It can be difficult to imagine what your child will experience at a new preschool and kindergarten. You may ask questions like, What is their day going to be like? What will they learn? How will they learn? What is a Montessori Preschool? These are very important questions and on the mind of most parents exploring new preschools. So let’s talk a little bit more about the Montessori Compass – Preschool & Kindergarten.
So here, we will share with you a sneak peek into Montessori Preschool education and what you can expect your child to experience. We advise you to also to contact a Montessori school in your area if you think about a Montessori school for your child for a private viewing while class is in motion. Most schools offer you the possibility to sit with the children during a normal school day and experience in person how wonderful this learning process truly is.
A typical preschool day at Hope Montessori School begins on the playground. Preschoolers greet teachers and classmates and engage in free play until the bell rings, signaling time for a group lesson at our circle in the classroom. While joined at the circle preschoolers and kindergarteners are introduced to many new concepts that are currently being studied and lessons that lend themselves to a group presentation. This is also a time for discussing the day to day concepts like date, weather, and show and tell.
Once circle time is over the children, begin team and individualized work in the classroom. This is a time for teachers to introduce individualized lessons in math, language, geography and other materials according to the readiness of the individual child. The children spend most of this time working on material that has been presented previously to them. The work days are primarily in the classroom learning and mastering new lessons while at times incorporating unique learning experiences such as gardening and nature exploration. Take also a look at this post about famous Montessori graduates.
At the end of the day, everybody will gather at the circle once again. Here, the end of the day story is read and the group will sing new songs, happy and fulfilled with a day of learning. Please continue reading for an in-depth look at the Montessori teaching method and philosophy.
The Montessori Method is the philosophy of education named after its founder, Dr. Maria Montessori. The Montessori goal is to create an environment that challenges the children to exercise their potential. This prepared environment nurtures the children’s natural curiosity and self-confidence so they can begin with full energy the work of educating themselves.
The Montessori Method is also based upon the belief that education is more than just a search for intellectual skills. It is a preparation for life. It focuses on developing children to their fullest potential – the best preparation through awesome education to cope with a changing and complex world.
Many Montessori Preschools are a preschool and kindergarten with unique settings in that they are often attached to a home located in a rural/residential area. The schools are separate from the homes and have their own entrances, bathrooms, and playgrounds. All Montessori schools are state-licensed. Montessori schools have a home-like feel which is often helpful with easing children into their first school experience. There are also more and more parents that, when deciding to homeschool their children, choose for the Montessori Homeschool Method.
Montessori Schools are dedicated to the Montessori approach to education in all aspects of their programs. The practical life exercises are the beginning point in a Montessori environment. They help the child to develop concentration, coordination, independence, good manners, and care of self. The activities include the use of everyday items and teach life skills such as dressing, pouring, spooning, measuring, and sewing. Care of the environment is learned through sweeping, dusting, washing, and plant care. Children are taught manners through games and by examples set by the adults in the classroom.
Dr. Montessori understood the importance of the relationship between God and the child. Her observations inspired the “Atrium” work developed by Sofia Cavaletti. The Atrium has been adopted by Montessori schools in many countries and truly completes the school environment for the child. It is the goal at Montessori schools to help children in all aspects of their development. Teachers at a Montessori school feel that spiritual development is as important as academic and physical pursuits.