Montessori Preschool (3, 4 and 5 year olds)
In our Montessori preschool program, NFA implements the American Montessori approach with a three year curriculum in a multi-age setting. Here the teacher facilitates learning by following the natural development of the child. Our three Montessori preschool classrooms serve three, four, and five-year-old students.
Our preschoolers enjoy working in the Montessori prepared environment with its areas for practical life, sensorial, language, math, religion, and culture (art, music, geography, history, and science). Children have lessons with their teacher as needed for their progress. Simultaneously, one finds children encouraging each other with suggestions on “how to do this” as well as individual children focused on working independently with the beads or blocks or maps. The materials are arranged in a logical order that moves from the simple to the complex and from the concrete to the abstract. Our three and four year- olds’ sessions are five half-days per week while our five year-olds, called Lunchbunchers, have a full day program.
Optional Afternoon Session: Students who are 3 and 4 years old and enrolled in NFA’s five morning per week Montessori or Preprimary programs, have the option of extending their day until 3:00 pm. The Afternoon Session draws from the strengths of our two early childhood educational programs, Montessori and Pre-primary. It includes a personalized approach to themed learning, independent and group work, outdoor play, science, art, and imaginary play and activities. Located in the White House on the Norwood campus, the Afternoon Session allows families to choose 2, 3, or 5 afternoons per week. The Afternoon Session operates every day that school is in session, beginning with the first full day of school, except when there is a noon dismissal.