AM Class 8:30am – 11:30pm
PM Class 12:30pm – 3:30pm
The half-day preschool classes consist of 20 children and two teachers in each class.
All classes at Burnaby Montessori School run Monday through Friday.
Half-Day Preschool Schedule:
School Doors Open - School building doors are opened for parents and children to enter into the school. The arrival time is a period of transition from home to school, this transitional period from home to school is best to be brief as possible as it becomes difficult for children to concentrate and focus on their work as other children trickle in.
Children find their cubbies, change into their inside shoes and hang up their coats. Once the children are ready to enter into the classroom, they line up along the outside wall of the hallway while waiting for the classroom teachers to open the doors to the classroom.
Classroom Doors Open - One by one the children are greeted into the classroom with a warm and brief greeting by one of the teachers while the other teacher is in the classroom guiding the children to either sit at circle or to choose their first piece of work for the day.
Work Time – During this time the children are free to choose work they have been introduced to previously. They may choose to work alone are or with one or two other children. During work time one teacher will be managing/supervising the classroom ensuring all the children are engaged in a piece of work and is also available to assist children as needed, while the other teacher is giving one-on-one lessons.
Snack is available for children through out the class.
Clean up Time – Children begin to put their work away and get ready for circle time
Circle Time – This group activity will include stories, songs, games, or lessons on new activities in the classroom. It is a special time to share finger plays, chants and rhymes, songs, play rhythm instruments, read a story, and participate in movement games and relaxation activities. Circle time provides a time for listening, developing attention span, promoting oral communication, and learning new concepts and skills.
If weather allows children will go to the playground for outside time instead of circle time.
Children are dismissed one by one as the teacher sees that their parent/guardian has arrived for pick up. Once the children have been dismissed, they then processed to their cubbies where the change into their outside shoes and gather their belongings to go home.