The Montessori Kindergarten Year

MONTESSORI KINDERGARTEN:

  • Builds Confidence
  • Fosters Leadership
  • Nurtures Social Growth
  • Teaches Reading and Writing
  • Builds a Solid Academic Foundation
  • Begins the Transition to Abstract Math
  • Completes the Three-Year Primary Cycle

The Montessori learning experience is cumulative: what a child learns in the kindergarten year builds on what was learned in previous Montessori years. The kindergarten year is the culmination of this learning when the child internalizes these early concrete experiences, building a strong educational foundation. The value of the first two years cannot be fully realized if the child does not continue working with the Montessori materials to complete the three-year cycle.

The Kindergarten year in the Children's House is the final year of a three-year cycle. Your child has spent two years preparing to be the class leader. Kindergarteners thrive on helping the three and four year olds and being a role model. Mentoring helps them both socially and academically. As they share work they have mastered, they reinforce their knowledge and strengthen their social confidence. Additionally, earlier lessons come together during the Kindergarten year and become part of how the child thinks and achieves. In this final year, a child continues work with core classroom materials, using them as a bridge into abstract thinking. Many Montessori parents are amazed when a four year old, who did not appear to be reading, “magically” explodes into reading and writing during the Kindergarten year. It does feel like magic, but it is really the culmination of the preceding years in the Children's House classroom.

Montessori Kindergarten children have spent two years in the same classroom where they were supported, treated with respect, and encouraged to behave responsibly. They know what to expect, have learned how to learn, and to value and care about the other children in their classroom community. Their teacher knows them well and stands ready to guide them through the Kindergarten year.