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Preschool at the Daycroft Schoolann arbor preschool

Parents in Ann Arbor, all of Washtenaw County, and surrounding communities look to Daycroft School when they want to provide a highly personalized educational experience for their preschool-age children.  

Daycroft preschool classrooms provide a prepared environment in Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, Science, Geography and Culture areas. The direct and indirect aims of these curriculum areas are to develop order, concentration, coordination and independence in the children.

Grace and courtesy are also integral parts of the preschool classrooms and are modeled consistently.

Personalized to Your Child

  • Students can enroll at age 33 months of age and potty trained.
  • Daycroft’s preschool curriculum emphasizes practical life, sensory education, language arts, mathematics, and creative play.
  • Your child receives individualized attention from two Montessori-certified teachers in each Daycroft  preschool classroom.
  • With guidance from our teachers, your child makes choices, develops skills, and discovers the joy of learning.

Personalized to Your Schedule

  • Preschool is a five day a week program.
  • Daycroft’s flexible scheduling lets you mix full-day and half-day sessions.
  • Before-school and after-school care is available as well as enrichment programs.

Practical Life - Real Life Skills

  • Self-care: dressing and feeding oneself and independent toileting
  • Gross muscle development, to strengthen balance and core muscles
  • Fine motor development of the wrist, pincer grip, and left to right movement
  • Introduction of the work cycle
  • Food Preparation

Sensorial-Learning Through the Senses

  • Visual activities to explore color, shape, size and comparison
  • Tactile exploration opportunities
  • Listening to distinguish sound


  • Receptive listening
  • Expressive speech
  • Language and movement combined
  • Vocabulary/nomenclature
  • Appropriate social language modeled and used
  • Voice modulation


  • Activities to order objects
  • Experiences with quantity
  • Mathematical vocabulary introduced
  • Guided counting activities
  • A consistent, predictable environment and a schedule that respects the children’s inner drive for order 


  • Time spent outdoors in all seasons
  • Purposeful observation of the outdoor environment
  • Vocabulary to describe observations and experiences
  • Natural objects available in the classroom for exploration