Preschool Program

Willistown Country Day School offers preschool education at the Derham Campus for ages 3-5 and at the West Goshen Campus for ages 2-5.

The prepared environment of the classroom lets the child absorb the world about him through work with a wide variety of materials. The first of these are the many practical life activities where, through concentration and practice, the child develops good habits of work that are the foundation of his later education. He learns how to focus on a project: get needed materials, use them and complete the task, and return everything to its place on the shelves.

Pouring, washing, arranging – all with an eye to detail – help the young child to establish order, not only physically but also, psychically. Sense of order is the first step in developing skills needed for later classification work in the elementary grades. The importance of these practical life skills cannot be overemphasized.

A Typical Day Schedule for Preschoolers

8:00-8:45 am Arrival and Montessori independent work time
8:45-9:00 am Clean up
9:00-9:15 am Circle Time:
– Discussion re: breakfast, health, feelings, choosing work for the day
– Presentation of new Montessori materials
9:15-11:15 am
(10:15 am – snack time)
Work section:
Math
Language Arts
Practical Life Activities
Science
Music
11:30 am Part-time students dismissed
11:30-12:00 pm Hand washing/Lunch
12:00-12:30 pm Recess
12:30-2:50 pm Reading and rest time/Montessori Extensions/French-Spanish
3:00 pm Dismissal for Full Day Students
3:00-3:15 pm Snack time for Extended Day Students
3:00-4:00 pm Outdoor games for free play
4:00-4:15 pm Story time
4:15-5:15 pm Late day activities – painting inside, art projects, puzzles, etc.
*Informative field trips and special guest seminars are an integral part of the preschool curriculum