When choosing Montessori for your child, you as a parent should be aware that the program is sequential. Maximum benefit is derived if the child enters the program by the age of three and remains in the same Montessori classroom until he/she is ready for the kindergarten year.
Primary Preschool & Kindergarten Programs
Kindergarten: We understand the challenging decision that parents face when trying to decide whether or not they should continue their child with Montessori for kindergarten, or enroll him in their local school. There is no right answer for every child.
Montessori is focused on teaching for understanding. In the primary classroom, younger children receive the benefit of sensorial preparation for academic skills by working with concrete Montessori materials. This concrete experience allows the child to form a mental picture of the concept taught. For example, how big a thousand is, how many hundreds make up a thousand, and what is going on when borrowing or carrying over numbers in mathematical operations.
All of the earlier preparation in the practical life and sensorial areas now find academic outlets in the Kindergarten program. This program continues to build up on the children’s academic foundation in math, writing, reading and art. In addition to a wide range of science, geography and cultural areas. Our goal is that each kindergartener will have mastered the Kindergarten California State Standards, as well as been introduced to even higher-level concepts. After completing our Montessori Kindergarten program we guarantee your child will be more than prepared for his first grade year. Once children have developed a high degree of self-confidence, independence and enthusiasm for the learning process, they can quickly adapt to all sorts of new situations. By the time your child is in the first grade, he will be able to go off to the new school with not only a vibrant curiosity, but also excitement about making new friends and learning new things. Our Kindergarten program is a five day program.
Primary Preschool: Montessori education encourages students to attend school on a consistent and regular basis to gain the greatest academic and social advantage from the classroom environment and lessons. This will also ensure your child is learning from the lesson presentations that vary in scope and content throughout the week. Full Class Montessori curriculum is 8:30am to 2:30pm. Half classes are also offered, during both morning and afternoon. Our PreK program is a five day program.
|5 Day Programs||Hours||Monthly Tuition Installments|
|Full Program (with Before/Afterschool Care)||7:00am - 5:30pm||$850|
|Class Program||8:30am - 2:30pm||$750|
Early Preschool Program
Our Early Preschool room focuses on preparing younger children for our Montessori PreK classrooms. As part of the preparation, our staff will work with your child if he/she is in the potty training stage. Because children at this age are actively seeking out information as well as learning quickly and easily, we strive to build their skills in the following five important areas: Sensory and Perception, Independence, Language, Motor Skills and Social/Emotional Growth.
|5 Day Program||Hours||Monthly Tuition Installments|
|Full Program (with Before/Afterschool Care)||7:00am-5:30pm||$830|
Summer School Program
Lodi Montessori conducts an exciting and educational summer program that is offered as a component of the yearly program, from June through July. Summer school consists of 6 weeks and is intended to be a fun and relaxing time for your child. Summer activities will relate to the children’s favorite areas of learning during the school year. Additionally, there will be various hands-on activities for the children during weekly themes such as the ocean, the zoo, occupations etc. Fun, outdoor water games will also be implemented to “beat the heat.” First consideration for this program will be given to current students and all remaining students will be placed on a waiting list until an opening occurs.
Before/After Care Program
Before and after school child care is available from 7:00am to 8:30am and 2:30pm to 5:30pm. Children can choose to do art and crafts, reading, games and other various activities during this time. There may also be a playground recess if the weather permits. Healthy snacks will be provided at no additional cost. The 5 days per week, FULL program includes before and after school child care, at no additional cost. For all other programs, before and after school child care will be available with the purchase of our “Convenience Care Card.” Contact the school for details.
How to Enroll
To apply for enrollment in Lodi Montessori, families will have an interview with the Director during which the dynamics of our school will be discussed. This will also serve as an observation day for the parents to familiarize themselves with Lodi Montessori and to find answers to any questions they might have. The director will also meet the child and spend some time in the parent’s presence talking with the child. If both parties feel that the school would be a good fit for the child and family then the enrollment process can move forward. If there is space in the school that fits the family’s needs an Admission Agreement will be given and the family and school can proceed with the admission process.
Children are enrolled in Lodi Montessori after their name comes to the top of our waiting list, they meet the minimum age and toileting requirements, and after first months tuition has been paid. Siblings of enrolled children are placed on a separate waiting list and have the option of enrolling before children on the general waiting list.
1. Parents attend a pre-enrollment observation
2. Director meets with child
3. Enrollment paperwork is completed and registration fee is paid
4. Child’s immunization record is on file
5. Spaces on the waiting list will be filled during the school year when there is a vacancy