All Day Montessori
MSNV’s all-day program offers students a relaxing environment before and after the regular school hours. Children participating in the all- day program play in safe, comfortable surroundings similar to those they enjoy during the heart of the day. The room is equipped with all sorts of materials and activities compatible with the Montessori philosophy, geared specifically to the age group and the child’s interests. Our all-day program maintains a consistency of expectations–the children are self-directed, make their own decisions, practice self-control, solve their problems, and most importantly, they show care and respect for the environment, their classmates, their teachers, and their families. Since Montessori is a developmental approach, the work, rest, and play cycles of children in our all-day program are respected.
Early Morning: Children may arrive any time after 7:30 a.m. on school days to enjoy a peaceful, low-key entry to their day. A simple breakfast snack is available to those who desire it, and the children engage in quiet activities and listen to stories until 8:45 a.m. when classes begin.
Noon to 3:20 PM: Children ages two through four continuing their day have lunch at 12:20 followed by a nap time. Since children are arising from sleep at different times, this is a relatively quiet, free-choice period until 3:20 PM, when some prepare to go home.
3:20 PM to 5:45 PM: Children remaining for the late afternoon begin their activities in one of several designated rooms according to their age. These rooms are set up with materials that will hold their interest and enjoyment. Our all-day programs offer a daily nutritious snack and lengthy outdoor playtime. Other activities for all ages include games, reading, arts and crafts, nature walks, gardening, food preparation, stories, singing and movement. Children enjoy choosing activities from the shelves and socializing with friends. Their afternoon time is intended to reflect the unstructured atmosphere of a relaxed home environment and to respond to their changing needs at this time of day.
An optional gymnastics program is offered after school weekly and other special after-school programs are available according to the age of the child.
The all-day program is open when school is in session, plus the four parent-teacher conference days when school is closed, during which only regular all-day users may attend. The all-day program is closed during school holidays. A calendar of school holidays and early closings is available to assist parents in planning. Different blocks of time may be chosen to match each family’s needs.
Any child enrolled at MSNV is eligible to apply to the all-day program. However, space is limited and priority is given to those who register early and us the program on a full-year, regular basis. Drop- in use of the program is accepted as space/staffing permits.