So you’re looking for a preschool for your child. As most parents do, you want to provide your child with the best education from the very beginning as you want to foster a love for learning. Well, that being said, consider a Montessori program; not just any program that claims they are Montessori, but a traditional Montessori program, one which utilizes the Montessori materials AND practices the philosophy in the every day learning environment. If you are new to Montessori, read on to find out what this educational philosophy can offer your little one.
In Montessori, children learn by exploring and manipulating materials that are specifically designed to teach your child one concept at a time, and continue to develop this concept over again as time progresses. Children use the materials at their own learning pace and continue to work with the materials until the skill is mastered. The vertical grouping (multi ages) provides real life interaction with older children acting as teachers,leaders and role models and younger children following suit. In addition, children learn at their own pace and move on to the next level of learning when they are ready. Individual one-on-one lessons and auto-education are the essence of the Montessori Classroom, creating youngsters who are autonomous, creative and confident from their own sense of a job well done.
The Montessori classroom has several areas which provide for a well rounded, highly academic educational experience: Math, Language, Sensorial, Practical life, Science, Culture and The Monthly Curriculum.
Each area is designed to meet the child’s needs and use specially designed materials parallel to none.
The flow of the Montessori classroom allows the child to move freely about, providing freedom with in limits and often works well for children who do not thrive in a traditional classroom setting simply because children can work at their own pace, picking and choosing what their developmental milestone is craving.
Montessori classrooms are beautiful, inviting and orderly. Materials placed on shelves move from left to right in increasing complexity. Just looking at a traditional Montessori classroom will make your child want to “go to work” due to the attractive and inviting look of the classroom. Dr. Maria Montessori observed that children go through sensitive periods of development. It is the teachers duty to provide age appropriate lessons and materials to the child so that they may develop this milestone at the right time, when learning is naturally absorbed and internalized.
Our program provides in-house monthly trips and vicarious experiences that fosters care of self and care of the environment, which is also part of the Montessori Education.
Visiting our program while class is in attendance is highly recommended. By experiencing the Montessori Classroom you will come to understand why children love and thrive from this method of education!
Questions are welcome!