Kinder Program

Kinder Program 

(Ages 5- 6 Years Old)


The Montessori Kindergarten program marks the beginning of a more academic journey for our students. The preceding Montessori preschool experience serves as a seamless transition, preparing children for the challenges and opportunities of this stage. Having already worked extensively with sensorial materials, children can readily grasp the math concepts introduced at this level, all of which are thoughtfully designed to be hands-on and interactive.

The Kindergarten program also capitalizes on the gentle, step-by-step approach to sound and letter recognition that children have acquired. As a result, they comfortably embrace the final steps of learning to read, often with remarkable ease.

Reading becomes a natural progression, and some students have already begun reading by the time they enter Kindergarten. What sets Montessori apart is that many children don't feel like they've been taught to read and write; instead, they've discovered it themselves. They begin recognizing groups of letters as words and eagerly engage with picture cards featuring familiar objects, with words matching those objects written on the back. These "sight words" become a source of joyful practice, fostering both word attack skills and individual word recognition.

Writing skills develop in tandem with reading. When students are ready, guided by their teachers and inspired by simple, interesting topics, they embark on the creative journey of writing their own stories. This practice becomes a regular part of their routine, leading to proficiency. They read Kindergarten-level books provided in the classroom and craft stories based on their readings, transforming into both readers and writers.

In Montessori schools, children truly relish mathematics. The consistent connection of concepts to tangible materials makes math much more comprehensible and user-friendly. At Dayspring, Kindergarten students master linear counting, the decimal system, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, four-digit addition, fractions, and math problem-solving.

As their academic journey unfolds, students also gain a deeper understanding of the physical world and the universe around them. They explore the animal and plant kingdoms, learning about invertebrate and vertebrate animals, the five categories of vertebrates, their anatomical components, as well as the various parts of plants. Additionally, they study the solar system and engage in simple yet captivating experiments, such as creating miniature volcanoes in the classroom and presenting their findings.

But that's not all; students also embark on a journey to understand the world as a geographical place inhabited by diverse people. Using a globe as their guide, they explore countries worldwide, not only to learn the names of countries and cities and their locations but also to acquire valuable insights about different cultures. They develop a deep sense of respect for cultural diversity and take delight in learning about various cultures, people, and languages.

One of the hallmarks of Montessori education is the integration of students from different age groups. This approach serves a dual purpose: it inspires and instructs younger children through the example set by older peers, while also providing older children with opportunities to tutor their younger counterparts. Peer tutoring is a deliberate and normal arrangement. This integrated learning approach fosters a spirit of teaching, explaining, leadership, and nurturing at every level, instilling a sense of responsibility. Teaching others enhances students' understanding of the material, and it adds an exciting and engaging dimension to their learning journey.