Full Day Kindergarten and Lower Elementary School Programs
Hands-On Montessori offers a nurturing, private elementary school experience with its full-day kindergarten and lower elementary programs up to third grade (ages 4.9 to 9 years).
Our Extended Day kindergartners are in school from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. They must be at least 4.9 years of age by September 1 and demonstrate a developmental readiness for a full day of school. Social/emotional development and the development of physical endurance for a full day are considered and given equal weight when deciding if this program is right for your child.
The Extended Day Kindergarten class time is an extension of the learning that takes place in our mixed-age Preschool program for ages 3 to 6 years old. This program gives your child the opportunity to work with like aged peers as well as older friends to review, reinforce, or build on lessons, concepts and skills that they are learning while in their preschool class. Additionally, Extended Day kindergartners participate in the Junior Great Books program, “writer’s workshop”, and extended cultural activities.
Extended Day students enjoy lunch and outdoor play with the Lower Elementary students daily. They have the opportunity to work with the older Lower Elementary students during our weekly scheduled “Reading Buddies” time. They’ll also enjoy invitations to observe and/or participate in lessons or cooperative projects with these olders students when appropriate.
Hands-On Montessori elementary school students are in classes from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Children ages 6 to 9 years old are gradually moving from concrete learning to more abstract learning. Our elementary classes balance the child’s developing imagination with concrete, hands-on materials. The skills acquired during the preschool years are expanded in the meaningful context of the “big picture”. Their curiosity about the world and their place in it is nurtured to promote an inner motivation to learn.
In addition to reading, writing and arithmetic, our elementary students study Maria Montessori’s 5 Great Lessons. Through these Great Lessons, students study and learn natural science, geometry, history, biology, botany, zoology, geography, geology, art, music, culture and more. They learn to respect themselves, each other, our world, its people and our natural resources. All this learning takes place through individual, small group and large group lessons in a mixed-age, multi-year class.
Through the Montessori integrated curriculum over the course of the three year program, students acquire the knowledge, skills and self confidence to succeed and become life-long lovers of learning.
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Hands-On Montessori School is a community of children, families and teachers dedicated to inspiring and nurturing the development of each student’s independence, self-confidence, self respect, and creativity, enabling each child to reach his/her full potential as a global citizen and life-long learner.
Since 2003, our reputation and convenient location have allowed us to serve families along the Route 95/495 corridor, including Braintree, Bridgewater, Canton, Dover, Easton, Foxboro, Franklin, Mansfield, Medfield, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Norton, Norwood, Plainville, Providence, Rehoboth, Sharon, Walpole, West Bridgewater, Westwood and Wrentham.