Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.” ~Maria Montessori
As young children begin exploring beyond the bounds of their own immediate surroundings, the Montessori Method — and the Seedling’s Montessori School — are prepared to help nurture their emerging curiosity, their sense of discovery, and their creativity. Our Primary classrooms, created for children ages 3 through 6, have been designed to foster the development of their linguistic, cognitive, and motor skills. They also help children explore the important roles they have to play within their family, their community, and their culture.
We find the best way to describe our academic program for the multi-age groups is with an overview of the various elements that make up the Montessori experience. The environment is designed to facilitate maximum independent learning and exploration by the child. The core of the program includes learning aimed at Practical life, Sensorial Exercises, Language, Mathematics, History, Geography and Science. It is a calm and structured space designed to meet the needs of every child and match their scale of learning. With constant interaction with peers, the children learn to take responsibility for themselves and each other. The multi-age setting helps children to learn from each other and because of each other. They also learn to get along as a community by respecting peers of different ages and abilities.
Nurturing Emerging Growth
Reading, writing, math, and other cognitive skills are encouraged and developed in this program, as we introduce a number of activities designed to foster both logical reasoning and abstract thinking. However, while we begin to incorporate academic components into each child’s day — with sequential work in the arts, language, math, geography, and the sciences — we do so in such a way that makes learning a joyful experience. Children work both on their own and as parts of small groups, giving them the freedom to explore while teaching them the importance of cooperation.
The Kindergarten year in the Montessori Early Childhood classroom is the most important! The third year, the kindergarten year, is the time when many of the earlier lessons come together and become permanent part of the young child’s understanding. Children look forward to being the five year old leaders in their class. The kindergartners are looked up to as role models for the younger students, and most children eagerly await their opportunity to play this role.