Preschool & Kindergarten
A Montessori program that fosters a lifetime love of learning.
Our Little Sprouts preschool and kindergarten program provides children with individual choices of play and work, allowing solo exploration as well as peer learning. Through projects, learning centers, and group activities, children develop social, academic, visual, and motor skills as they explore math, science, literacy, social studies, and the arts.
Groups come together in a nurturing, collaborative environment, with teachers who design learning experiences that are responsive to student interests and involve exploration and expression. Our flexible program enables families to choose which days and times work best for their child. Families choose from two to four days per week (Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday or all four days), with either half or full days.
A nurturing, collaborative environment
Little Sprouts Kindergarten
Typically, there is a different set of expectations for children who are enrolled in Little Sprouts as kindergartners. Children enrolled in our kindergarten program are encouraged to focus on reading, math, creative writing, and handwriting more regularly than preschoolers. Although all of the children in our program have exposure to these academic concepts, the kindergartners typically have more small group or individual lessons from a teacher on a daily basis.
Little Sprouts offers part time schedules for kindergarten students, which allows our teachers to work in tandem with families who prefer to offer their child partial home schooling and a warm and personal school experience with other children.
Students grow as individuals, at their own pace, in an environment that accepts them for who they are.
Little Sprouts offers preschool and kindergarten within the same classroom. The children in our classroom range from 3 to 6 years old. Having a wide range of ages in the classroom allows for children to learn through peer observation, and also reinforces their own learning through modeling to younger children. Older children develop a strong sense of accomplishment from helping and teaching younger children, while younger children benefit from the modeling and guidance of their older classmates. A multi-age classroom also allows for a broad scope of materials in the classroom that meet a child according to their particular needs, as opposed to just their age.
Our approach follows the Montessori philosophy that children work best in an environment with a range of ages.
A typical day at Little Sprouts.
Children and teachers come together for a meeting in which they can participate in a variety of activities. A typical group meeting may include learning about new materials, reading stories, singing songs, or learning sign language.
The daily schedule at Little Sprouts is flexible enough to provide adaptability when necessary, but structured enough to provide predictability for the children. We want them to view their school as a safe and comforting place, where they know what to expect and when to expect it.
The Montessori approach allows for child-directed learning opportunities. As such, the daily schedule may periodically shift to accommodate the learning desires of the children. Children also participate in morning and afternoon snacks. Play and movement are a crucial part of our program, and children enjoy daily gross motor activities. Children who stay for a full day are invited to participate in a quiet, restful time during lunch.