AM Class 8:45am – 11:30pm
PM Class 12:30pm – 3:15pm
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 building doors are opened for children to enter 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.
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.
Children find their cubbies, change into their inside shoes and hang up their coats. Once the children are ready, they will then proceed to circle time or go straight to work, choosing their first activity of the day.
During this time, the children are free to choose work they have been introduced to previously. They may choose to work alone 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.
Children are welcomed to have snack anytime throughout the class.
Children begin to put their work away and get ready for circle time or outdoor playtime.
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.
Dismissal will either be from the park or school entrance.