A program for Preschool
3 to 6 years
The preschool Montessori classroom materials cover developmental activities design to meet the needs of the child in five curriculum areas:
Preschool years give children the freedom to develop as unique individuals. For the first several hours of the day, our preschoolers participate in the Montessori work cycle. During this time children freely choose to work with Montessori activities in one of the five curriculum areas. New children are guided through the activities and lessons by the Montessori-trained educators.
After the Montessori work cycle is outdoor or indoor play time! Our prepared environments are designed to invite interest and activity. This is a time for the preschoolers to socialize and exercise their gross motor skills. It is a wonderful time to foster imitative learning, collaboration, and nurturing of younger children.
In the afternoons, children benefit from additional curriculum opportunities such as the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Through these approaches, children expand and construct their knowledge through various, creative explorations. When learning is the product of the child’s guided construction rather than simply the teacher’s transmission, learning becomes individualized. Most importantly, teaching becomes a two-way relationship in which the teacher’s understanding of the child is just as important as the child’s understanding of the teacher.
At ExcellED Montessori Plus, we envision the child as someone actively seeking knowledge. This is a perspective that turns structured curriculum, with predetermined outcomes, on its head. A standardized curriculum often eliminates all possibility of a spontaneous inquiry, stealing potential moments of learning from students in a cookie-cutter approach to education. Each child we teach is unique. To teach well, educators must ensure that creativity and innovation are always present. This type of educational environment, our environment, pursues wonder and finds joy at every turn.