We help kindergarten students develop academically and socially.

Girl writing on her bookKindergarten is a special time in a young child’s life, but if you have a child between the ages of four and six, you may be wondering if they’re ready for it. Many Rockville parents struggle to decide whether to keep their child in preschool for another year or move them up to kindergarten-level work. At Norbeck Montessori, we offer the best of both options!

Norbeck Montessori’s accredited kindergarten program (Big K) is a full-day, comprehensive Montessori Method experience. From their morning Montessori time to their separate Montessori kindergarten afternoon instruction, our kindergarten students are developing academically and socially in ways that only Montessori teaching can provide. Your child is prepared with individualized academics, critical thinking skills, leadership skills, and a confident love of learning. It is this year at Norbeck Montessori that you and your child will witness the “explosion of learning” that Maria Montessori observed more than 100 years ago.

Benefits of Kindergarten at Norbeck Montessori

  • Students know their daily routines
  • Teachers already know them well, and can readily work with to their strengths and encourage them to take on new challenges
  • Re-enforce skills that will lead to perfection
  • Big K students take on a new role within the classroom—one that they have been conscious of for the past two years
  • Students have the opportunity to explore and build leadership skills

Have a question or want to learn more before you apply? Give us a call at 301-924-4233 or fill out our online contact form.

Boy drawing a graphAcademic Schedule for Rockville Kindergarteners

Academically, the Montessori kindergarten year is monumental in the life of a child. This third and final year at Norbeck Montessori will be the cornerstone of their love to learn! As they continue working with the Montessori lessons at their own level and pace, their absorbent mind comes to its peak and culminates. This empowering experience breeds self-motivation, confidence, and success that launches your kindergartener smoothly into more abstract areas of academic study.

All areas of study are explored during the Norbeck Montessori kindergarten year, with the development of the whole child in mind. While this is typical of the Montessori experience, the readiness of our kindergartners allows us to hone valuable learning habits in a safe, active and fun environment, including:

  • Concentration
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative self-expression
  • Self-discipline
  • Persistence in completing a task

By the end of their kindergarten year at Norbeck, your child will have a solid educational foundation in which they will likely enter first grade at or above grade level in reading, writing, and math. Even more importantly, perhaps, is that they gain a confident love of learning along with an intuitive understanding of how they learn.

The best way to get to know Norbeck Montessori is to visit our classrooms in person! Schedule a tour for a time that works for you.

Boy and girl drawing a volcanoOur Kindergarteners Develop Key Social-Emotional Skills

Socially, our Big K kids are the leaders and mentors of our Rockville classroom. The Montessori experience provides a variety of opportunities for assisting the teachers and younger children with lessons and other needs and functions in the class. Our kindergartners take to this role with a sense of pride and responsibility which helps to mature them in some key ways.

First, they learn and practice what it means to be a good leader/mentor—support and cooperation, taking initiative and problem solving to name a few. Secondly, it reinforces their own knowledge and abilities through teaching and sharing with others including each other (the other Big K kids). By the end of their kindergarten year at Norbeck, your child will have significantly developed in their ability as a caring and cooperative leader and friend.

A day in big KA Day in Big K at Norbeck Montessori in Rockville

A typical day in the life of our oldest children is busy and exciting! The morning part of their day is spent with their morning class, with fresh adventures in learning and a new, important role in the classroom. In the afternoon, the Big K kids from all our classes come together as one group. This is a wonderful bonding time for us, where we not only reinforce and enrich the learning that goes on in the morning, but there are also unique adventures meant just for them including hands-on science, field trips, special performances and guests, and a monthly Monart Educational Art Class. The kids inspire and challenge each other and develop lasting friendships.

Kindergarten Tours & Applications for Norbeck Montessori in Maryland

Are you ready to see us in action? Or do you just have a few more questions? Either way, we would love to speak with you. Visit our Information and Tours page to contact us or schedule a tour.

Admission Process

Enrollment opens every January for the upcoming summer and fall sessions and we take applicants on a first come first served basis. For links and instructions on how to apply, click here.

Is Norbeck Montessori Near Me?

Although our Montessori school is located in Rockville, we have Kindergarten students who come from surrounding areas, including Aspen Hill, Colesville, Gaithersburg, Glenmont, Norbeck, Olney, Shady Grove, Silver Spring, Wheaton, and nearby areas of Montgomery County.

Stop by and see our Rockville Montessori school in action. Schedule a tour today!