St. Madeleine Sophie Barat
Give only good example to the children....Win them by an appeal to their piety and to their hearts. Soften your reprimands with kind words. Encourage and reward them. That is, in short, our way of educating.
The founder of Sacred Heart education, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, saw the school as an extension of the home. When kids are loved, they learn. Our Sacred Heart Montessori Preschool program, therefore, offers our youngest learners (ages 3-5) an opportunity to explore the world around them, expand their knowledge, and gain independence with an abundance of love.
Crafted by educator Dr. Maria Montessori, the Montessori Method aligns beautifully with a Sacred Heart education. It begins with a fundamental premise: that children are naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared environment. Our preschool teachers are keen observers who value the development of the whole child: physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive. As a result, the classroom becomes a place where young students develop coordination, concentration, confidence, order, and independence.
Our preschool consists of five classrooms, each with a maximum of 15 students, one lead teacher, and one assistant teacher. The classrooms are equipped with a full range of Montessori materials which help young children build independence through repeated practice of concrete experiences.
In our Montessori Preschool curriculum, the primary areas of guided, independent, or small group learning encompass:
Additionally, our preschoolers also have access to a staffed Outdoor Classroom, which provides multisensory lessons that engage the whole body and introduce the study of nature.
Last, at the center of daily discussions with young students, Grace & Courtesy are underscored as both Montessori and Sacred Heart community values, and set an important foundation for later experience with Code of the Heart (conduct expectations) in the Lower & Middle Schools.
Each year, our preschool students have a variety of activities integrated with their school schedule, encouraging further exploration and excitement for learning. The following are just some of the opportunities regularly offered:
A child must be three years old by May 31 to start school in August. Following our Montessori program, preschool students will generally spend one to two years* in the same classroom before moving on to Kindergarten.
Before starting in Preschool, a child must be toilet-trained, ready to separate from their primary caregivers, and willing to interact positively with children and adults. We aim to nurture the child's interests by providing a balance of social-emotional learning and academic tasks.
*Please note, children with June, July, and August birthdays typically will spend one (sometimes two) years in Preschool before moving on to Kindergarten.