The Pre-Primary program is designed around the basic Montessori concept of “freedom within limits.” The environment is prepared with age-appropriate materials and exercises that encourage each child’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm. The equipment in the prepared classroom environment and outdoor area, as well as the consistency of our routines, has all been carefully designed to foster the development of our youngest students.
Education to Fit the Child’s Needs
Montessori’s approach is based on the simple concept of tailoring education to match children’s natural tendencies instead of imposing arbitrary rules from the adult world. Montessori observed that children are extraordinarily curious and experiential, and she sought to respect these attributes instead of condemning them. Montessori realized that children learn best through discovery, personal intentionality, and experimentation. These observations led her to develop materials that concretely illustrated abstract principles of mathematics, language, and science. Her interactive materials were the first ever developed for children and contained a built-in control of error to allow the child to self-correct rather than remain dependent on th” adult.
The Pre-Primary day includes independent and small group activities that develop gross and fine motor skills, cognitive, social and language skills. Art, music and free play round out their busy day. Since children in this age group love to be “on the go” ample opportunity is provided to explore the outdoor environment, engage in potdoor activities or just run in the sun for a part of every day.
Skills for Life
An important part of each child’s social development revolves around practical life skills. They are encouraged to help clean up after art or activity periods. We also work with our students on cleanliness and hygiene, developing the routine of washing hands before and after meals and other appropriate times. We believe toilet training is a normal acquisition that is both developmental and learned and will work with parents to make sure the opportunity is available to the child when the time is right.
The time in a child’s life from 18 to 30 months is delightful, with new discoveries occurring almost every day; but we acknowledge that it can be a frustrating time too. To this end, we encourage frequent parent-teacher communication and to share pertinent information just as quickly as changes occur. In addition to this routine and regular contact, we schedule two parent- teacher conferences each school year.
To schedule a free tour of our facilities and register for American Montessori Campus’ Pre-Primary Program, contact us today.