| Overview | Curriculum | Phase-In | Little Children's House | Kindergarten |
One of the important aspects of any Montessori classroom is the
three-year cycle. Including children of a range of ages in the
classroom gives each child the opportunity to be the learner and the
teacher, seeing where they started and who they’ve become. The 3 year
old looks up to the 5 year old in awe. The 5 year old becomes a leader
in the classroom and has the opportunity to show other children what
s/he has learned. The third year is a pivotal time in a Montessori
classroom. It is a year where all that a child has learned and done
comes together and solidifies, the year when the child truly becomes a
leader. They also take the materials to a much deeper level, taking
time to work on long projects, exploring more advanced materials and
beginning to understand their world as it is broadening outside the
family and the classroom.
In Children’s House, the three-year cycle culminates with the
Kindergarten year. It is exciting to see the kindergarten children
reading a book with their teacher, laying out a long chain in the
hallway, coloring in a map of Africa, writing a story. These children
feel comfortable and confident within their environment and really
believe that the school is theirs.
All the kindergartners come together daily for Kindergarten Meeting.
During this time, they engage in a variety of kindergarten-specific
activities: listening to and analyzing chapter books as a group,
stretching their bodies in yoga, and exploring Spanish, music and art.
The culmination of their year is the Kindergarten puppet show where the
different parts of their curriculum come together as they stage a
performance for schoolmates, families and friends.
Children leaving Children’s House and moving on to Lower Elementary
are children who are beginning to understand how they themselves