, etc. - non-standard measurement
- Measuring with inches, centimeters - standard measurement
- Telling time by the half hour, hour, etc.
- Days of the week, months of the year
- Addition with and without objects
- Subtraction system with and without objects
- Decimal system - Introduction using "Golden Bead" materials
- Teens and Tens using "Teen Boards" and "Ten Boards"
- Place value

Kindergarten Program