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Preschool / Kindergarten

Preschool / Kindergarten

Learning by Exploring

In Walden’s Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten Program, teachers foster children’s natural curiosity and energy into learning.

Children intently work with beautifully designed hands-on materials. Earlier lessons such as pouring water without spilling, buttoning a shirt, or recognizing shapes, colors, and letters build naturally into more complex lessons including arranging letters into words, understanding the power of ten, or drawing a map of the world.

As children advance, so do their activities, preparing for abstract thinking and building a foundation for a lifetime of understanding. During their Kindergarten year, they internalize and reinforce their earlier experiences, they master more advanced math, reading, and writing skills.

As a result of being in the same classroom for three or four years, children have the unique opportunity to experience learning as both the littlest learners and as leaders and teacher helpers in their classroom. The confidence children feel as a result of this experience readies them for their next educational experiences.

Children in preschool have the opportunity each week to visit the library, enjoy music class, learn Spanish, and engage in a fun physical education program.  In kindergarten, the opportunity expands as the kindergarten students have an extra music class, formal art instruction, and kindergarten enrichment run by a classroom teacher each week.
 

In the Montessori classroom all activities are referred to as “work.”  The word work is meant to have the same positive meaning as the word play.  The idea is to help the child understand that these activities are an enjoyable experience in which learners take pride.

 

“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”

- Maria Montessori