Children ages 3 to 5 are part of this program. The beginning process of phonetic reading formally begins at this phase. It is at this age when children, once they master to speak, start enjoying to read in an effortless manner. Montessori schools are characterized by this distinctive and unique philosophy of “children learning to read and write at an early age”.
Beginning at age 3 and completely toilet trained; the children are invited to work independently in the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics and Cultural Subjects. All the material the child works with is designed to lead the child towards abstract thinking.
The Montessori teacher facilitates the lessons and classroom activities in order to help each child progress from one activity to another. The teacher is trained to work with each child individually, allowing the child to choose and to work on something while observing the child’s progress and/or difficulties. This gives each child the satisfaction of their own efforts and a feeling of accomplishment and pride when completing a task.
Dr. Montessori outlines various periods of Sensitivity, in which a child is more able and motivated to learn reading, writing, math, and order effortlessly. Teachers are very much aware of these Sensitive Periods and encourage the children to develop these skills during these periods.
The age range of 3 to 5 years in this program is based on Maria Montessori’s philosophy. She recognized the spontaneous interest that arises within each child at this age. It is through the child’s interest and active engagement, the acknowledgment of his/her efforts that the love of learning takes place.
This is also the beginning of the social phase in the child’s development. Wonderful experiences take place in this phase of development. Children have achieved the concentration and the attention span as well as the self-confidence needed while learning. They learn by imitating others, specially their peers, and love to continue learning new concepts in different areas.
Children take home their work every Friday in order to communicate to you the progression that is taking place weekly. They also take their napping blanket, pillow etc., to be washed at home. The folder, blanket, pillows etc. are to be returned to their class the following Monday.
Riverchase Montessori School is committed to helping your child to grow and develop in our school, learning the why and the how of the many academic questions they will face while growing up.