“Watching a child makes it obvious that the development of his mind comes through his movements.”
Naturally, preschool aged children resist to sit patiently at a desk all day. For this reason, the Montessori environment allows for a great deal of movement and exploration. Furthermore, because much of the work is done individually, children develop autonomy and entrepreneurship. At the same time, there are still many activities done in small groups or as a class project which fosters teamwork and builds interpersonal communication abilities.
The Montessori prepared environment respects and protects each and every child’s individual ways of learning. The classrooms are carefully created to meet children’s needs and offer more opportunities for learning. Children have the freedom to experience the power of making choices and practice self-discipline.
As soon as a child becomes part of the school community, the journey to self-confidence, independence, and competence begins. Academics are presented to our children with a clear understanding of where they are developmentally, using materials that make learning abstract concepts literally within their reach. Along the way, life lessons-respect, cooperation, appreciation of others, problem solving, responsibility, and so many others-are modeled and practiced on a daily basis. We consistently guide our children toward achieving the goals that their parents and their school have for them. By the time they graduate, they have a skill set that prepares them not only for success in elementary/middle school, but for becoming productive members of society and citizens of the world.
The teachers in our infant, toddler, and preschool programs have specific goals for their students, and a clear image of what they want our children to “look like” when they graduate.
A space at Montessori Kids Learning Center represents the opportunity for a child to benefit from excellent academics under the knowledgeable and loving guidance of those who have a firm grasp of the “big picture” needs of children throughout their preschool and elementary years. The journey begins with one step, but all those steps along the way complete it. So it is with a Montessori child who needs to take all those steps to reap the full benefit of the program. Missing a step may open a space for another student, but that student won’t come with the foundation that has been so carefully prepared by Montessori teachers.