Pre-Kindergarten / Kindergarten Classroom

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Overview 


Our Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten classroom is a warm, inviting environment where children aged 4, 5, and 6 receive individualized instruction.  Our low student-to-teacher ratio has a maximum of 12-to-1, which allows our teachers to cultivate the innate curiosity in each of our students.  


In order to meet the need in our community for options for Kindergarteners during the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak, we pivoted and converted our third preschool classroom into this PreK/K classroom. We have placed our more advanced 4 year olds in this classroom and have space for about 10 Kindergarteners to join.  


We have a seven page COVID-19 Action Plan that outlines our procedures and protocols that we share with all of our parents; it has garnered repeated praise from the Central District Health Department for its thoroughness.


Meet Miss Echo 


Hi! My name is Echo Davis. I am so excited to be the Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten lead teacher at Northview Montessori in room 3.  


I was born in Utah, but raised in Idaho. I met my husband in Highschool (Horseshoe Bend). Shortly after that, he began his military career (26 years) that took us all over the USA. We have three amazing daughters. Our eldest (Asia) lives in Kodiak, AK with her husband and 2 children. Our middle daughter (Hannah) is serving in the US Navy and our youngest (Zoe) is a senior in H.S. this year.  


During this time, I had many incredible opportunities working within schools and Early Childhood Learning programs as an assistant. I worked and trained with fantastic teachers and mentors. I was also attending college and graduated with my BS in Early Childhood Education. Four years ago, I took a teaching job in a Montessori school and instantly feel in love with Maria Montessori's teaching methods. I pursued my Montessori certification through North American Montessori Center.


In my free time I love to spend time outdoors, camping, fishing, biking, hiking and exploring. I'm incredibly happy to be "home" in Idaho! There are so many new adventures awaiting.


Curriculum 


This classroom will follow the Montessori Method where students learn by exploration. Our spacious classroom is designed to entice the child to explore and discover.  The orderly prepared environment is filled with multi-sensory learning materials.  The materials are organized in a specific sequence beginning with the simplest, most concrete representation of the subject matter, then make a gradual progression to the abstract.  Each and every element in our classroom is chosen to promote learning, discovery, and independence. Our students learn at their own pace and begin to think for themselves. They learn social and interpersonal skills as they develop a passion for learning.


Our Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten curriculum includes:


Children in our Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten classroom will:

  • Develop problem-solving skills and learn to think critically.
  • Feel valued, respected, and nurtured.
  • Think creatively.
  • Learn by doing.
  • Develop fulfilling relationships with their peers and develop their physical skills during frequent outdoor play.
  • Work individually, with a partner, and in groups.
  • Practice grace, courtesy, and social skills as they gain an awareness of their own feelings and sensitivity for the feelings of others.
  • Develop a lifelong love of learning.