Children’s House Program
Our daughter has been going to Sunstone for 3 years and just graduated kindergarten. She is so supported emotionally, socially, and academically. The Guides are wonderful. We couldn’t ask for a more nurturing environment. And I love that she is learning fractions in kindergarten! We have enrolled her here for the 1st grade and plan on staying through elementary school. – Sunstone Parent
Ages 3-6 Years
September – June
8:30am – 3:00pm
Drop-off begins at 8:10am
Extended Care Available 7:30-8:10am and 3:00-5:30pm
Spring Break Care and Summer Program Available
Maria Montessori’s first classroom was called the ‘Casa de Bambini,’ or ‘Children’s House.’ Today, Children’s Houses worldwide are mixed-age classrooms for children between the ages of three and six years old.
Montessori observed that these young children are concrete, sensorial learners with a seemingly limitless capacity to absorb and internalize the world around them.
The classroom environment is prepared with a wealth of materials and activities to meet this capacity.
There are exercises of practical life, from washing tables to sewing, which develop concentration, engagement, focus, order, control of movement, and independence.
Sensorial materials, such as the pink tower, help children sequence, clarify, and classify information, and refine their senses by touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, listening to, and exploring their environment.
Language and mathematics materials such as the moveable alphabet and the golden beads introduce concepts in a way that makes intuitive sense and invites repetition moving towards deep mastery.
Art, geography and music activities spring from the same philosophy, providing for hands-on, open exploration.
Social interactions arise naturally as children work together or side by side. Every situation, from waiting your turn in line to helping a friend tie his apron, provides the children with opportunities to develop peaceful social skills, respect for others, responsibility for oneself, and compassion for all.
Guides present both social and academic lessons to children individually and in groups.
Children transition to one of our Lower Elementary classrooms after their kindergarten year.
Nuts and Bolts
Children enrolled in the Children’s House program attend school from 8:30am to 1:00pm or 8:30 to 3:00pm, five days a week, on an academic year calendar with winter, spring, and summer breaks as well as staff in-service days and conference days.
Drop-off begins at 8:10am.
Extended morning care (7:30-8:10am) and/or extended afternoon care (3:15-5:30pm) is available, five days a week, on a contracted basis.
Spring Break care and our Summer Program are also available on a contracted basis.
The Montesssori classroom of 25 children is staffed by one AMI professionally trained lead guide, and two classroom assistants.
The school day includes a concentrated morning and afternoon work cycle,
snack, lunch, outdoor playground time
and, for younger children who are not yet able to sustain an afternoon of concentrated activities an opportunity to rest and nap in the classroom.
Inside the Montessori Children’s House
See It in Action
The very best way to learn about Sunstone Montessori is to see it in action. We encourage you to visit our beautiful and spacious campus, take a tour, observe briefly in classrooms, learn about Montessori education, our programs, who we are, and what we do. Time is set aside at the end for questions and answers.
We look forward to sharing Sunstone with you!