This unique period is designed to take advantage of the sensitive period when children can absorb information from an enriched environment. At this level the children begin to gain the skills of concentration, coordination, and develop working habits. They begin to learn how to manage their time and gain a sense of personal responsibility for what they do and accomplish. Through the use of concrete materials, abstract concepts begin to make sense.
The advantage here is that the child will learn without the stumbling blocks of boredom and discouragement. Their hands-on exploration and discovery develop an enthusiasm for learning, which is key for future academic success.
Along with developing their own self-awareness and independence, the children also gain a sense of social awareness. The multi-age group setting allows the younger ones a graded series of models for imitation, and for the older ones, an opportunity to reinforce their own knowledge.
Introduction to the Montessori Kindergarten Experience
Kindergarten is an important year for your child. If you are trying to decide whether your child should continue in the Montessori program or enroll in a “traditional” school, we would like you to consider the following points before finalizing your decision.
- If this will be your child’s first experience in a Montessori classroom you will find that he/she will quickly make friends and become oriented to the classroom.
- A Montessori program is essentially a 3-year program. Kindergarten is the year where all the pieces fall into place. The concepts and skills your child has learned by working in the Montessori environment will take on complete meaning.
- Concrete materials are used for teaching the lessons so that a child can easily understand and absorb the meaning of the concepts being presented. A child is able to observe, explore and draw conclusions from these concrete materials. The classroom curriculum assures the grasp of new concepts and mastery of a skill before moving on to more abstract work.
- In the Montessori program, a healthy self-concept is fostered by mastery of each skill before progressing to the next level. A child develops self-confidence because he learns to think and do things for himself. The kindergartener has a sense of purpose and feels good about his contributions and accomplishments.