Montessori For the Kindergarten Year?
Many parents are trying to decide whether they should keep their sons and daughters in Montessori for kindergarten or send them off to the local schools. Here are a few answers to the questions parents often ask, as taken from an on-line article Why Montessori for the Kindergarten Year? by Tim Seldin with Dr. Elizabeth Coe. The entire article is available or in the office.
What would be the advantage of keeping my child in Montessori for the Kindergarten year? Several decades of research show that the Montessori approach optimizes the child’s cognitive and emotional development. The Montessori approach has been acclaimed as the most developmentally appropriate model currently available by some of America’s top experts on early childhood and elementary education.
Since some children will eventually have to go to the public schools, wouldn’t it be better to make the transition in kindergarten rather than first grade? One father wrote, “We considered the school years ahead. We realize a child usually does his best if he has good learning habits, a sound basis in numbers and math, and the ability to read. We realized that he has an excellent two-year start in Montessori school. If he were to transfer now to public kindergarten, he would probably go no farther than he is now, whereas if he stays in Montessori, he will reap the benefits of his past work under the enthusiastic guidance of teachers who will share his joy in learning”.
If I keep my child in Montessori for kindergarten, won’t he/she be bored in a traditional first grade program? Many families are aware that by the end of the kindergarten year, Montessori students will often have developed academic skills that may be beyond those of children enrolled in most traditional kindergarten programs. However, parents should remember that academic progress is not our only goal. Our real hope is that the children will have an incredible sense of self-confidence and an enthusiasm for learning that should aid them throughout their educational journey. We promote much more than competency in the basic skills; we want them to develop a life long love of learning and empower them with confidence in themselves as students.
*** If you choose to allow your child the opportunity to continue this acclaimed educational system, our school also offers a Montessori program for students through the 12th grade.
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