The curriculum spans three years, with each year building upon each other, culminating in the kindergarten year. Children, aged three to six are grouped together and materials, which are presented in the first year, increase in complexity as the child grows older.
The child’s first year is one of developing concentration, making sense of order, and a basic understanding of how to use the rich Montessori materials. The second year is filled with confidence as the child moves through materials, now familiar from the year before. The third and final year, finds a child mastering materials he saw older children embrace and provides the most wonderful gift of all: the opportunity to be the “teacher” mentoring the younger children. That third year in the cycle is the most fruitful, bringing together all the child has learned during the previous two years and allowing him to be the leader.
The primary 3-6 classroom curriculum is grouped into five general areas: Practical life, sensorial, language, math and cultural. With the gentle guiding of the teacher, the children make independent choices in areas that are of greatest interest to them.The Montessori educator is the dynamic link to the environment, providing a peaceful, ordered, caring context to support learning and advancement of the skills inherently being sharpened at this important period of development. All roads point toward independence and active connection to the world.
- Develop daily skills
- Further develop five senses
- Improve children’s visual, kinesthetic and phonetic skills
- Teach quantity and values through mathematical techniques
- Ability to study natural and social world through nature
- Learn different cultures and backgrounds
- Working in groups and social interactions