Kindergarten Education

Throughout our Kindergarten program, children are expressing more independence, developing a mastery of language, and gaining an understanding of numerous subjects, including science, mathematics, social studies and foreign languages. Students who have been in the Montessori program for two, three or four years are building upon the foundation of the materials they already have learned. They are voracious readers and communicators. They are expressing confidence and leadership skills. They are exploring their strengths and building upon other skills by taking on new challenges every single day.

The time for accelerated learning!

When describing the period represented by the Kindergarten years, Dr. Maria Montessori described it as an “explosion of learning.”  During the past 15 years, our instructors at Maria Montessori International Academy fully understand what she meant by that expression. We witness those explosions among the students who continue to build upon the concepts they have learned through sensorial activities. Something clicks after years of absorbing different concepts and they’re flourishing with their mastery of different subjects.

After their involvement in sensorial activities, including working with sandpaper letters, children are reading expressively and with a deeper level of comprehension. They are further developing their creativity and cursive handwriting with their personal journals. Kindergarten students also are mastering mathematical concepts, including geometry, addition and subtraction, decimals and fractions. Learning happens daily as they explore and master more challenging work.

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Experiencing Montessori in the kindergarten years

At the Kindergarten level, children are confident in their environment and community. They have adapted to their roles in multi-age settings and are emerging as leaders. They have embraced practical life skills and mastered many of the foundational practices that have prepared them for more advanced lessons. MMIA students have learned many of the practices that will pave the way for them to become invaluable contributing members of their communities. Here are some of the characteristics of MMIA kindergarteners:

  • Ability to concentrate for extended periods of time
  • Demonstrated problem-solving abilities
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Understanding of what it means to follow a sequence in problem-solving
  • Patience in resolving a challenging task
  • Purposeful in making positive choices
  • Acting independently in selecting constructive work
  • Purposefully engaged in roles within a community

LEADERSHIP SKILLS

In addition to academic skills, Maria Montessori International Academy students are gaining essential life lessons that will help them navigate choices and tasks in real-life situations. As part of the MMIA environment, students are learning what it means to be a leader in their school environment. In the mixed-age setting, they can demonstrate leadership skills with younger children. Their day-to-day activities also encourage students to confidently take the initiative with their tasks.

PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS

As part of our MMIA curriculum, problem-solving happens every day! Mathematical concepts are integrated into many of our problem-solving activities. In the early years of a Montessori education, children have been working with materials that help them grasp the concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Kindergarten paves the way to more a deeper comprehension of math — one of the most important steps toward gaining real-life problem-solving skills.

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

In the Kindergarten years, much of the experiences children have engaged with throughout their Montessori education have led them to the point that they are reading and writing fluently and expressively. During these years, students at MMIA also are developing their creative writing skills through storytelling. They are grasping the difference between nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs and other aspects of grammar. They also explore other languages of various cultures.

SOCIAL STUDIES

At MMIA, our students gain an understanding of countries by studying the geographical aspects of the land the people who live there. We explore how they live, communicate and navigate their surroundings. We bring social studies to life.

MUSIC

Children engage in musical expression throughout all stages of a Montessori environment. As the children advance into Kindergarten, they already have experienced music as an integral part of their day-to-day activities. They use musical instruments, including bells and tone bars, participate in group singing and gain an appreciation of different types of music, including classical, world and folk music.

SPANISH

Through language immersion, students learn how to count, greet one another and express feelings in Spanish. In addition, they explore various characteristics of Spanish culture to gain a deeper understanding of the language.

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Our sign of success

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’”
– Dr. Maria Montessori