The goal of the early childhood (3-6) environment is to cultivate-and be a catalyst to- a child’s own natural desire to learn. We encourage children to experience choice and make decisions, empowering them with intrinsic motivation and self-discipline, which strengthens their ability to think and act independently. Teachers guide each child “to do it by myself,” thus satisfying the child’s basic need for independence. By helping each child believe that they are capable, competent, and confident, we help create positive attitudes toward learning that last a lifetime.
Designed to meet the individual needs of each child, the AMA three to six classrooms feature hands on materials that appeal to all five senses. Practical life, sensorial, language, math and cultural areas are filled with fascinating “work.” In addition to absorbing their surroundings through the five senses, children of this age are more responsive to certain learning experiences at particular times.
Dr. Maria Montessori identified these times as “Sensitive Periods,” after which the opportunity for maximizing development is lost. During these “Sensitive Periods” learning is most thorough, concentration most intense, and enthusiasm is at its richest. Children pursue, with endless repetition, activities of interest to them. Dr. Montessori identified “Sensitive Periods” for language acquisition, order, detail, sensorial exploration, writing, words, numbers, manners and courtesy, and precise movement.
Our certified Montessori teachers provide a personalized education that will support the developmental needs of your child. With a maximum staff to student ratio of one to twelve, our teachers are able to focus on these preschool children whose actions have become purposeful and deliberate, allowing the students to mature with their peers and become active caring members of their new community.
“I do not believe there is a method better than the Montessorian for making children sensitive to the beauties of the world and awakening their curiosity regarding the secrets of life.” –Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel Garcia Marquez