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?
In August, the KMS Board voted to dedicate the 2017-2018 Annual Campaign to the Jan and Carl Goddard Scholarship Fund. This means that during this school year, donations from our Fun Food dinners, Annual Pledges, the Year End Appeal and other fundraisers will be designated to this fund.
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
One of the things we discussed at Parent Orientation was the importance of parents being engaged in and supportive of their children’s education. Teachers do a wonderful job, but they cannot educate children alone. They need the active help and support of parents so that children can do their best work in class and get the most out of their education.
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.
At this point in the school year, re-enrollment month, many families take stock of how their children are progressing and decide whether to continue with a Montessori education here at KMS. Many times we find that the focus becomes, “Is my child learning ______?” (Fill in the blank with any specific skill.) What often gets forgotten or taken for granted is what your children are really learning.