Early Childhood

Early Childhood Program Ages 3 to 6 (Pre-K & Kindergarten)

When children leave the nest and start their educational journey, they look for the ideal setting for their child. The Early Childhood Program is exceptional in meeting a child's social, emotional, and academic needs.

What sets apart a Montessori preschool from a traditional preschool?

Montessori instruction focuses on fostering your child's skills using developmentally appropriate, hands-on materials.

Instruction is focused on skills that prepare children to be independent and feel capable. "Practical life skills" are taught so children can care for their own dressing, feeding, and cleaning. Most skills have indirect goals that prepare them for academic learning too!

The learning environment is crafted with care to pique your child's interest. This child-centered approach allows for freedom of movement while building self-discipline and awareness of social expectations.

There are long blocks of instructional time to develop focus and construct conceptual understanding. The child has some autonomy to build intrinsic motivation and curiosity.

The multi-age learning environment cultivates prosocial behavior. Students seek modeling and advice from one another and learn collaboration and respect for one another and their classroom.

Montessori instruction is process-oriented and individualized. Children have the opportunity to work at their own pace and can work to their potential without limits!

Early Childhood students reading with their teacher.


Traditional Montessori learning

Students focus on:

  • Developing skills for daily life
  • Acquiring early literacy and numeracy
  • Exploring intercultural understanding
  • Socializing within safe and respectful multi-age classrooms
  • Gaining independence, concentration and essential motor skills
  • Engaging in Art and Music


Traditional Montessori learning

Students focus on:

  • Mastering progressive math, reading and writing
  • Exploration of scientific inquiry
  • Gaining academic self-confidence
  • Taking leadership roles in the classroom
  • Developing age-appropriate social skills
  • Building appreciation for art and music
  • Improving language skills with an introduction to simple Spanish
Technology, more of a distraction than a learning tool at this early age, is intentionally absent from all our Early Childhood Education classrooms, introduced later to our elementary students as a valuable learning aid.

See how much our youngest students love to learn!

Visit our school today. We take great pride in showing families the excitement and "a-ha" moments our youngest learners share with one another every day as they embark on their Red Oaks education. Schedule your personal tour with Fran Sonneborn our Director of Admissions.


Download our Early Childhood Curriculum Guide


Early Childhood student clapping during assembly

An early and valuable introduction to the arts

Through our early childhood arts programs, students are encouraged to explore the world around them, express thoughts and emotions, and learn new words and the meaning of words, through singing, dancing, drawing, and dramatic play. We realize these early formative years are the ideal time to use the arts, fun and exciting in nature, to instill creativity, a love of learning and the motivation to attend school. Learn more about this program.

Exceptional Teachers for Exceptional Students

"That 'a-ha' moment – when he or she makes that learning connection – I look forward to many of those every day here at Red Oaks."
–Mary Anne Fairey, Early Childhood Teacher

Tour our school during school hours

Schedule a visit to Red Oaks with Fran Sonneborn, our Director of Admission. She can answer any questions you may have as your walk our hallways and observe our classrooms.