Upon entering the Children’s House, around 33 months, the child begins to orient and adapt herself to this nurturing and beautifully prepared environment. Order and daily routine are supported and protected as she builds independence, confidence, and control of movement. She does this through the presentation of hands-on materials by both her guide and peers, which not only help to grow within her a love of purposeful activity, but also a deep sense of belonging. Grace and courtesy lessons also aid in a smooth and peaceful transition into this diverse community of children.
During the second year, the child flourishes in an environment and community with which he has developed a deep connection. Earlier work with listening to the sounds of his language now launches him into the worlds of writing and then reading. Repeated experience with the sensorial material leads to his mastery of numbers and quantities and supports his intense concrete work with the decimal system. It is through the high quality manipulative and sensorial activities of the first and second years that your child lays the foundation for future exploration and discoveries in all areas.
By her final year, the child has laid the intellectual and social foundation for more in-depth exploration and work with abstract concepts in language and mathematics. The child’s independence and close relationships with her peers and guide ignite new interests in the environment. She also finds a deep satisfaction in guiding and sharing what she knows with younger members of the community. This critical year is often referred to as the year of leadership – a component of Montessori education rarely found in conventional school settings where students are more often followers of the instructor.