The Explorers program is designed for children in their last year at Salem Montessori. To join Explorers, a child must be 4½ by September 30th, have been in a Montessori pre-school program, and have a teacher recommendation. Children who are 5 years old and are in their kindergarten year have priority.
In this final year at Children’s Garden, children have developed confidence and a sense of accomplishment and serve as models for younger children. The Extended Primary/K children attend from 8:15 AM to 2:15 PM; they spend the morning in one of our mixed age primary classrooms until lunchtime, at which time the older children from both primary classrooms join together to have lunch and spend the afternoon together.
Having a smaller group of just older children allows for more advanced, age appropriate exploration of each of the Montessori areas. A smaller group of older children allows for reading long chapter books out loud, taking walks around the Cherry Creek neighborhood, as well as eagerly exploring reading, writing, mathematical calculations, geography, science and art. To capitalize on the developmental benefits to both the older and younger children at Children’s Garden we invite one Ext.P/K child at a time to assist in our toddler program. Five and six year olds enjoy working together, so we give them additional time in Zach’s Place so that they may collaborate on larger open-ended art projects of their own design.