”The adult ought never to mold the child after himself, but should leave him alone and work always from the deepest comprehension of the child himself”
– Dr. Maria Montessori
The Preprimary program is for children ages 18 months to 3 years as the children begin to develop their learning patterns. The Preprimary program allows children the opportunity to explore and develop their language skills by expanding their growing vocabulary and improving social interaction. This is also the starting point where many children begin to develop their learning habits. During this time, it is crucial to establish effective learning skills and instill in children the joy of learning independently. This program is a specially balanced environment for children that are not quite ready for the Primary Environment and are too mature to stay in the Toddler class. It is also for children that are not yet totally toilet trained.
Below is an example of a typical day in our Pre-Primary program!
This is the age of independence. The teacher’s main objective with this age is to encourage gross and fine motor skills and independence. Children in this classroom are very capable of doing things themselves and we encourage them to do so
We provide a constant routine which is very important for children of this age including the teachers.
The teacher directs the children to have self-control by giving instructions which they follow. This is done with songs, marked off areas with colorful tape, and significant amount of practice. This is established before the children are allowed to remove items from the shelf. The teachers are diligent in the proper way to remove and return items from shelves as well as how to work with the materials. It is very important at this age for the children to learn not to touch works without instruction given first.
Children are also taught how to walk properly in the classroom as well as outside of the classroom. Walking exercises are done daily. The children are also taught the proper noise level in the classroom as well as throughout the building
Our teachers understand that the children’s developmental level at this age is very “me” oriented. The concept of sharing and appropriate spacing is difficult for them but this is encouraged at all times. The Montessori works are set up exactly in the manner the Primary room has but in a smaller scale. We make sure that appropriate amount of materials are presented. If the teacher has too much or too little, then discipline issues will arise.
All materials are left to right starting with Practical Life, Sensorial, Math & Language.
There are plenty and appropriate materials on the shelves in the classroom. Some items are changed out throughout the year so the children are excited about new tasks. The children at all times are encouraged to verbalize their needs. A two-year-old uses 75% more brain power than an adult. The children at this age absorb their surroundings at enormous rate, but may not have the developmental skills to verbalize what they observe. This can be very frustrating to a child and our teachers understand that and nurture during this development.
Each day children have an art lesson in class. Also present is dramatic play such as dress up and a doll house with a mirror so they see themselves as well as a quiet place to look at books. The teacher has lessons regarding verbalizing feelings and discusses items such as weather to show the children there is an environment outside of their own.
They are taught how to properly clean up after finishing specific works or meal time. The teacher guides them throughout this task, but is mindful not to clean up for them.