One of the most striking aspects of the Children’s House is the peacefulness. There is a deep sense of respect between the teachers and the children. Through “grace and courtesy” exercises, we teach children how to problem solve conflicts, how to act politely in various situations and how to be kind and helpful to their friends. The result is a cohesive community of young children.
A multi-age Montessori classroom encourages older children of the environment to foster leadership skills. The younger children benefit by having role models in the classroom. In the Children’s House, even the most shy 5 year old is encouraged into a leadership role, because the younger children look up to him and ask for his help and assistance.
As the child progresses, they are introduced to sounds and symbols which lay the groundwork for reading and writing in the future. They are introduced to numbers and the decimal system with the most amazing concrete materials to show them the way. They learn about land and water forms, geometric figures, and the political countries of the world. They also learn about the parts of plants and animals and about music and art at their own pace.
It is during the third year (the traditional kindergarten year) that everything comes to fruition for the child. Reading, writing and mathematical understanding blossom from the many seeds that were planted in the previous two years. When the child completes the Children’s House program, they feel confident that learning is exciting and boundless. They are now ready to continue to the next level of Montessori education.