Kindergarten is a special time in a child’s Montessori education. After two full years, the Montessori preschool class is a familiar environment to these 5-year-olds. They are conscious of being the oldest students in the room, having lived through two years of classroom transitions, starting when they were three. It is during this third year that you (and they) will witness the “explosion of learning” that Maria Montessori observed more than 100 years ago.
The Beginnings Montessori Kindergarten program builds upon the skills acquired during preschool to further develop the student’s:
In our primary classroom, students are able to explore specially designed Montessori materials that are hands-on, concrete and self-correcting. Each child progresses at his or her own, individual pace, and is able to be challenged in order to reach his/her unique potential.
Under the guidance of our Montessori-trained teachers, children receive an individualized, child-directed academic program. Montessori teaching materials provide a “hands on” or “three-dimensional” method of learning, allowing the child to learn skills and concepts by “doing.” The Montessori Method brings children of varying ages together so each student may work at his or her own level. This classroom prompts problem solving and reasoning, develops logical thinking and encourages the development of self-confidence
In an established Montessori class for 2.5-4 year-olds, there are no timetables to regiment activities or a fixed syllabus to cramp the expansion of the mind. Here, in an orderly atmosphere of freedom, the children work independently at chosen tasks, working at their own pace and rhythm for as long as they wish in order to fulfill their needs. From the foundation of sensorial experiences, the child builds his mind in the world of abstract ideas.