“The goal of early education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.”
— Maria Montessori

Program Opportunities at KMS

The Montessori Curriculum not only cultivates students with strong academic skills, but students who work collaboratively, share their passions, communicate clearly and care deeply about the world we all share. True to Montessori, our multi-age classrooms move in three-year cycles and are key to student success. In this environment, children in their first year learn from older friends and later become role models by the third year. The three-year cycle promotes a strong foundation for learning and appeals to the Planes of Development that growing children experience. At KMS we offer programs for children ages 3-12 in three different core programs – Primary (3 – 6), Lower Elementary (6 – 9) and Upper Elementary (9 – 12).

“What will my child learn?”

Your child will learn concentration, coordination and independence through purposeful activities appropriate for their level of development. In Primary, they will engage in practical life skills and learn to read at their own pace. They will use concrete math materials to help them grasp advanced concepts earlier than with other educational approaches. In Elementary Programs they will build upon this foundation and learn to conduct and present independent research based on their own unique interests. Across all program levels, your child will practice grace and courtesy, engage in peace education, develop a global perspective, and explore the wonders of nature. With spaces designed to inspire curiosity and exploration, your child will grow through self-directed learning.

“What will my child learn?”

Your child will learn concentration, coordination and independence through purposeful activities appropriate for their level of development. In Primary, they will engage in practical life skills and learn to read at their own pace. They will use concrete math materials to help them grasp advanced concepts earlier than with other educational approaches. In Elementary Programs they will build upon this foundation and learn to conduct and present independent research based on their own unique interests. Across all program levels, your child will practice grace and courtesy, engage in peace education, develop a global perspective, and explore the wonders of nature. With spaces designed to inspire curiosity and exploration, your child will grow through self-directed learning.
Primary Mornings (ages 3-4) programs from Kennebec Montessori School

Primary Mornings (ages 3-4)

8:30 – 11:30 AM
3 or 5 day option

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Children arrive at school and enter the classroom independently. After brief circle time, the children have an independent work cycle, in which they are encouraged to explore activities of their choice in the areas of language, math, cultural studies, practical life, and sensorial. They may work independently or with a friend. During this time, the Head Teacher gives lessons to children individually or in a small group. The morning concludes with free play outside, weather permitting. All children participate in group singing and prepare two concerts each year.
Full Day programs from Kennebec Montessori School

Full Day

8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
3 or 5 day option

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Children who stay until 2:30 experience the Primary Morning work cycle then have a midday break for lunch and rest. The afternoon provides the opportunity for an additional work cycle in the Montessori environment.
Extended Day (ages 5-6) programs from Kennebec Montessori School

Extended Day (ages 5-6)

8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Monday – Friday

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Children who are kindergarten-age have a special role in the classroom as role models and leaders. By this time, children are usually reading and have mastered more complex math materials. They have the opportunity to consolidate their learning by reviewing materials and build confidence by teaching younger peers. Enrichment opportunities include Art, Music and Outdoor Classroom where they enjoy special activities with their peer group to build community. The Extended Day Program builds a foundation for success in the Elementary Programs that follow.
Lower Elementary (ages 6-9) programs from Kennebec Montessori School

Lower Elementary (ages 6-9)

8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Monday – Friday

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In the Lower Elementary classroom, movement and hands-on learning allow children to continue to explore the Montessori curriculum at their own pace. The Great Lessons presented each year establish the framework for the integrated study of subjects in science and cultural studies, including botany, zoology, physics, chemistry, and history. Enrichment opportunities include art, fitness, foreign language instruction, and music with the addition of learning to play the tin whistle. Work plans and mindfulness meetings allow students to balance academic, social, and emotional growth in the classroom. Each year, the class has one overnight field trip, a variety of day trips, and regular exploration in our Outdoor Classroom.
Upper Elementary (ages 6-9) programs from Kennebec Montessori School

Upper Elementary (ages 9-12)

8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Monday – Friday

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The Upper Elementary classroom provides the tools, materials, technology, and instruction to strengthen the older child’s academic path. The Montessori curriculum remains a core element of daily instruction. Upper Elementary students are encouraged to complete independent research projects and service-learning projects guided by personal interests. Time management and social and emotional learning skills are fostered through community-building activities and independent work plans. Art, music, foreign language instruction and Outdoor Classroom continue. In addition to overnight field trips, students may plan going out trips to enrich their learning.
Before and After Care programs from Kennebec Montessori School

Before and After Care (ages 3-12)

7:30-8:30 AM and/or
from 2:30-5:30 PM

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Before and After Care options offer indoor and outdoor play experiences that wrap around our core programs and support families in their experience at KMS. Families may choose to take advantage of these programs as they need and based on availability.
Enrichment programs from Kennebec Montessori School

Enrichment Programs

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Enrichment Programming is what makes the experience beyond our core classroom programs unique at KMS. We offer a wide variety of opportunities including Fitness, Music, Art, Outdoor Classroom and Foreign Language. Examples include open art studio beginning in Primary, the introduction to the Outdoor Classroom in Extended Day, Japanese and Mandarin instruction in Lower Elementary and musical handbell lessons in Upper Elementary. Rich experiences are provided across all program levels.
Summer Program programs from Kennebec Montessori School

Summer Program (ages 3-12)

Open to KMS Students Ages 3-12

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The Kennebec Montessori School’s Summer Program is designed to offer an enriched summer daycare experience that is based on the Montessori philosophy that each child is unique and deserves a nurturing environment in which to explore their natural curiosity and love of learning. Our campus has 14 acres available for exploration, play, and discovery.

Activities include gardening, music, art, nature walks, bike riding, yoga and more!

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I love KMS because all kids are welcome there, and they all learn at their own pace. All the teachers are really nice. A Montessori environment is hands-on so we have tons of materials to work with and we don’t have to sit at desks. I feel like we can connect more with the teachers.

Willa Duffy, Upper Elementary Student

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I love KMS because all kids are welcome there, and they all learn at their own pace. All the teachers are really nice. A Montessori environment is hands-on so we have tons of materials to work with and we don’t have to sit at desks. I feel like we can connect more with the teachers.

Willa Duffy, Upper Elementary Student

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Kennebec Montessori School
38 Sheridan Dr
Fairfield, ME 04937

P: 207-453-6055
E: info@kennebecmontessori.org

Hours:
Monday - Friday
7:15 AM - 5:30 PM

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