Preschool & Primary Program
Beginning at age 3 and completely potty trained, the children are invited to work independently in the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics and Cultural Subjects. All the material the child works with is designed to lead to abstract thinking. This is where Aspiring Minds Montessori Primary and Preschool program comes in.
The process of phonetic reading begins to take place. It is at this age when children, once they master to speak, start to enjoy reading in an effortless manner. Montessori schools are characterized by this distinctive and unique philosophy of ‘children learning to read and write at an early age’.
The Montessori teacher facilitates the classroom activity and helps each child progress from one activity to another. The teacher typically gives a lesson to an individual or to a small group and then steps back allowing the child to pursue the work independently. This gives the child the satisfaction of their own discovery and a feeling of accomplishment and pride.
Dr. Maria Montessori outlines various periods of sensitivity, in which a child is more capable, receptive, and motivated to learn reading, writing, math, and order effortlessly. She recognized the spontaneous interest that arises within each child at this age. The Montessori class room takes advantage of this fact by allowing the child freedom to select activities which correspond to their own period of interest. Due to this interest, the child has developed the concentration and attention span they need to absorb the concepts of the materials as well. Teachers are very much aware of these sensitive periods and encourage the children to develop them to their maximum potential.
The blending of ages 3 to 6 years in this program is based on Maria Montessori’s philosophy. This is the beginning of social age and when wonderful experiences take place. They enjoy learning new concepts and love by imitating others, especially their peers.
In each of our classrooms there is a certified Montessori teacher. The teachers observe and record each child’s individual progress. Children take their work home every Friday, in order to communicate to you the progression that is taking place weekly.
Program Goals: The guide the child toward abstract thinking, formally begin phonetic reading, building of self-esteem through successful academic endeavors, opportunities for leadership for older children/maturity in younger children due to the influence of older peers, and the development of concentration.