Montessori & Childcare Programs

Montessori School of Sonoma offers early learning programs for ages 1-5 years and childcare for ages 1-10 years. If you have questions regarding our programs or availability, we encourage you to contact us.

 

INFANT CLASS

12-24 months
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

This class offers an intimate environment that meets the physical, emotional, and cognitive developmental needs of a child of this age.

  • The children work on adult/child relationships, peer friendships, and the ability to form attachments and trust with those outside the family
  • The children are beginning to walk, and sit at the table to eat and gain table manners
  • The class has manipulative learning materials, which stimulate self-guided exploration
  • The children do a lot of dramatic play copying the world around them
  • Children are working on language development and are exposed to many books and music
  • The children receive positive reinforcement and nurturing as they discover their sense of place in the world
  • Parents may choose a two (T/TH), three (M/W/F) or five day (M-F) a week schedule of three hours per day
  • There is a ratio of 4 students per teacher
 

INFANT CHILDCARE

12-24 months (Available for students enrolled in the Infant Class only)
8:00 am - 9:00 am and 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This year round program allows the children to rest after lunch and wake up to continue with their day of exploration. The hours are 8-9am before class and 12-4pm after class and 8am-4pm when class is not in session. Parents must sign-up in advance. Charges are based on an hourly basis. Infant childcare observes the same Holiday schedule as regular childcare.

 

TODDLER CLASS

2-3 year-olds
9:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Daily small-group instruction which promotes skill development
  • The perfect balance of nurturing, learning and playtime
  • An environment focused on the development of the whole child
  • A variety of activities that support learning concepts for this age group
  • Encouragement and support that lead to confidence, self-esteem and a love of learning
  • Regular communication between teachers and parents to keep you informed about your child's day
  • Parents may choose a two (T/TH), three (M/W/F) or five day (M-F) a week schedule of 2 hours per day

 

PRESCHOOL/PRIMARY CLASS

2.9-5 year-olds
9:00 am - 12:00 pm OR 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Individual attention in a small class setting
  • All-day instruction with before- and after-school care provided
  • Educational field trips and school presentations that enhance the curriculum
  • Curriculum aligned with that of local elementary schools to make transition smooth and natural
  • Regular communication between teachers and parents to keep you informed about your child's day
  • Parents may choose a three (T/W/TH/F) or five day (M-F) a week schedule of 3 hours per day.

 

KINDERGARTEN CLASS

5 year-olds
9:00 am - 12:00 pm OR 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The Preschool/Kindergarten class is a half-day class, again either in the morning or afternoon for 3 hours, for the child who would benefit from continuing in the Preschool classroom for 3 hours daily as a 5 year old.

  • This allows the child an opportunity to master his academic and social skills in a familiar and comfortable setting.
  • This is the completion of the cycle of work s/he has been working on in the previous years.

 

GENERAL CHILDCARE

2-10 year-olds
7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Childcare is a year-round program offered Monday through Friday with hours from 7:00am to 6:00pm. Parents must register in advance for childcare services, payable at an hourly rate with a minimum of 15 hours per month for those students not enrolled in a class at Montessori School of Sonoma.

  • The intent of this program is to provide our children with diverse opportunities to play, create, socialize, and relax.
  • Our staff offers the children their extensive background in arts, cooking, sports, games and crafts.
  • Additional childcare for our students may be arranged by giving staff at least 24 hours notice
 

REGISTRATION

Main registration is in the spring. As openings become available in any of the programs, the school will offer spaces to children on our waiting list. The parent may then complete an application form and submit an annual application fee. Parents may request a particular class for their child; however the final decision of placement rests with the director.