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.
After the age of six, children enter what Dr. Maria Montessori called “the second plane of development.” This stage is marked by many changes in the children, both physically and psychologically. What are the specific changes that these children undergo, and how does the Montessori Method change to accommodate these “new” children?
How often do we find ourselves running late and rushing for the door, and then having to stop because our three-year-old is still trying to put on his shoes? It’s taking him forever and he doesn’t seem to realize how late WE are. At times like these, we need to remember that children are still practicing and learning, and the simple task of ATTEMPTING to put his shoes on himself (whether it’s correctly done or not) is helping him improve as an individual.
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.
Maria Montessori recognized how important time for repetition to achieve mastery was for all of our students, regardless of age. By demonstrating the lessons, then freeing the children to practice, the Montessori teacher creates an environment where mastery becomes possible.