25 Guptil Farm Road
Ellsworth, ME 04605


A Typical Day

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Early Morning

Children enjoy traditional play materials and help the teacher prepare the classroom for the day’s activities. Kindergarten students arrive at 7:30 to plan their lessons for the day and begin morning work.

8:30-11:15 a.m.
Circle Time, Montessori Morning/Work Time

Children gather to talk about their morning, sing, read stories, have group lessons or play games. Afterwards, students begin to receive lessons and work in the classroom with the Montessori materials. Children explore the classroom receiving lessons and working independently with the materials of their choice. This may include math, reading, art, or using any of the materials they have previously been presented by the teacher. Snacks are prepared and served by the children during this time. Students also participate in theme based projects such as arts and crafts, cooking, or science lessons.

11:15-11:25 a.m.
Circle Time

Children again gather to talk about their morning, sing, read stories, have group lessons or play games.

11:25 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Outdoor Time/Lunch

Students in the Montessori Morning program are dismissed (at 11:30) while children in the Extended Day program have lunch together.

12:15-1:00 p.m.

Students enjoy lunch together followed by dismissal for Extended Day students.

1:00-3:00 p.m.
Afternoon Montessori

Younger students use this time for a quiet rest period. Kindergarten students are able to utilize advanced Montessori materials and complete lessons from the morning work period. Kindergarteners also participate in Writer’s Workshop and Junior Great Books reading sessions until their dismissal at 2 p.m.

3:00-5:00 p.m.
Family Style Snack/Outdoor and Indoor Play

A full range of cultural experiences including drama, music, poetry, creative movement, cooking, yoga and visits from special guests also compliment the daily routine.

The mission of Dirigo Montessori School is to provide creative and stimulating intellectual, artistic, and developmental experiences for pre-school and kindergarten aged children (3-6 years old). We strive to nurture each child’s innate desire to learn and to foster his/her natural curiosity and love of knowledge. True to the classical origin of its name, Dirigo Montessori School mentors its students in their first steps to becoming tomorrow’s leaders.