Just want to take a minute to tell you how pleased we are here. We think this is an amazing school that continues to do more wonderful things. We are so happy to call Knoxville Montessori School our home! KMS Parent, 2015

Primary (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

KMS’s Primary Classes have been validated by the Montessori Alliance of Tennessee. For more info, click here.

For more information about the Montessori Alliance of Tennessee and MAT’s Validation Project, click here.

The KMS Primary Program

KMS offers two multi-age Primary classes for preschool and kindergarten-age students from 3-6 years old.

Each class has a maximum of 20 students. Each is guided by an experienced Montessori-certified teacher and an assistant.

Our two Senior Primary Teachers, Valérie Kuentz and Paige Fowler, have over 40 years of combined Montessori teaching experience. For more information about their backgrounds and the rest of our Primary teaching staff, please visit our Faculty/Staff page.

Curriculum

Our Primary classes use an age-appropriate Montessori curriculum that meets and exceeds the kindergarten standards set by the Tennessee Department of Education.

This curriculum combines hands-on Montessori materials and holistic learning activities that together nurture each child’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development.

The curriculum is organized into the following learning areas.

  • Practical Life
  • Sensorial
  • Language (including reading and writing)
  • Math
  • Science
  • Geography and Culture
  • Peace Curriculum

Primary students also have 45 minutes of recess each day.

Enrichment

  • Art: All aspects of the Montessori curriculum include lessons that involve drawing, coloring, building, and other creative activities. These activities help students learn by engaging all of their senses in the learning process. They also strengthen students’ large and small motor skills and nurture their creativity.
  • Spanish: Starting at age 4, all Primary students can choose to participate in our optional after-school Spanish classes.

Montessori for the Kindergarten Year

We strongly encourage all families whose children start Montessori at age 3 or 4 to keep their children at KMS for their kindergarten year.

If a child has already spent one or two years in a Montessori Primary class, the kindergarten year is an amazing experience – one that simply cannot be matched in a traditional kindergarten.

Building on the foundation of their previous year(s), returning kindergarten-age students in a Montessori classroom go far beyond the traditional kindergarten curriculum – working on lessons that the State of Tennessee considers 1st, 2nd, or even 3rd grade work.

Returning kindergarten-age students also build self-confidence and leadership skills by mentoring and teaching the younger children.

As a result, the Montessori kindergarten year is both the culmination of the Primary experience and a great foundation for future learning – wherever a child goes next.

Daily Schedule

7:30 a.m. Before Care
8:00 – 11:15 a.m. Morning Work Cycle
11:15 – 12:00 p.m. Recess
12:00 p.m. HALF DAY DISMISSAL
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:45 – 1:30 p.m. Nap and Quiet Reading Time for 3 and 4 Year Olds
Enrichment Activities for Kindergarten-age Students
1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Quiet Work Time  (for students who aren’t napping)
2:30 p.m. SCHOOL DAY DISMISSAL
2:30 – 6:00 p.m. After Care

Because of the combined grade classrooms, I learned how to get help from my classmates when I didn’t understand something, and later how to be an eager but patient teacher. KMS Alumna, 2009 (Elementary Graduate 2007)