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
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
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.