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Highlights of the third year (Kindergarten)
The third year (kindergarten) is the “capstone” to the Montessori cycle of our Early Childhood Program. As the most senior children in the classroom, the third year child serves as role models for their younger peers. They build and reinforce their cognitive skills, leadership skills, self-esteem, and self-reliance as they internalize the academic work from their first two years of the Montessori cycle. With clarity and understanding, kindergartners reduce complex concepts to their simplest elements. Third-year students participate in a host of select activities including special field trips, community service, carpool patrol, science fair, drama, music, photography, and graduation. By the completion of their kindergarten year, WFCH students consolidate advanced academic skills before moving on to first grade at the end of the school year.
Our Kindergarten Lab (KLab) provides a space where the kindergarten cohort meet and learn together in a dynamic, engaging and well-prepared environment outfitted for delving deeper into the Montessori curriculum.
The Kindergarten program at White Flint Children’s House holds a Certificate of Approval from the Maryland State Board of Education. It is fully certified by the Maryland State Department of Education and complies with the requirement that children enrolled as Kindergarteners in the Montessori mixed age classroom must be five years old on or before September 1st. The term “Kindergarten” is used strictly to acknowledge those children who will be eligible for first grade in September of the following year.