All Year Full Day
The All Year Montessori (AYM) classes were developed in 2000 to serve parents who needed extended care and to offer children, who spend extended time at school, a comforting home-like setting. It’s the best of both worlds: school and home melded together with a nurturing staff who support each child’s full potential.
The AYM classes are in session year-round from 7:30 am-5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The AYM classes are closed on some major holidays and select days as indicated on the school calendar. A hot breakfast option is included in the AYM program, made by the children themselves with thoughtful instruction by capable staff.
Pre-K and Kindergarten Program
The extended hours in the AYM preschool class allows children (three to six-years-old) to truly set their own pace for learning and take full advantage of the academic materials offered in a typical Pre-K– Kindergarten classroom. They also develop unique one-on-one relationships with their teachers who offer encouragement, accountability, and mentorship in support of the school’s ultimate mission: helping our students grow into exceptional adults.
Daily swimming, outdoor play, and picnics fill the summer months in AYM. Also, with the benefit of time and attendance through August, the AYM students build a plentiful vegetable garden which is ultimately used to create garden-to-table snacks prepared by the children. Finally, seasonal events are planned by the AYM students throughout the year in order to strengthen the classroom community and bring together hard-working parents who share the challenge of finding priceless time with family and friends.
The all year elementary program provides students myriad opportunities to learn by doing and take full advantage of the unique academic curriculum and facilities while learning real life skills and how to be a productive member of a community. The elementary students and AYM students come together in the kitchen every morning for breakfast. They help prepare breakfast and delegate jobs necessary to get the classroom ready for the day. From 4:30-5:30, the elementary students play games in the gym or spend time outside. On days when only AYM is in session, the students have a topic of study and plan a “going out” related to that study. For instance, the students may study the history of Northbrook and conclude the morning with a trip to the Northbrook Historical Society. During the summer months, AYM students participate in a variety of summer camps, such as Opera Camp, Sports Camp, Master Chef Camp, Derby, and STEM Camp. The morning is typically the work period, while the afternoon includes recess and swimming everyday.
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