Pre-K and kindergarten classes build your child’s academic, social, emotional and spiritual development.

Children who are educated using the Montessori Method become competent students who develop a love for learning.

Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten at Cardinal Bernardin Montessori Academy helps your child establish critical thinking skills, build self-esteem, concentration, self-discipline, confidence and creativity for success throughout their lives and academic years.

A supportive and nurturing preschool environment prepares your child for a lifetime of learning

Children who are educated using the Montessori Method become competent students who not only know how to learn but love learning.

As your child enters preschool at the Academy, she or he will be exposed to all of the characteristics of a Montessori education within a Catholic environment. Our focus is on preparing your child cognitively, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually for a successful transition to kindergarten and a love of learning.

In our Academy, children learn in mixed-age groups, with a three-year developmental span within each classroom. Your child will learn from the older children and develop a feeling of community where your child will be aided by others.

Physical and Motor Development

To become independent, children must develop motor coordination and control. The freedom of movement in our pre-kindergarten classes are an essential way for children to control their bodies in a defined space.

For our students, we are blessed with a beautiful green space–an oasis in the city–where our children can run, jump, climb and play outdoors whenever possible. And when the weather is inclement, we have large indoor play places where young children have the freedom to move.

Practical Life curriculum builds everyday-living skills

Activities of our Montessori Practical Life Curriculum instill care for oneself, for others and for the environment. Our thoughtfully prepared classrooms allow children to learn everyday-living exercises, like pouring, sweeping, tying, zipping and buttoning, as well as the need to be courteous.

Children in pre-kindergarten are able to build on their natural interests through these practical activities. For instance, a child may spend several hours one day washing cloths, hanging them to dry, and then folding and placing them in a basket for the entire class to use. The child not only enjoys exploring the world through the water work but also sees how what they do is valuable for their group as other children use those clean materials throughout the school day. Pre-kindergarten activities are enjoyable, educational and purposeful.

We believe that parents are the primary teachers of their child, and our role is to assist parents in instilling virtues of respect, work, order and cheerfulness.

Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten at Cardinal Bernardin Montessori Academy helps your child establish critical learning habits (concentration, self-discipline, persistence, creativity) for success throughout their academic years and their lives.

Kindergarten at Cardinal Bernardin Montessori

Building on what children have learned in the pre-kindergarten years, in kindergarten we continue our  focus on meeting the young child’s natural desire to “help me do it myself.”

We explore sensorial and practical life as children absorb the world around them and their place in it through what they can see, hear, smell, taste and touch. Activities that build math and language skills are grounded in the senses as practical, hands-on activities.

As young as three years old, children learn to count, sort and label coins as an early math activity. Math lessons progress as children use wooden bars and learn how to figure out the values of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. For instance, 4- and 5-year-olds may spend time working out how many bars of 10 go into 1,000.  As a result, mastering multiplication tables happens almost effortlessly.

Developing instincts for self-discovery

Language skills build on the child’s natural attraction to curved lines and interest in letter recognition. Children learn how to read through writing, first with tracing and then with drawing letters. Children can have beautiful handwriting abilities as young as five years old.

Our classrooms also cultivate habits in which children are respectful of others so everyone in their community can be safe and productive, both for harmony in the classroom and for instilling lifelong values.

The directress (teacher) serves as a guide and model for the parent and child during exploration of the environment. She is the preparer and guardian of the environment, as well as the facilitator between child, adult and environment. She also supports parents by providing information and literature designed to aid your understanding of your child’s experiences in play that foster his or /her growth and development.

Parents may also utilize an adult lending library offering articles, books and videos.