8:30- 9:00 Outside Playtime
9:00- 11:00 Morning Work Cycle
11:00- 11:15 Circle Time
11:30- 12:00 Outside Playtime
12:00- 1:00 Lunch
12:45 Nap time, for those who need it
1:15- 2:00 Afternoon Work Cycle
2:00- 2:15 Classroom Chores
WHO SHOULD BE HERE?
Kaleidoscope happily welcomes children who are at least two-and-a-half years old (and potty trained). We feel lucky to continue teaching them for three years, getting to know them and getting them ready for first grade. Children thrive in a Montessori environment, because the space mandates that children follow and trust their natural inclinations toward movement, order, and exploration. Kaleidoscope's numbers will stay low; we will never have more than 18 children, so your child will have more individual attention and the chance to focus better in a quieter space.
Kaleidoscope is mindfully cultivated to nurture your child's creativity and curiosity. We provide a prepared environment, which beckons children to understand the world around them. Through exploration of the materials, they also garner a deep understanding of mathematical, linguistic, and scientific concepts. We also empower the children to be their own advocates, to stand up for themselves, use their words, and protect others from harm. In doing so, we strive to have a peaceful environment of mutual collaboration.
The multi-aged classroom allows children to deeply experience the sense of past, present, and future, and because of this, they help the younger children; they remember what it was like to be that small. They admire the older children; they look forward to being leaders in the classroom. They appreciate exactly where they are; their individual progress is celebrated.
WHO WILL TEACH MY CHILD?
ASHLEY HOLDER, founder and director
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Developmental Psychology from Georgia College & State University. In between undergraduate and graduate schools, I was a Research Assistant at UVA. The Lead Researcher was doing extensive work on Montessori education, which I had never heard of before but learned so much about. Once I started learning about it, I was thrilled, hooked, and excited. I quickly realized I was on the wrong side of the glass: I didn’t want to pull kids away from their classrooms; I wanted to be in those classrooms. I pursued my Master’s degree in hopes to get into a classroom one day and to be able to reach children who squirm, ask too many questions, or who don’t fit convention. My Master’s Degree is in Gifted and Creative Education from UGA, where I learned about different models and methods to reach each child’s individual needs. After teaching at a public school for a year, I left to work at Athens Montessori School, where I taught in various capacities for six years. I substitute taught for a year, then I got a position as an Assistant. After just one year of teaching as an Assistant Teacher, I pursued my Montessori training in Kennesaw, Georgia, to begin my path toward lead teaching. I was the lead teacher for three years.
I happily integrate my personal interests into this vocation of mine: I love baking and cooking with children, enriching music time with ukulele, inspiring them to pursue knitting and sewing, exposing them to artists and styles of art, and gardening.
KEEPING YOU CONNECTED
Our days are rich and full. Your child plays hard, concentrates for long periods of time, and has real-world and imaginative adventures. We want you to have a conversational foothold and to feel closely connected. We want to support you in celebrating, understanding, and encouraging your child.
Please keep coming back to our website, because we will update our password-protected blog with articles about child development, Montessori method, and parenting issues. We will also feature class projects, units of study, and lyrics to the songs your child will sing around the house. Let us know what topic you might like to see on the blog, and we'll work to accommodate.
We also have an instagram account, so please request to follow @kaleidoscopemontessori to get sneak peeks into our days! As an alternative, you can log into the blog, as we post all of our pictures there as well.
We incorporate the preparation of snack into our morning work time: Picking vegetables from the garden, cutting vegetables or fruit, cooking rice or edamame, etc. Then, as part of our circle time, we eat snack communally.
Snacks are all organic, compliant with sensitivities and allergies of the children, seasonal, and (when possible) local. We strive to have high-protein and complex carbohydrates We will keep you posted about what foods we eat daily as part of our ongoing strive to keep you informed and connected.
We proudly and gladly open our doors.
The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in admission or hiring policies. In its hiring practices the school will further not discriminate on the basis of age or economic status.