often have concerns about putting their young child in a program that seems
very demanding. On the contrary!
The Montessori classroom is based upon principles that aid a child in
their natural development. The
work and achievements made bring great joy and satisfaction to the child.
For the young child, this work is what helps them to build who they
are as a person. The greatest
achievements in life are those of the three to six year old child.
The big smiles and strong pronunciations of joy when a child obtains
a new skill, confirms how much they desire the opportunities presented to
them in a Montessori classroom.
Five Days a Week
child settles in faster to the program when attending continuous days.
If the child only attends school two days per week, they take much
longer to settle into the rules and flow of the program.
Consistency is key for the young child.
While our afternoon class is only four days per week, they are continuous
optimal learning environment is when the children are given three hours of
uninterrupted Montessori work.
When the children enter at the beginning of class, they usually greet each
other and tend to choose easy, comfortable work.
After this, they experience a time of restlessness, and will then
choose their greatest work. This
will be something that challenges them and they feel a great sense of
accomplishment. At the end of
this work the child goes through a period of contemplation where the
learning is solidified in their mind. It
is only when the child is given three hours of uninterrupted work that they
will do their greatest learning. For
this reason, we have three hour classes and do not disturb the children’s
learning with long, large group times. Small
group lessons are given throughout the class to encourage conversation and
expansion of knowledge in the extension areas.