YOUR CHILD'S GRADUATE YEAR
Five and six year old children take part in our Montessori Kindergarten Program. After Montessori Morning, lunch, and recess, Kindergarteners from both classrooms join together to work with Daralyn in the Montessori Classroom from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., Monday-Thursday. To fully benefit from a Montessori program, children enter at just under three years of age and continue to age six. As a matter of fact, we count on your child staying through kindergarten! This last year is a very special and important one for the older child.
What's in store?
Parents should understand that a Montessori classroom is neither a babysitting service nor a play school that prepares a child for traditional kindergarten. Rather, it is a unique cycle of learning designed to take advantage of the child's sensitive years between three and six, when she/he can absorb information from an enriched environment. A child who acquires the basic skills of reading and arithmetic in this natural way has the advantage of beginning her/his education without drudgery, boredom or discouragement. By pursuing her/his individual interests in a Montessori classroom, the child gains an early enthusiasm for learning, which is the key to him/her becoming a truly educated person.
Aline D. Wolf | A Parent's Guide to the Montessori Classroom