One question parents often ask is, “When can we expect our children to know their letters and/or gain general academic skills.” Of course, it all depends on each child and where they are emotionally and intellectually, but it also depends on how much you are willing to let them grow and allow them to be prepared for the classroom.
When children have mastered the ability to function within our classroom, they will be ready to begin exploring the world beyond our school. In Montessori schools, these explorations take the form of both field trips and “going out.”
The method in the Children’s Houses prepares the children in the daily life of the classroom by exercises which are, in themselves, quite independent of religious education, but which seem to be a preparation for it. In fact, they aid in perfecting the child, in making him calm, obedient, attentive to his own movements, capable of silence and recollection. – Maria Montessori
As I’m writing this, the new school year is less than two weeks old, but we’re already off to a great start! It’s wonderful to have everyone here – to hear about all the exciting things our returning students did over the summer and see how much they’ve grown – and to start to get to know our new students and their families.
KMS’s Primary (preschool and Kindergarten) classes have been validated by the Montessori Alliance of Tennessee (MAT) – a statewide network of Montessori schools, teachers and families supporting high-quality Montessori education.