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Children’s House multi-age classrooms are designed for preschool (ages 2.9 through 5) and kindergarten students. Each class is organized by academic areas, such as math, language, and cultural. Children progress through the curriculum at their own pace. Lessons are provided individually and in groups. The multi-age classroom provides endless opportunities for your child to develop socially and academically.

Kindergarten students divide their time between the multi-age classroom and the Kindergarten classroom. The two environments, though intentionally different, facilitate and support the enormous growth that happens in the kindergarten year. Students benefit from a more rigorous academic program that allows them to study specific topics in depth and complete long-term project work. Kindergarten students are leaders in their multi-age classroom and have additional responsibilities as role models.

Students at ASM show what they’ve learned in a multitude of formats that include working with Montessori materials, engaging in project based work, discussing what they’ve learned in groups, and journaling (in Kindergarten). Learning this way allows students to collaborate, create and problem-solve, and are all forms of assessment.

The skills that students need to acquire as they journey down their path of education are the ability to critically think and analyze, and apply the information they’ve learned to real-life problems. At ASM, your child will be assessed through daily teacher observations, discourse and written work.

Programs Offered

  • Program
  • Days
  • Timeframe
  • Half Day – Morning
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Half Day – Afternoon
  • Monday through Friday
  • 12:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Full Day
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Kindergarten (Full Day)
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Sample Daily Schedule: 2.9 – 4 years old

In addition to the Montessori lessons, students have weekly music and Spanish classes.

8:30 a.m. Arrival

8:40–9:00 a.m. Recess

9:00–9:15 a.m. Circle Time and Snack

9:15–11:30 a.m. Work Cycle (Individual lessons and work choices)

11:30–12:00 p.m. Lunch

12:00–12:45 p.m. Recess

12:50–1:10 p.m. Transition inside and prepare for Rest Time

1:00–1:30 p.m. Rest Time (Nappers go to the Nap Room for extended rest time)

1:10–2:30 p.m. Work Cycle and Snack

2:30–2:45 p.m. Pack up personal belongings

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Recess

3:15 p.m. Dismissal

Sample Daily Schedule: Kindergartners

Kindergarten is a full day program. Students are split into two groups; a morning group and an afternoon group. They spend half the day in the kindergarten classroom and half the day in their multi-age classroom. In addition to the Montessori lessons, kindergartners have weekly art, music, physical education, Spanish and STEM classes. Below is a sample schedule for kindergartners who start their day in the Kindergarten classroom.

8:30 a.m. Arrival

8:30–8:45 a.m. Recess

8:45–9:00 a.m. Transition inside

9:00–9:30 a.m. Circle Time with Group Lesson

9:30–11:30 a.m. Work Cycle (Individual lessons and work choices) and Snack

11:30–12:00 p.m. Lunch

12:00 p.m. Transition to Multi-Age classroom

12:00–12:30 p.m. Recess

12:50–1:10 p.m. Rest Time

1:10–2:30 p.m. Work Cycle and Snack

2:30–2:45 p.m. Pack up personal belongings

2:45–3:00 p.m. Recess

3:15 p.m. Dismissal

Core Curriculum


The Children’s House math materials allow young children to perform complex mathematical operations including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division as well as an introduction to geometric shapes and solids. Children engage with concrete materials which enable them to learn otherwise abstract concepts. Your child will receive math lessons sequentially and progress through the curriculum at an individualized pace.

“Montessori’s math materials are designed to lead your child step by step from the most concrete representation to pure abstraction.” – Michael Duffy, author of Math Works: Montessori Math and the Developing Brain.


At this age, your child is in the “sensitive period” for language acquisition according to Dr. Montessori. Children delight in conversation and begin to associate sounds, symbols, and meaning, the foundation of both reading and writing. The Montessori classroom is a language-rich environment where your child will develop the love of literature, reading, writing, and expressive communication. This foundation will build strong communication skills, which are critical to your child’s success in life.

Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies include Geography, History and Science. We seek to create awareness in the children regarding the wonders of nature and our world. In the classroom, children have a vast array of topics to explore through experimentation and project-based work. Your child will appreciate that our world is made of many different countries, inhabited by people of various cultures. Dr. Montessori believed that teaching young children about our world and other cultures would lead to tolerant adults who value peace and respect all of nature’s resources.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

Children’s House students experience STEM through the use of the Seeds of STEM curriculum developed by Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Each kit represents a particular field of engineering. The lessons are adaptable and meant to be taught as a comprehensive unit culminating with a design challenge. In Children’s House the students also experience STEM activities through the different areas of their science curriculum such as Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth and Space Science.

Students in the Kindergarten program participate in a weekly STEM class. This instructional time develops an understanding of STEM while formally introducing the Engineering Design Process (EDP).  Stories and challenge activities are used to encourage students to identify problems, brainstorm solutions and in some cases, design a prototype. Kindergarten students then move on to experience a series of unplugged activities in preparation for pair programming using IPADS. Proper use and care of technology is also emphasized.

Grace & Courtesy

Grace and courtesy build the foundation upon which social and emotional learning takes place in the Children’s House classroom. Your child will practice skills that will help to develop positive friendships, resolve conflict, manage feelings, and be aware of personal boundaries. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning).

Practical Life

The Practical Life lessons are the fundamental building blocks upon which the entire Montessori philosophy is constructed. Work in this area helps to develop your child’s coordination and concentration, while fostering your child’s natural sensitivity to order. Practical Life also includes the integration of graceful movement with courteous behavior so that children are mindful of themselves within their greater environment. Children are empowered with the ability to choose work that is of interest to them. Practical Life nurtures independence and a love of learning building the foundation upon which success in all of the more “academic” areas of a Montessori program are achieved.


The Sensorial curriculum is designed to enable your child to discover and isolate the use of their senses (touch, sight, taste, smell and hearing). Sensory input provides information to your child’s brain where it is processed for future use. Lessons in this area help your child to develop the skills of observation, comparison, judgment, reasoning and decision-making skills.



Kindergarten students are introduced to the exciting world of art through lessons that directly relate to world around them and the diverse topics they are studying in the classroom. Weekly, students learn how to analyze artwork and explore a wide variety of materials, from oil pastels to watercolor. The projects are geared towards building valuable fine motor skills and artistic skills. Each spring, students select several works for display in the annual Student Art Show.

Students will:

  • Experiment with a wide variety of art materials and techniques including: tempera, watercolor, pen and ink, wax-resist, collage, beads, oil pastels, tissue paper, and sculpture
  • Complete projects that build a solid foundation in areas such as drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture
  • Learn how to break down complex subjects into simple shapes, allowing for more realistic drawings of the natural world including humans, animals, and trees
  • Share materials and speak about the artwork of others in a respectful manner, building a safe environment in which creativity can blossom


The music teacher visits each Children’s House classroom once a week to lead the children in a variety of musical games, stories, and activities. Students delight in singing and playing classroom instruments such as shaker eggs, tambourines, and rhythm sticks. Props, such as scarves, are frequently used during music and movement activities to encourage intentional expression. Students form the building blocks essential to musicianship, developing a love and appreciation for music through exploration and play. Each December, the Children’s House presents a Winter Concert. Kindergarten students enjoy stretching their musical capabilities in an additional weekly music lesson tailored to fit their advancing skill level. Each spring the Kindergarten students prepare several songs to perform together at their Moving-Up ceremony in June.

Physical Education

The mission of our physical education program is to provide students with a safe and positive physical environment while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.

Kindergarten students participate in a variety of cooperative activities and games which will develop basic locomotor skills and physical ability. Meanwhile, the students will learn to follow complexed instruction, act as leaders, and contribute appropriately within a team. Kindergarten students meet once a week throughout the academic year.


During the weekly class, your child is introduced to Spanish language and culture through games, stories, songs, poems, and visual-tactile associations.

Students will:

  • Identify basic words: numbers, colors, weather, body parts, animals, and holiday and seasonal words
  • Comprehend and respond to basic questions in the spoken language
  • Gain an understanding of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries

Field Trips

Puppet Showplace Theater’s presentation of Puppet Playtime: “Raccoon Tales”. Go to Puppet Showplace Theater’s website. Sponsored by PACE (ASM’s Parents’ Association Community Effort). Children engage in a story-telling performance by a professional puppeteer. Following the performance, secrets of puppeteering are be revealed!

Weather Presentation by Ryan Mackey

Story time with local author, Sherry Cerino

Standardized Tests

In Kindergarten, students’ literacy skills are assessed through DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills). DIBELS is administered three times a year and the results provide feedback that helps to inform instruction within the classroom. If a student scores below the benchmarks, the learning specialist, teacher and parents meet to discuss a plan for supporting the student.

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