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EARLY EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Two-Year-Old and Preschool & Kindergarten Programs
It is important for parents to understand that the Montessori programs provide a unique cycle of learning. Both the Two-Year-Old and Preschool & Kindergarten classrooms are carefully equipped with a broad array of materials which help the child to discover knowledge and develop his independence.
The Two-Year-Old Program offers activities which help the young child develop independence and social skills.
In the Preschool & Kindergarten Program, the activities support the child’s developing interests while encouraging their independence and refining their sense of order, coordination, and concentration.
The five key areas of the Preschool & Kindergarten classroom are:
Children are allowed to choose activities based on their interest and ability. A child who acquires the basic skills of reading and arithmetic in this natural way has the advantage of beginning his education without drudgery, boredom, or discouragement. By pursuing his individual interest in a Montessori classroom, he gains an early enthusiasm for learning, which is the key to becoming an educated person. While independence is the main focus, children are also part of the community and through their daily interactions with others they learn what is required to be part of a group.
The success of the child in school is dependent upon a number of factors, including the child himself. The relationship between the parent, school, and child is of prime importance. Parents are the child’s primary role models and our faculty and staff provide support to the family. Confusion for the child is minimized when the school and family work together.
Dr. Montessori believed that competition in education should be introduced only after the child has gained confidence in the use of basic skills. "Never let a child risk failure," she wrote, "until he has a reasonable chance of success." Since each child works individually with the materials, he relies only on his own previous work and his progress is not compared to the achievements of other youngsters. “It is true we cannot make a genius,” Dr. Montessori wrote, “we can only give each individual the chance to fulfill his potential possibilities to become an independent, secure, and balanced human being.”
The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when one’s intelligence itself...is being formed."
- Dr. Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind
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