This video was created to support parents and teachers in the effort to manage the demands of social distancing guidelines during the 2020 CoVid19 Pandemic. It contains ideas for bringing the heart of the Montessori method for early childhood into the home environment. Led by our head of school and owner, Jill Bockmann, the video also reveals the essence of Montessori education, and how we as a school support our families and recommend families plan for long periods of time at home, include during summer vacation, weather related closings, and public health related closings. The link for the document referred to in the video can be found here.
Boulder Knoll Montessori closed on March 13, 2020 to help slow the spread of the CoVid 19 pandemic in the United States. We remained closed for the remainder of the school year, providing virtual academic and social support to children and their parents through the end of the school year in early June. We are currently on our annual summer vacation.
As of June 28th, 2020, Boulder Knoll plans to reopen for the fall of 2020, and will follow all required protocols outlined by the Department of Health, the CDC and the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. As a very small school of only twenty children, with lots of outdoor learning space, we hope to be able to launch our 2020-21 school year with mostly outside time and will do all we can to provide a clear and carefully monitored school environment.
ADMISSIONS CYCLE FOR THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR:
At this time, Boulder Knoll does not have any openings for the 2020-21 school year. All openings created by departing kindergarten children were filled by siblings of current students. As we have an extensive waitlist, we are not currently accepting any more application for our 2020-21 waitlist.
As of June 28th, we have more applications for 2021-22 than anticipated openings. While we have not as yet made our decisions for 2021-22, we know already that we will need to turn families away, and thus are not accepting applications for 2021-22 any longer.
If you are interested in exploring Boulder Knoll for your child for academic years 2022-23 and beyond, please contact the director, Jill Bockmann, via email email@example.com.
As of September 5, 2019, we do not anticipate having any openings for the 2020-21 school year. Our policy is to provide sibling preference and we anticipate filling anticipated openings with siblings. Currently families with applications on file will be informed if unanticipated openings occur. We do anticipate openings for 2021 and beyond, and encourage families who are interested for those school years to begin the admissions process early. We do already have applications for 2022-23!
Interested in exploring Boulder Knoll for your child? Please join us for an open house on Sunday, September 15th from 1-3pm. Bring your child, and watch him or her explore our environment, while you talk with the director, current teaching staff and current families about the unique experience that is Boulder Knoll Montessori. Please contact the director, Jill, to let her know that you will be attending: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you there!
Boulder Knoll is currently full for the 2019-20 school year. Thank you everyone who expressed interest in our school. Families with applications on file should contact the director to request to remain on the waitlist, in the event an opening should occur.
Due to the small size of our school, and a large number of incoming siblings in the fall of 2020, openings for 2020-21 will be limited.
An open house will be scheduled for the fall of 2019 for families interested in visiting the school for admissions in 2021 and beyond.
Thank you all for your continued interest in our school.
Take a look at this short video from Dr. Steven Hughes, assistant professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, on the value of Montessori education. Current research on the value of Montessori education
Thank you New York Times, for reminding us all of the truth about kids!
Before visiting any school, it is important to discuss with your spouse or partner your personal vision and goals for your child’s education. This is key, as in exploring schools, Boulder Knoll encourages parents to seek not the “best” or “most prestigious” school, but the right match for your family.
Then, consider asking these questions when you visit:
- What are the school’s goals for students? The answer to this question will help you to decide if the school’s goals and vision for the students align with your personal goals for your child.
- What tools does the school use to communicate with families? The answer to this question may help you get a sense of how often, and in what manner, the school will communicate with parents/guardians. This can give insight to the school’s view of parental collaboration and participation.
- How are teachers supported and trained? What is the ratio of teachers to children? Veteran teachers to new teachers? Stability in the teaching staff of a school tells a lot about how supported and content the teachers are at the school. Veteran teachers are key mentors to younger teachers and a blend of both brings a balance of wisdom, innovation and energy to the school.
- What is the school’s view on homework? What kinds of homework do children do? What is the goal of homework? This question touches again on your personal view of education and home/school connections.
- How does the school handle behavior concerns? How does the school support families in regards to behavior concerns? Again, this question will give you insight to how the school philosophy aligns with your own.
- How does the school address individual learning needs of individual children? How are the needs of children who are ready for more challenges met? How are the needs of children who need additional support (i.e. speech, reading support, life skills support, emotional support, social support) met? It is important that you know the individual needs of your own child when you ask this question. Boulder Knoll believes that social and emotional education is as important as academics for success in life, and support of the whole child is a sign of a school in line with this belief.
- What kind of flexibility are teachers given in terms of curriculum, classroom configuration, and responding to the needs and interests of their community of learners? What kind of flexibility will my child have in the classroom? These questions will help parents learn the extent to which teachers are able to follow their instincts and the individual character of their class to make decisions to support the success of their students. This can also give insight into how your child may be supported in transitioning from a Montessori classroom to a more traditional setting.