Potty trained & 3 years to 6 years
The Preschool classroom for children between the ages of three to six, is a carefully prepared environment that encourages children to learn individually, at their own pace. Your child has extraordinary powers of mind. He or she possesses once-in-a-lifetime ability to simply absorb information from his or her environment, like a sponge. Dr. Montessori called this phenomenon “the absorbent mind”. We have prepared a dynamic learning environment with a wealth of concrete, manipulative learning materials that encourage the child to discover and learn throughout this limited period of her life. Montessori teachers are trained to observe each individual child and to put her in touch with things she is most interested in learning; the results are joy, immense satisfaction and excitement about learning.
One of the most striking aspects of the Preschool classroom is its peacefulness. There is a deep sense of respect from the children towards others and from the teachers toward the children. Through “grace and courtesy” exercises, we teach children how to problem solve conflicts, how to act politely in varying situations and how to be kind and helpful to their friends. The result is a cohesive community of young children.
The multi age classroom allows younger children to have role models and older children opportunities for leadership. Chronologically age grouping children, like traditional education does, fosters leadership based on outgoing personalities. In the Montessori preschool classroom, even the shyest five year old is thrust into a leadership role, because the younger children look up to him and ask for his help and assistance.
The youngest child fills her days with activities centered on “Practical Life”. Here, she learns to sweep, bake, scrub, polish and care for all things in the environment. She experiments with sensorial materials that educate her visual, auditory and tactile senses. She plays vocabulary sound games and sings and dances when children gather for group activities.
As the child progresses in his experiences, he is introduced to sounds and symbols which lay the ground work for reading and writing in the future. He is introduced to numbers and the decimal system – with the most amazing concrete materials to show him the way. He learns about land and water forms, geometric figures, the political countries of the world; he learns about the parts of plants and animals and about music and art – at his own pace, in his own time.
It is during his third year (the traditional new entrants or year one) that everything comes to fruition for the child. Reading, writing, and mathematical understanding, blossoms from the many seeds that were planted in the previous two years. The child leaves the program with a strong set of academic skills; but, far more importantly, with the attitude that learning is fun, exciting and boundless.
Where to go after Primary? Alpha Montessori School offers two options for continuing your child in the Montessori style of learning after he/she graduates from the traditional Primary program. Many of our students continue at Alpha Montessori School for a private kindergarten experience. Our kindergarten students continue in our Primary classrooms and take on a leadership role. The work becomes more abstract as the child becomes more adept. We stay up to date with TEKS for the lower elementary grades and properly prepare students individually for what the next school year will bring.
The other option is for your child to join our Lower Elementary program. Unlike public schools, we do not have an age or date cut-off. Instead, we evaluate the readiness of each child individually and work with you, the parent, to help choose the best path for your child.
My son has been attending Alpha Montessori for approximately 5 months. His teacher has been great getting him acclimated early on from having a sitter to having to go to school with other children. ... Read more+