Frequently Asked Questions
We offer a five day, half-day preschool program. Our Morning Class runs from 8:30-12:00 Monday-Friday. We do not offer a full-day program.
We use the Montessori approach to education which is quite different from traditional preschools/daycare centers in many ways. We have a very tightly integrated, holistic curriculum with a strong academic component. Our main priority however is to follow the needs of each individual child and customize the curriculum for him or her. This way the child is able to progress at his or her own pace while continuing to experience the joy of learning. At this age, learning encompasses a whole host of things in addition to reading and math- children are developing their motor skills, their social skills, their initiative, creativity, leadership, etc. They are laying down the foundations for future advancement.
In Montessori, we approach all of this in a very specific way. You can take a look at this page on our website to get a better idea of how we handle the different curriculum areas. Here at Trillium Montessori, our goal is for the children to experience and enhance their concentration, their independence, and their joy. We find that under these circumstances, children leaving our program can be advanced enough to be reading chapter books and doing 4-digit division, or they may simply be reading short words and counting to 100... it really depends on the child. Our Montessori teachers are trained to carefully observe children and keep them challenged and moving forward.
A daily snack is provided for the children. We are strongly committed to proving healthful snacks that include fresh fruits and vegetables and food items without any artificial colors. You won’t find cookies and ‘goldfish’ here! A number of children in the class have a range of allergies and we ensure that no allergens are in any of the foods served in the classroom.
A crucial component of our educational approach is something called the "three-hour work period" in the specially designed Montessori environment.
Years of experience and research have shown that giving children three full hours of uninterrupted experience in the Montessori classroom allows them to go through their natural cycles of concentration and achieve deeper levels of concentration and satisfaction than if their time in the classroom is cut short.
Since we are just a half-day program, this does not leave enough time for outside play.
We believe strongly that unstructured play outdoors is critical for development and our expectation is that parents and caregivers will provide this time for their child later in the day.
We also feel that it is a waste of your tuition dollars to pay for something you can easily provide for your child yourself.
We have a maximum of 24 students in our class with two teachers.