Little Sprouts Kindergarten Program

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PreSchool and Kindergarten

A Montessori program
that fosters a lifetime
love of learning.




Little Sprouts offers preschool and kindergarten within the same classroom. The children in our classroom range from 3-6 years old. This approach follows the Montessori philosophy that children work best in an environment with a range of ages. The multi-age approach allows children to have a variety of learning experiences based on their individual needs in a given subject rather than simply their age. This mixed-age approach also allows our kindergartners to have the joy and excitement of modeling and helping younger children.

How is the kindergarten program different from the preschool program?

Typically, there is a different set of expectations for children who are enrolled in Little Sprouts as kindergartners. Children enrolled in our kindergarten program are encouraged to focus on reading, math, creative writing, and handwriting more regularly than preschoolers. Although all of the children in our program have exposure to these academic concepts, the kindergartners typically have more small group or individual lessons from a teacher on a daily basis.

Kindergartners still participate in free choice during our work period. We believe that this freedom allows for the development of a child’s ability to plan, organize her time, learn what brings her the most joy, and experience freedom in a learning environment. We believe that these skills lay a foundation for a lifelong love of learning and contribute to the development of the whole child.

What makes Little Sprouts Kindergarten unique?

We have an excellent student teacher ratio of 1:6, with two head teachers and one aide in a classroom capped at 18 students. This allows for each child to receive more one-on-one presentations from the teacher on a regular basis. These lessons are individualized to meet each child’s particular needs and learning styles.

Little Sprouts offers part time schedules for kindergarten students, which allows our teachers to work in tandem with families who prefer to offer their child partial home schooling and a warm and personal school experience with other children.

How will my child be evaluated for their kindergarten year?

At Leaves of Learning, we do not focus on testing as much as in a traditional school setting. We believe that each child’s success and growth is something to celebrate and cannot be measured entirely through testing. However, we fully grasp the importance of monitoring each child's progress to ensure growth. Any assessments that are given in Little Sprouts will feel more like a game than an assessment. In fact, almost all of the assessments given in Little Sprouts are conducted by observing children as they do “works” off of the shelf.

All children enrolled in Little Sprouts will receive a thorough evaluation mid-year and at the end of the year that provides their family with detailed information about the many learning experiences they have had.

Can my child come to kindergarten part time?

Yes, a child may enroll in Little Sprouts kindergarten part time. However, we believe that children learn best when they are able to practice new foundational skills, such as reading, in small amounts of time over the course of many days. For this reason, we strongly recommend that children who attend Little Sprouts kindergarten also engage in regular reading, writing, and math learning experiences at home to ensure that they have the opportunity to help solidify these foundational skills.

Kindergartners still participate in free choice during our work period. We believe that this freedom allows for the development of a child’s ability to plan, organize her time, learn what brings her the most joy, and experience freedom in a learning environment. We believe that these skills lay a foundation for a lifelong love of learning and contribute to the development of the whole child.


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LOL Covid-19 Plan
It is our goal to return to in-person classes as soon as safely possible. We are doing our best to make plans that are safe, respectful, and that preserve the sense of a loving community. Specific safety information has been emailed to all families.

Opening Plans
Delayed Start Date: Sept. 29th Plan A: In-person start with remote option Plan B: Hybrid In-person/Online with remote option Plan C: Online

Reason for Delayed Start
A delayed start will give us the advantage of watching and learning from the experiences of other schools and universities, who will have been open since mid-Aug. This will allow us to make educated adjustments and changes to our plans as needed.

Reason for Delayed Start Date
A delayed start will allow more time for the local infection rate to be reduced and improve the availability of testing.

Safety Features
Mask-wearing will be a major part of our safety protocol. We are holding off on making specific mask use details at this time. It is our goal to provide mask-free times during the day for all students and staff members.

Students 9 and younger
Masks will not be required on a regular basis for children 9 and under but all safety provisions will be closely followed.

Safety Features
We will make use of our large classrooms and small class sizes to spread out. Windows will be open as much as possible. Additional, supervised, outside space will be opened for lunches and classes.

Safety Features
Place high quality air purifiers in as many classes as possible (we have 6 right now).Stagger class dismissals to limit hallway traffic Change drop-off and pick-up procedures

Safety Features
Ask parents to be vigilant about keeping children home if they exhibit any signs of illness. Meet with all teachers to discuss a unified plan to keep everyone as safe as possible. Clearly and quickly communicate all expectations and updated information

Upcoming Events

9/15/2020   
Remote Open House Meetings