The Montessori Elementary Program provides for the strong reasoning, imagining and very social individual who comes into being between 5 -7 years of age and remains so until puberty. Whereas the younger child is a sensorial explorer whose mind absorbs, the elementary child is an intellectual explorer whose mind reasons, imagines, judges, projects. This is the age when, developmentally, the mind strives for what Montessori called the “Cosmic View”: seeing the whole scope of life and each element’s place and task within that scope, including the place and task of the self. The children devour classification schemes (botany, zoology, historical time lines, geometric formulas, etc.) as they become more research oriented, creative, group minded, morally responsible and adept at solving their own problems.Because students work at their own pace and enjoy group projects, competition is not fostered in the classroom. Children relate to their own work, and progress is not compared to the achievements of others. Dr. Montessori believed that competition in education should be introduced only after children have gained confidence in their use of the basic skills. “Never let a child risk failure,” she wrote, “until he has a reasonable chance of success.”Contact Us to enroll now.
By pursuing individual interests in a Montessori Pre-K classroom, children gain an early enthusiasm for learning and a strong individual foundation on which to build their lives – a foundation from which they can soar in the next plane of development: the elementary years.