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TK & Kindergarten 4-6 Years

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This 9 a.m.—noon class is offered five half days per week, depending on location. Children may also join us in our Extended Primary program. This optional class is an extension of our morning program and is held from 12 noon to 3 p.m., allowing children to participate in a full-day Primary or TK/Kindergarten program (9 a.m.–3 p.m.). The prepared environment of the TK/Kindergarten class consolidates the foundation of concrete learning developed during the Primary years and provides ever-increasing opportunities for abstract thought. These very confident children are ready to take the next step with many of the same materials that have been introduced to them in the Primary years, along with a wealth of new and exciting experiences.

The children hone their practical life, sensorial, math, and language skills in a busy, congenial atmosphere. The children use and build on their social skills as they discover ways to solve problems and negotiate conflicts. The TK/Kindergarten class offers a peaceful yet invigorating environment for the older child to take advantage of the Montessori emphasis on learning how to learn, which will serve the child throughout his or her life.

Please note that children must be 4 years of age by the July 1st preceding the start of the school year to be eligible for this class. Children who are doing their Kindergarten year with Fountainhead must attend five half days per week or more of class time. For more about your child's Kindergarten year with Fountainhead please refer to our Parent Resources Tab.

TK/Kindergarten Program Goals

Communication Development
Supporting your child's verbal, non-verbal, and listening skills for connecting with family, friends, and beyond.
  • Problem solving through cooperation and brain-storming with others
  • Independently following directions involving two or three steps
  • Practicing expressing emotions without being overwhelmed
  • Telling stories with a beginning, middle, and end
  • Listening respectfully as others are speaking
Growing Brain Power
Providing an enriched environment and the personal relationships to make the most of your child's amazing brainpower.
  • Using materials that bridge concrete and abstract thinking
  • Writing stories to practice phonics
  • Practicing place values for large-number concepts
  • Using Montessori materials to introduce math operations
  • Sensorial materials to aid 3-D thinking
Building Relationships
Helping your child develop trust, self-confidence, and problem solving skills for positive relationships with friends, parents, and teachers.
  • Treating others with courtesy and respect, both in words and actions
  • Learning to wait while others have a turn
  • Cooperating in small and large groups during work, games, and free play
  • Respecting others’ personal boundaries
  • Enjoying forming close personal friendships
Helping Healthy Bodies Flourish
Nurturing your child's physical well-being through active play and body awareness.
  • Continuing to improve healthy daily-living skills
  • Practicing hand-eye coordination through games, throwing, and catching
  • Developing balance and strength with guided movement songs and games, climbing, monkey bars, running, and free play
  • Enjoying nutritious snack choices
Creativity and Individual Expression
Promoting an atmosphere that inspires your child's unique character through art, movement, music, and dramatic play.
  • Creating 3-D art with many kinds of materials
  • Drawing pictures with detail and meaning
  • Studying art and music of many cultures
  • Using imagination to create stories for telling and writing
  • Using music for movement, rhythm, and feeling

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By observing a class you will get a feel for the environment and curriculum. Feel free to observe multiple classrooms to make sure you have the best fit possible for your child.

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Goals of the Classroom

Our classrooms, which we call the prepared environment, will allow your child a great deal of independence within a defined structure.

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Choosing the Right Class

Our teachers can offer invaluable guidance. We want your child to be happy and successful at Fountainhead, just as you do.

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About Our Staff

Ninety percent of our head teachers have over 10 years of Montessori classroom experience. They are loving, creative, respectful, and supportive educators.

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Is Montessori right for my child?

Observe a class and see if Fountainhead is the best placement for your family. By observing a class you will get a feel for the environment and curriculum. Feel free to observe multiple classrooms to make sure you have the best fit possible for your child.