Programs

Infant:

This program provides infants with a safe, rich world full of opportunity for active exploration and enjoyment. We offer a simple, clean and beautifully arranged nursery featuring a variety of materials ranging in nature, texture and color.  Our infants will explore the sights, sounds and feel of the world and develop important social, physical, cognitive and emotional skills.  During your child’s time with us, we observe and follow their individual feeding, napping, and playing schedule while providing ample opportunities for social engagement with classmates and teachers.   MCDBG’s Infant Program will ensure that you and your child feel safe, encouraged, and loved.

  • Half Day Mornings 8:45am – 11:45am – 3 days or up to 5 days
  • Extended Day available until 6:30pm – 3 days or up to 5 days

 

Toddler: 

This program cultivates the unique phases of development in children age 18 months to 3 years by providing an environment that encourages independent exploration and movement. Children in this stage learn by observing and absorbing from their environment. Each classroom is equipped with child sized furniture and developmentally appropriate Montessori material to satisfy this inner impulse for learning.

  • Half Day Mornings 8:45am – 11:45am – 3 days or up to 5 days
  • Extended Day available until 6:30pm – 3 days or up to 5 days

 

Primary:

This program provides a peaceful and secure environment for children 3 to 6 years that fosters intellectual development through independent exploration. The younger children in this group are encouraged to work with activities in “Daily Living” to instill independence and confidence, and activities in “Sensorial” area to refine the sensory perceptions of touch, sound, sight, etc. Once the child becomes confident in these areas, the lessons from sensorial area are applied to development of mathematical and language concepts. The child’s awareness of the world around him is enhanced through lessons in geography, science, art and music. Children that turn 5 before September 30, 2005 will be enrolled in the kindergarten program that works with a mixed age group in the morning, and a specialized program that adheres to and exceeds the Virginia Standards of Learning in the afternoon.

  • Half Day Mornings 8:45am – 11:45am (Monday – Friday)
  • Extended Day available until 6:30pm (Monday – Friday)

 

Kindergarten:

Children that turn 5 before September 30 will be enrolled in the full day Kindergarten program that works with the Montessori mixed age group in the morning, and a specialized Kindergarten only program in the afternoon. This dedicated Kindergarten only afternoon program helps the children transition from Montessori to the Public School environment in first grade.

The Montessori trained teachers work with children in an individual as well as group setting to help them master the concepts outlined in the Virginia Standards of Learning. Our curriculum includes Reading, Writing, Math, Science, History, Geography, Spanish, Art,  and Yoga. Our Kindergarten children go on 6 to 8 field trips a year to various museums, parks, and Performing Arts Centers in the area for a better understanding of the world around them.

With small class sizes, and 5:1 student/teacher ratio, our Kindergarten children have consistently performed above grade level once they transition to first grade.

  • Kindergarten 8:45am – 3:00pm (Monday – Friday)
  • Extended Day available until 6:30pm (Monday – Friday)

 

Before and Aftercare:

Montessori of Gainesville offers Before and After School care for students attending Glenkirk Elementary School.  We offer a program that provides a perfect balance between recreational and academic activities.  Children have access to a Montessori Classroom with activities in Math, Reading, Science, and Geography.  A large outdoor playground, indoor Activity Room, and a basketball court are available to keep your child physically active.  Montessori trained teachers are available to help students with Homework in all subject areas.

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