Mixed-Age Kindergarten offers a rich experience that builds a solid and healthy foundation for a child’s development.
8:30 a.m. – noon (with afternoon care available)
5-day option:Monday through Friday
4-day option: Monday through Thursday
Limited 3-day option: Monday through Wednesday
Community partner with the Montpelier School District, 4-STARS
*Children in their last year of our Kindergarten program are required to attend 5-days/week in preparation for first grade the following year.
Apple Tree Mixed-Age Kindergarten
(3 to 6 years)
Peggy Roche, lead teacher
Farm and Forest Kindergarten (3 to 6 years)
Michelle Gullage, lead teacher
Montpelier Child’s Garden (3 to 6 years)
Stephanie Hoelscher, lead teacher, Sunflower Class
Marianne Perchlik, lead teacher, Apple Blossom Class (for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 year olds)
*Children must be potty-trained and socially ready to participate in the full-morning program. We are here to help you navigate which program will best serve your child as they develop and grow!
Each day follows a predictable, gentle, seasonal rhythm. Woven into the day are enriching activities such as painting, coloring, chopping vegetables, and handwork such as sewing, finger knitting and felting, all of which help to promote creativity, artistry, and fine motor skills. Practical tasks include bread-baking, snack preparation, cleaning, and gardening. The teacher leads the children through the seasons and festivals with daily circle times full of song, rhyme, movement and gestures. Children learn through cooperative games how to respect boundaries and follow directions. Rich storytelling and puppet shows nurture a child’s imagination and language development. The children also engage in imaginative free play, taking on different roles, dressing in costumes, or creating their own puppet play. Regardless of the weather, time is spent outside every day — running, climbing, digging in the sandbox, hiking, and engaging in vigorous play. A nourishing mid-morning snack is provided daily.
Knowing that children of this age learn best through imitation, our teachers strive with every purpose, word, and deed to be worthy of imitation.
The Aftercare Program (4-STARS) is led by the Aftercare teacher and is available from noon to 3:00pm or 5:30pm (Monday through Friday) for children enrolled in the Kindergarten classes. Enrollment is available in the afternoons for those children enrolled in the morning program of the same day for one to five days per week.
*Please note that ages are guidelines only. In addition to a family’s campus preference, a child’s developmental level, as well as the need for a healthy balance of ages, personalities, and genders within each group are all considered when deciding program placement.