Rising Star’s Pre-K program has been carefully designed to meet the developmental needs of the young child. The classes have a ratio of 1 adult to 9 children. The teacher becomes the link between the enriched learning didactics and what the child experiences, discovers and understands. Children are provided with opportunities to learn independence while developing their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills. Children also become a part of a classroom learning community where they utilize their grace and courtesy skills and internal discipline.
Program times: 3, 4, or 5 days per week
Full day – 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM*
Part-time – 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
*Extended Care Available
Rising Star Sings
Pines: 2 years, 4 months to 4 years (4 years by September 1st)
Potty Training Program: The Cottage campus offers this program for children who are ready for the preschool experience but are not yet potty trained. Please ask the front office for more information about this program.
High Street Campus*
Cedars/Oaks/Redwoods/Maples: 2 years, 9 months (4 years by September 1st)
*Children must be fully potty trained to attend our High Street Campus.
In the Mathematics Area, children learn and understand the concepts of math by manipulating concrete materials. Work with beads, cards and other objects allow the child to internalize concepts of quantity, sequence, decimal system, place value, and to explore the processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. This work gives children a solid understanding of basic mathematical principles, prepares them for later abstract reasoning, and helps develop problem-solving skills.
In the Practical Life area, exercises include care for self, others, and the environment. Activities include many of the tasks children see as part of their daily routine in the home such as preparing food, dusting, sweeping, and washing dishes. These purposeful activities allow the children to learn to function independently by caring for their own needs and the needs of the class environment. They learn to complete such tasks by developing their powers of control and concentration. “Grace and Courtesy” aids the development of acceptable social behavior in and out of school (greeting, thanking, apologizing, and serving).
The Sensorial Area helps the children organize their intelligence. All five senses are engaged as children learn to differentiate among sizes, colors, weights, forms, textures, scents, tastes, and musical sounds. Aristotle said, “There is nothing in the intellect which was not first in the senses.”
Language Area has two modes: Receptive and Expressive Language Oral language develops through discussions, storytelling, poetry, and vocabulary lessons. A phonics approach to reading is incorporated. The “sandpaper Letters” help children to fuse sound and symbol effortlessly, through a sight-sound-touch presentation of the alphabet. Numerous studies have found that explicit and direct phonics instruction offers significant benefits to children learning to read. The earlier children receive phonics instruction, the better. Individualized phonics instruction Writing and reading skills are generally developed consecutively. To further enhance reading development, children are taught grammar and word function within sentences.
Cultural Area includes Geography, Botany, Zoology, Anatomy and Astronomy History, the Arts and Music, and are integrated in the school day. The children are presented hands-on materials such as puzzle maps, isolating each continent, three-part cards, pictures with objects to match, books and stories with pictures, objects, artifacts, music, songs and foods from around the world support our cultural studies. Follow-up projects are also given after a presentation to reinforce the lesson.
Children in the Montessori classroom begin with the world as a whole, and then the world’s parts. We take the child from the concrete to the semi-concrete, to the semi-abstract to the abstract. The whole, when fully understood, gives meaning to the parts, and the parts give meaning to the whole.
Children learn about the earth, continents, countries, states, climates, and animals, as well as the principles of honoring all religions, cultures, and people. This helps children to obtain a sense of self and community and an understanding of where in the universe they can fit. Art programs provide the opportunity to enjoy creative activities and gain a better understanding of the great masters.
In addition to the above Montessori curriculum, children learn about working with peers, music and movement, library skills, art, and foreign language. They also learn to use their large motor skill through our Jack Capon’s Motor Fitness Program.
A child in his earliest years, when he is only two or a little more, is capable of tremendous achievements simply through his unconscious power of absorption, though he is himself still immobile. After the age of three he is able to acquire a great number of concepts through his own efforts in exploring his surroundings. In this period he lays hold of things through his own activity and assimilates them into his mind.~ Dr. Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child