Office News

Dear JMS families,

Many of you are now considering the options for your child's Kindergarten year. While there are many other interesting models available, we would like the opportunity to help you gather enough information about our program to help you make the best possible decision for your child.

From the first day your child begins at Jonathan Montessori, the preparation for their Kindergarten year has already begun.  Each child is becoming a member of a developmental learning community. They are making decisions daily that not only affect themselves, but may also affect other children. They are developing their amazing capabilities, growing in their confidence, and are using their critical thinking skills to help resolve challenges that may come their way. All of this "social work" occurs on a daily basis while the children are engaged in meaningful activities that involve the whole child. 

The Kindergarten year is often referred to as a time of consolidation. It's the period of time that each child’s earlier experiences and skills come together, are internalized, and become a permanent part of the young child’s understanding.  By graduation of their Kindergarten year, these children have developed into the leaders of their community. Their confidence soars while they model everything from academic work to socially appropriate behavior to their younger friends.  They can problem solve situations and make good decisions strictly for the intrinsic value they receive in return. These young children are capable and they realize it!   

Montessori Kindergarten was the subject of our morning coffee today. If you weren't able to attend, feel free to contact us with questions you may have. This will be an on-going topic for discussion and we hope you will spend some time observing Kindergarten at JMS and also at other schools. We would love to have you visit and sit inside the classroom to experience their community.

Jonathan Montessori cannot offer Kindergarten for free since we do not receive any funding from the state as a private school.  However, the option of keeping your child at JMS for Kindergarten is one that really deserves careful investigation and consideration. 

Please let us know if you have any questions. We would be happy to address them!