” But my child is so small!” Yes, they are still wee tykes, but a high-quality preschool is designed to set up young scholars up for future academic, emotional, and social success.
Preschool is an opportunity for growth
For many children, preschool is their first experience in a structured setting with teachers and other peers. It is an opportunity to learn to share, follow instructions, and begin the foundation for learning. Montessori will build the foundation that a young child will thrive with.
Preschool prepares children for kindergarten
As kindergarten becomes more academic, many parents look to preschool to launch their child on the path to success in school. At the same time, parents may worry that the current trend to focus on pre-math and pre-literacy skills in preschool cuts into important play time and pushes a child to grow up too fast. A high-quality early childhood education program will offer children both–especially with the Montessori method of teaching young children.
Preschool promotes social and emotional development
High-quality preschool programs nurture warm relationships among children, teachers, and parents. And teachers build a close personal connection with each child in their care. Children thrive when there is consistency in care between home and school. Young children learn social skills and emotional self-control in “real time.” Three and 4 year olds learn through their experiences and the prepared environment they are in. Montessori offers opportunities for social and emotional development.
Children get to make choices
Children learn through exploration and discovery, with concrete, hands-on materials. Children are respected individually for their different learning styles and paces. They are given opportunities for both independent and cooperative work. The classroom space is designed and organized to encourage social interaction and freedom within the structure.
Preschool promotes hands-on learning
Children learn through more than simply listening. It is important for a student to hold, manipulate, and understand how an object interacts in the world. Montessori teaching engages all the five senses, and also movement and coordination. This encourages the child to interact with the world around them, rather than passively react to change.
Preschool nurtures a sense of community
A Montessori school is set up more like a household than a classroom. As such, students are able to be more engaged in the process of learning, because their social unit is close-knit and students can learn together in groups.
The right Preschool develops a love of learning
Children are little sponges, soaking up all the information they can learn. When left to their own devices, they naturally love to learn! The security of having control, a learning environment tailored to their needs and interests, and the ability to work at their own pace preserves this natural love of learning and the Montessori Method creates this in a child.