Four Seasons Montessori our sister school in Nanaimo, shared an article about the third Primary Year and the long term benefits the last primary (or Kindergarten) year can bring to the Primary Montessori student.
I have felt fortunate to have shared this experience with many kindergarten aged children over the years and this third year in the Montessori class can offer a very special experience to the child. As the article that follows discusses there are many benefits for the 5 year old child, one that I feel is especially important is the development of their self-esteem. Having watched these children as hesitant 3 year olds and then settled 4 year olds, as 5 year olds they seem to blossom as they move with surety through their day. They know that they can take on any task that they choose, further more they are confident in offering their skills to help other children. Children who stay in the Montessori program for a third year really do seem to naturally become confident, self-motivated, independent and considerate.
To read the full article, follow this link: A Taste of Leadership – The Montessori Kindergarten Year
“One of the most urgent endeavors to be undertaken on behalf of the reconstruction of society is the reconstruction of education. It must be brought about by giving…children the environment that is adapted to their [nature].”- Maria Montessori
The core framework of the Montessori pedagogy consists of four planes of development: 0-6, 6-12, 12-18, 18-24. From birth to age 6 the infant is forming the child, and from ages 6 to 12 this person consolidates; then from ages 12 to 18 the child is forming the adult, and from ages 18 to 24 this person consolidates. Each plane is divided into two three-year periods, often referred to as 3 year cycles of activity. Continue reading
The first 4 to 6 weeks are usually a period of transition during which the children become familiar with the routine of getting to school on time and accustomed to the pace and expectations of the school day. Their ability to cope will look different at each age. At any point during this time it is common for a child who appears to have settled in comfortably to suddenly express feelings of resistance to going to school. This is a phenomenon teachers often refer to as ‘the end of the honeymoon period’. Continue reading
When parents hear the term Montessori they normally have some idea of what it means or what Montessori Education is about. However, all too often, many parents develop misconceptions about the method when receiving information handed down from sources outside their Montessori school. This may be why many myths regarding the method arise. Continue reading