What is a Montessori preschool program? Maybe you’ve heard about Montessori education, and you’re wondering if it might be right for your family, but maybe you aren’t sure what a Montessori preschool program entails. That’s ok. That’s what we’re here for.
Montessori Preschool Program
A Montessori Preschool Program is attended by children ages 3 through 6. It’s a three-year program where the children are within a classroom environment with the same Guides (teachers) and children of mixed ages. Montessori schools refer to our preschool class as a Primary classroom.
Preparing for Elementary School in Preschool
Children in Primary or Montessori preschool learn skills that will help them when they start elementary school and the social and emotional skills they’ll need in life. Our children learn to care for themselves, their friends, and their classroom environment. We go beyond the ABCs and 123s though we teach them too.
Montessori Preschool Curriculum
Children in a Montessori Preschool program learn about practical life, science, language, math, geography, and more, all in age-appropriate ways. Their classroom environment is designed specifically for them with materials at their level to easily navigate the room and choose the materials they want to learn.
How Montessori Preschool Programs work
We allow the child to lead their education by exploring the environment and choosing materials that are interesting to them. The Guide then works 1:1 with the child and teaches them how to use the materials. Don’t worry; kids still learn everything they need because the Guides keep track of what they’ve done and what they haven’t done yet, and they make sure they have all of the necessary skills over time.
Advantages of Montessori Preschool
One of the biggest advantages of a Montessori preschool program is that we have a mixed-age classroom. Our children start Primary at age 3 and stay with us unit it’s time for kindergarten. They’re in the same room, with the same teacher for up to three years.
When the children first enter Primary, they’re young; they’re brand new, and they have so much to explore and learn in their new environment.
During their second year in Primary, they learn, grow, and develop more skills. It’s in their final year of Primary, which prepares them for Kindergarten; they become the classroom leaders and master the skills and lessons in the classroom.
The older children have the chance to help teach the new, younger students the same lessons they learned early on, which helps reinforce what they’ve learned during their time in preschool. Finally, the older students also get to take their works to the next level with extensions and learn even more.
By the time a child leaves the Primary program, they have a strong foundation of phonics, letters, science, geography, math, practical life, along with soft skills that will serve them well in life, including grace and courtesy, and most importantly, a love of learning and curiosity.
If you’re interested in learning more about Montessori preschool programs, please contact us today. We’d love to have you come to tour Klein-Spring Montessori yourself and see if it’s the right fit for your family. Contact us today to learn more.