Program Description

Columbia Montessori School provides a variety of programs and schedules to meet the needs of today’s families. We offer three and five day programs with full and part time schedules. During the academic school year ( September – June) we offer a  three and five day programs. Our summer program is more flexible because of vacations. The summer programs can be two, three, and five days per week.  This allows children to attend Columbia Montessori School twelve months per year.

Options for School Day

Three or Five Days
Half Day
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Full Day
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Full Day with Day Care
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Options for Summer Camp

Three or Five Days
Half Day
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Full Day
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Full Day with Day Care
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Fall Programs

We currently have four classes in session during the morning hours.  In all classes, emphasis will be given to ground rules of a Montessori class. Lessons of grace and courtesy will also be given. The Montessori Philosophy believes that children learn from each other. That is why we have mixed age groups in all the classes. All children receive Art, Music and Spanish as part of the curriculum. Extra classes such as Ballet and Physical Education are additional programs offered in the late afternoon, at an additional fee.

PRIMARY CLASS # 1 is for children ages 2.5 to 4.0. This Montessori class is for children who are toilet trained. The teachers will help and encourage those children who are not totally trained, but who are progressing well with this stage of learning, however, space for these children is limited. Encouragement to  help promote good bathroom habits is stressed. Children who stay all day will nap after having lunch together. Social skills and focus on academics using the Montessori materials are taught. The class is from 9:00 to 11:30, three or five days per week. The Day Care program is from 3:00 – 6:00.

PRIMARY CLASS #2 and #3 are for children ages 3.0 to 5.0. This class meets State Kindergarten requirements for 5 year olds. These children must be toilet trained and do not nap.  Social skills and focus on academics using a full set of Montessori materials are stressed. This class can be part time (9:00 – 11:30 or 12:30 – 3:00), or full time (9:00 – 3:00). Children who stay all day have a second session of Montessori after lunch and recess. The Day Care program is from 3:00 to 6:00.

KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE are for children ages 5 to 7.  This class is for children who have had two or more years of Montessori education. These children focus on academics using a full set of Montessori materials. Attention is given to social skills and preparing them for public and private schools. An introduction to traditional teaching methods will also be used. This class is from 9:00 to 3:00 only, five days per week. To be considered for this class, children must meet certain academic requirements.  If your child will be five years old on or before September 1, he/she is considered kindergarten age.  Early admission to Kindergarten is considered on an individual basis.  If you feel your child is ready for Kindergarten but does not meet the state requirements, and would like to consider early admission, please call the school office for more information.  To be considered for early admission Kindergarten at our school your child must turn 5 years old by October 13.  Students currently attending Columbia Montessori have first priority for Kindergarten and First Grade over early admission Kindergarten students.  Class placement for early admission Kindergarten is a decision by Administration.  Parent requests will be considered.  The Day Care program is from 3:00 to 6:00.

Extra Classes

The classes listed below are a part of the curriculum and are offered at no extra cost. They provide an enrichment to our program and a variety in the children’s day. Classes will begin in October and are held once per week. Information for the paid classes will be available after the parent meeting in September.


Mrs. Joanne Alme will be our Music teacher again this year. Ms. Joanne is a trained Montessori teacher and currently owns her own music school. She will teach the children the joys of musical concepts, rhythm instruments and sing-a-longs.


Mrs. JoAnn Ekstrom will provide Art projects for special events and holidays. Ms. JoAnn, as owner of KINDER CRAFTS, has over 20 years of experience working with children. She will supplement her classes with children’s literature related to the Art Project. She uses various materials and supplies to allow the children to experience the “JOY OF ART”. Children not scheduled to come on Art day will do the projects on a day they are here or take the project home to do.


Teaching our Spanish program again this year will be Senora Margarita Martinez. Senora Margarita has over 20 years experience teaching the Spanish language to young children. Spanish will be introduced to the children using songs, games and pictures.


We would like to welcome Mrs. Laveeta Sweeney as our Reading Specialist again this year.  Ms. Laveeta is a trained Montessori teacher with over 22 years experience in Montessori teaching.  Individual sessions will be scheduled weekly for children who have mastered the phonetic sounds and who will benefit from follow up reinforcement and comprehension work.

THE FOLLOWING CLASSES ARE OFFERED FOR CHILDREN IN THE LATE AFTERNOON AT AN ADDITIONAL COST.  Children must be 3 1/2 years old to enroll in the after school programs.

JUMPBUNCH: This sports and fitness enrichment program is designed to build coordination and self-esteem in young children. The program is taught in a fun, age-appropriate manner in a safe, non-competitive environment. Class is held on Thursday ~ 3:15, 3:45 and 4:15pm.

CREATIVE MOVEMENT AND BALLET: This program will teach the children rhythm and coordination and help develop fine motor skills.  Ms. Debbie Braun will be returning. She has been with our school for over 16 years. Class is held on Tuesday ~ 3:15pm to 4:15pm.

Field Trips

Columbia Montessori School provides several field trips during the school year.  Each trip is season appropriate, such as, the Fall trip to Larriland Farm.  Parents and children enjoy this yearly outing to western Howard County to pick a pumpkin and take a hay ride around the farm.

During the Winter months, because of the cold weather, the school invites local performers, such as, Magicians and Puppeteers to entertain the children at the school.

Spring time we plan an outing to a local petting farm.

The Summer camp provides “in school” programs to entertain the children.  For safety purposes we do not go outside the area during the summer.

Safety of the children is our utmost concern.  We do not take young children out of the Howard County area.  However, the first grade and kindergarten class takes one trip outside of Howard County during the school year.  For all trips, parents are required to chaperone if their child is under three years old.  Parent chaperones are requested for all other age groups, as well.

Summer Program

Our summer program gives the children a variety in their day and allows them to stay with us throughout the year. This program is a recreational program with Gymnastics, Swimming and Swimming lessons, Art, Spanish, Music and Academic Review. We have a summer theme, which includes activity books. The Art, Music, and Guest speakers help to enrich and reinforce this theme. The summer curriculum is on a three-year rotation.

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND – study of the United States

CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD – study of the Seven Continents

RUMBA THROUGH SOUTH AMERICA – Study of Central and South America


The Columbia Montessori School is offering an exciting Summer Camp of the finest Montessori learning experiences. Our summer camp can be an introduction to our popular pre-school through first grade program which is offered during the school year. It can also serve as an excellent enrichment opportunity for children 2.5 to 7 years of age.

This summer we will study how children around the world are alike and different.  We will learn about life in other countries, as well as, build cultural awareness and global respect. We will also have lots of enjoyable summer activities such as Spanish, Swimming, Jumpbunch, Music, Arts and Crafts, Nature Studies, Science and In-House Field Trips. Again this year, we will be adding Yoga and Soccer.

The Montessori Camp will be offered every day from 9:00 to 3:00. Academics are reviewed when children do not have swimming and in the afternoon when time allows. All fees, except swimming lessons arid in-house field trips are included in the tuition.

All new students must attend at least two weeks during the summer to help acclimate to their new environment and teachers.

A summer calendar will be available to show curriculum plans and when special classes and activities will be scheduled.

Day Care Program

7:00 AM to 9:00 AM & 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

The Day Care program is designed to give working parents the full value of a Montessori Education. Children may arrive at the school at 7:00 am and stay until 6:00 pm. Before and after Montessori classes, the children spend time in a non-academic setting that provides opportunities for free play, fantasy play, role play, large muscle activities and structured art.

This is a balance program which offers the children an opportunity for intellectual growth and social interaction, combined with a vast amount of warmth and affection from a trained staff.

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