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Montessori believed that these children aged three to six were passing from the unconscious to the conscious Absorbent Mind and ready for more refined type of sensorial experiences. When they first enter as a three year old, they are busy with practical life materials; through them they further develop concentration. They continue to learn the manners of their culture through grace and courtesy lessons. The hand and the brain act in unison making a mental connection between an abstract idea and its concrete representation. The teacher presents each material to the child the first time. It is the subsequent use of the material by the children that substantial learning takes place. The final stage in the use of the material is the attachment of language to the abstract idea. The sensorial materials establish a solid basis for the language and mathematical materials to follow. In this prepared environment the children reach unusual development by the time they are five both in literacy and mathematics. However this does not represent what is most important about the primary years which are the children’s self formation. It is the children’s development of personality and social behavior which is the essential aspect of Montessori education. The children’s good manners, their gentleness with each other, their confidence and ease with those both younger and older than themselves, including adults, their care with the environment, their eagerness and energy to learn, make clear the benefits of a Montessori education at this age.
Primary children possess a remarkable ability to absorb the world that surrounds them. Maria Montessori believed that the years from three to six are the most critical period for nurturing curiosity and for laying the foundation for all future development.
The goals of The Nurtury at this age are to foster independence, and to support children in moving toward mastery of self and their environment. It is a totally prepared Montessori Environment designed to encourage children in their self directed discovery of the world through interest based activities in Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, Geography, History, Art, Music and Science. These activities properly matched to the child’s ability level and interest help to develop within the child a love of learning.
Fundamental to Montessori theory is the multi-age classroom. The class must include children age three to six and children can work either individually or in a small group, learning from and sharing with one another. The class will have a maximum of twenty children in the morning and the afternoon three year olds will nap leaving only the older four and five year olds in the afternoon to do more advanced group lessons.
Through practical life activities, children acquire many daily living skills, preparing food, fastening cloths, and caring for their environment. These activities extend the power of concentration and develop coordination of movement.
Through the interaction with the sensorial materials which isolates one quality – such as color or shape – children experience the world through their senses, in a way that establishes the physical and mental foundation for further learning.
The Nurtury is a language rich environment. Through the variety of Montessori materials and activities, children become familiar with the sounds and symbols of letters which naturally leads to reading and writing. We introduce Spanish as a second language to children at a time when they are physically emotionally and cognitively most receptive to learn.
Children begin to explore mathematical relationships by manipulating concrete materials such as number rods- that are designed to isolate a concept and prepare them for abstract reasoning. The goals of the program is for each child to develop a love of numbers, problem solving strategies, computation skills and confidence in using numbers in everyday life.
In Montessori these are integrated into the whole language experience. Children learn about Famous Artists and Art work and Composers and musical composition while also learning skills such as cutting, pasting, painting and drawing as well as singing and keeping a beat and playing musical instruments such as shaker, bell, maracas and drums.
In science as part of the day they learn about weather and climate and planting and caring for plans and animals, food and nutrition as well as learning about sink and float and magnetism and simple mechanics, they will develop skills in scientific observation. In Geography and History they will learn about holiday celebrations and customs that people around the world use to celebrate using foods, songs and dance. They will learn about land forms, map work and flags of all the nations of the world. Montessori believed that children love to learn about the big picture the whole world.
Children learn the balance between the freedom of the individual and the concerns of the group. Other social behaviors that flourish is a sense of responsibility for ones own behavior, respect for others and care of the environment.
The children are free to move around the classroom and from room to room. They are free to choose activities that are vigorously active or quieter and calm all throughout the day. Through this natural physical activity, they expend energy and develop large and small muscle control and coordination. At this age usually after lunch they go out for a long play period. Yoga and calisthenics and musical movement are a part of the weekly physical education.
Parent observations will be held twice a year prior to conferences. At the conference their will be a written report on each child progress to be discussed. Teachers will communicate frequently with parents through notes, phone calls and newsletters. As always, we invite you to visit our preschool classrooms in the Westchester, NY and Ft. Lauderdale, FL areas!