Montessori is almost a foreign language. There are so many people who try to understand it, but walk away, completely confused. Kind of like when I went to France, thinking I knew the language, yet every time I asked for tap water, in french, the waitress brought me a bottle of water. Confusing. Truth is, I knew the language, but understanding it was another story. My sister and I met a Parisian. He walked us around the city and spoke french to us. As we slowly strolled through the famed fashion district, I studied him and his interactions with the Parisians. I started to understand that knowing how to speak french and speaking french were not the same thing. The same holds true for Montessori. Knowing about Montessori is not the same as experiencing Montessori. I invite everyone to experience it, If only for one day. Before you make a visit, here are some simple, yet comprehensive, explanations to the World of Montessori for Preschool Age Children
Primary (3 - 6 years)Children in the primary program (combined preschool) possess what Dr. Montessori called the absorbent mind, the ability to absorb all aspects of one's culture and environment without effort or fatigue. The primary classroom is made up of children varying from ages 3 to 6 years old. The mixed age group exposes the children to a variety of lessons in many ways at different times. It balances and completes the youngest through the oldest as they set the example and help all those around them. These young children are exposed to various lessons found in four main areas of the classroom - Practical Life, Sensorial, Language and Math.
As an aid to this period of the child's self-construction, individual work is encouraged. The following areas of activity cultivate the children's adaptation and ability to express and think with clarity: