King’s Wood Montessori School was founded in 1968 by a group of parents. These founding members believed that the Montessori method of education, which is based on responsible freedom of the individual in the Montessori prepared environment, would give their children unique self-sufficiency and competence.
The school has grown from 20 students in a rented store to 64 students in a building owned by King’s Wood. Where a single teacher presided in 1968, we currently have two lead teachers, three teachers, and an administrator. Parents continue to be the mainstay of the school. Through active participation in many areas, including as members of the governing board, parental participation allows King’s Wood to operate for the lowest possible tuition consistent with our educational goals.
King’s Wood Montessori School is a private, non-profit organization. The school is chartered as a Massachusetts corporation and all parents of children in the school are voting members of the corporation. King’s Wood Montessori School is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care and staffed by teachers trained in the Montessori method.
The two morning classes run from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. These are mixed age classrooms, with children from 2.9 to 6 years of age. The two classes have maximum class sizes of 20 and 24 students with two and three teachers, respectively.
Preschool Afternoon Program
The afternoon class runs from 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. This is a mixed age classroom with children from 2.9 to 6 years of age. This class has a maximum of 20 students and has two teachers.
Extended Day Program
The Extended Day Program is available for children who are at least 4.9 years. Students attend morning classes as described and then meet as a smaller group for the Extended Day Program. In the afternoon they are able to do individual work with more complex materials and enjoy group activities: writing class books, studying the human body, writing and performing plays, and other activities which arise from interests of the group. We also offer unique opportunities not available at other schools such as preparing and enjoying lunch together and hiking in the woods.
Children who are under 4.9 years of age may enroll in both a morning and afternoon class as described above
Before and After Care
runs from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and from 3:00-5:30 p.m.
We offer both Before School and After School Programs to parents who need additional hours before or after the scheduled program. This time offers the children additional time in the classroom working with the teachers and materials offered during the day.
Our Events and Traditions
King’s Wood is not just a Montessori classroom, but also a community with many special traditions and events that help our students appreciate the seasons, special occasions and the world outside of school.
Each child’s birthday is a special day at King’s Wood. In addition to participating in a special ceremony, they have the opportunity to share photographs and stories of their early years with their classmates and teachers. The children love to celebrate their life and growth with their classmates.
Foreign Culture Appreciation
Both classrooms focus on a new foreign country each year. The children learn songs and dances, read stories, try on traditional clothing and learn some words in the language of the country. In the spring, each child invites a parent or special guest to come to the school to enjoy an ethnic treat that they have made.
King’s Wood students have many opportunities throughout the school year to think of those who are less fortunate than themselves and participate in meaningful charitable endeavors. In the past King’s Wood children have donated pennies and sold treats on the playground for charitable causes.
Our students benefit greatly from our close proximity to hiking trails in Foxboro Conservation Land. After lunch on perfect weather days, the staff will take the extended day students up the street into the woods to discover the big rock and the stream, the running hill, and all the various flora and fauna.
The extended day class occasionally has the opportunity to work as a group to prepare lunch for themselves and their classmates. Simple dishes are prepared and the children can all help with tasks such as grating cheese, kneading dough, stirring sauces, pouring drinks and setting the table.
An ancient tradition celebrated in Germany, the Netherlands and other European countries on December 6th involves leaving a shoe outside the door and hoping that “Nikolaus” will come during the night and leave a treat for the boys and girls. We have adapted this tradition at King’s Wood so that the children have the chance to sing the traditional Nikolaus song, set out their shoes and discover a surprise treat later when they collect their shoes.
The Longest Night
Just before departing for winter vacation the children learn about the winter solstice and participate in “The Longest Night” traditions. The children sing songs and make special treats to enjoy during the time of year when the daylight is short and the nights are long.
Our school strives to enhance the student classroom experience with several enrichment programs throughout the year. King’s Wood students have enjoyed live musicians performing in the classroom, visits with a traveling petting zoo on the playground, and other special guests.
The extended day class works hard all morning preparing their classroom for their families and guests to come and celebrate their graduation. During the ceremony each child receives a special memento from the school along with their diploma. The graduates celebrate their experiences with song and dance, and thank their families with gifts of flowers. King’s Wood Family Traditions and Events:
Back to School Playdate
Just before school starts, King’s Wood families are invited to get together at a playground in Foxboro. This is a chance for the children to see their school friends again after the summer and for the new children to meet some of their future classmates.
Family Fall Hayride
King’s Wood families are all invited to take a hayride and have the children pick pumpkins and share each other’s company. We usually have a great turnout for this family-friendly event.
Family Night at the Children’s Museum
Just when the winter doldrums set in, we all get together for a few hours at a local children’s museum. This Friday night event includes a family pizza dinner and several hours of exclusive museum time for the children. Our students love to explore the museum with their school friends and parents.
We mark the end of the school year with a cookout each spring. King’s Wood families are invited to attend this casual family day of outdoor games, food and fun.
King’s Wood Montessori School parents and staff participate in a number of charitable endeavors throughout the school year. We sponsor a local family in need each year by collecting and delivering donations based on the recipients’ needs. Our community also gathers donations for food pantries, coat drives, as well as relief efforts relating to natural disasters, and deployed U.S. military personnel