Preschool & Kindergarten

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Our Pre-school and Kindergarten is an art enriched Montessori program located in a wing of the old ‘Lincoln School’ located at 320 Beach St. We cater to potty trained children ages 3 to 6. Currently we house three preschool classrooms and one kindergarten, along with a full kitchen classroom and hallway learning space. Our cooking program is a time when small groups from each classroom are invited to make, from scratch, delicious recipes throughout the year. Seasonal, low sugar, organic ingredients are chopped, measured, mixed and prepared into a shared real kitchen experience. We have a 10-month school year beginning in September and ending in June, and we also offer a summer program. The main school session takes place between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Before and after school child care is available as well. Before school child care is offered from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. and after school child care is from noon to 4:30 p.m.

Please enjoy this video of the Preschool and Kindergarten featured in the Ashland Daily Tidings in 2012


In the classroom we provide a wide diversity of materials and experiences so that each child can learn and grow at their own pace.

Our Montessori classroom is divided into six areas:
• Sensorial
• Practical life
• Language
• Math
• Natural science & cultural subjects/theme studies
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We aim to provide each child with:
• A sense of order
• Enhanced fine motor skills
• An ability to focus
• Increased responsibility
• Opportunities to express their unique individuality

The goals we set for the children are:
• Self regulation
• Cooperation
• Self evaluation
• Ability to lead and follow
• Development of social perspectives
• Self direction
• Confidence in resolving conflicts
• Enthusiasm for learning


Daily Schedule

• 8:00 Doors Open
• 8:00-9:00 Early Arrivals
• 9:00 School Begins
• 9:15 Circle Time
• 9:45-10:45 Free Choice & Snack
• 10:45-11:45 Second circle and outdoor play
• 11:45-12:00 Closing circle
• 12:00-12:30 Lunch
• 12:30-1:30 Outdoor  Play
• 1:30-3:00 Circle, quiet time and rest. Some children may nap, others read and do independant works or projects
• 3:00-4:30 Free Choice Play (Inside and Outside), children eat their lunch box snack
• 4:30 p.m. Facilities Close

* Note: In some classes the Free Choice/snack period in the a.m. follows the outdoor playtime