Sunset Hills Montessori School

Reston Pre-School and Private Elementary 20th Anniversary. Sunset Hills Montessori School is nestled in the woods of Reston, on the edges of Lake Audubon and Lake Thoreau. We provide a peaceful school setting for children ages 18 months to 3rd grade.

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Every child deserves to feel special and belong.  Therefore we decided to call the children who are enrolled in before and/or after school care The Sunset Club.  This way they have a special place to go and a special group with which to be associated when some of their friends are going home or to home childcare providers instead of staying at school.

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PRE-PRIMARY, PRIMARY:

  • Between 7:00 and 8:30 a.m. the child arrives at Sunset Club.  He/she hangs up his/her coat and backpack and hugs and kisses her Dad/Mom.  Dad/Mom takes his/her to the Assembly Hall where a childcare assistant greets the child and invites him/her to start his/her day.  The Sunset Club has a selection of “at home” activities (blocks, dolls, puzzles, dress-up clothes, etc.)  The child chooses to work alone, or with a friend. 
  • 8:30 a.m.: The childcare staff asks the children to put away their work.  The child is dismissed from before care to his/her classroom where he/she begins a typical Montessori classroom morning.
  • 1:00 p.m.: The child is dismissed to the Child Care Supervisor.  He/she goes to the bathroom, washes his/her hands and takes off his/her shoes.  The child lays down for a rest as required by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Music and story cds will be played during naptime.
  • 3:00 p.m.: The child gets up from his/her nap.  The older children who are in aftercare join him/her in the Assembly Hall and play for a while.
  • 3:30 p.m.: The children have afternoon snack.
  • 3:45 p.m.: The children go outside to play.  Depending on the weather and the mood of the children, they will stay outside from 15 minutes to the rest of the afternoon.  The Sunset Club staff will always have several activities planned in the areas of art, storytelling, drama, games, etc, but will not stop children who are having a grand time outside on a beautiful afternoon to do an activity that can wait for a rainy day.  We will sometimes do our art, storytelling, or games outside as well.
  • 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.:  Dad/Mom comes to school to pick up the child.  The child puts on his/her coat and backpack and shakes hands with a member of the Sunset Club staff to be dismissed.

JR/SR KINDERGARTNER:

  • Between 7:00 and 8:30 a.m. the child arrives at Sunset Club.  He/she hangs up his/her coat and backpack and hugs and kisses her Dad/Mom.  Dad/Mom takes his/her to the Assembly Hall where a childcare assistant greets the child and invites him/her to start his/her day.  The Sunset Club has a selection of “at home” activities (blocks, dolls, puzzles, dress-up clothes, etc.)  The child chooses to work alone, or with a friend. 
  • 8:30 a.m.: The childcare staff asks the children to put away their work.  The child is dismissed from before care to his/her classroom where he/she begins a typical Montessori classroom morning
  • 1:00 p.m.: The Kindergarteners return to the classroom to continue individual work that was started in the morning, as well as more advanced work  and larger projects. 
  • 3:30 p.m.: The children have afternoon snack
  • 3:45 p.m.: The children go outside to play.  Depending on the weather and the mood of the children, they will stay outside from 15 minutes to the rest of the afternoon.  The Sunset Club staff will always have several activities planned in the areas of art, storytelling, drama, games, etc, but will not stop children who are having a grand time outside on a beautiful afternoon to do an activity that can wait for a rainy day.  We will sometimes do our art, storytelling, or games outside as well.
  • 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.:  Dad/Mom comes to school to pick up the child.  The child puts on his/her coat and backpack and shakes hands with a member of the Sunset Club staff to be dismissed. 

IN THE ELEMENTARY:

Before school: The child goes to the elementary classroom where he/she may work on the computer, play games, do art, read, listen to story or music tapes, or work on ongoing projects. 

After school: The elementary children need to have a balance of planned activities and free time in the afternoon.  They help to plan and organize some of these activities.  Some of the activities for the after-school program include:

  • study hall
  • art projects
  • free play on the playground
  • planning and presenting art projects for the younger children and helping them with   their work
  • organized sports games such as kick ball, basketball, soccer, jump rope
  • board games such as Parcheesi, checkers, Yahtzee, Guess Who?, Go to the head of the Class, and the Game of the States
  • card games
  • block building