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A Message from our Principal
Although the entrance age varies in individual schools, a child can usually enter a Montessori classroom between the ages of 3-6. The child begins with the simplest exercise based on activities which all children enjoy. The equipment that a child uses at three and four will help her to develop the concentration, coordination, independence and good working habits necessary for the more advanced exercises she will perform at five and six. The entire program of learning is purposefully structured. Therefore, optimum results cannot be expected either for a child who misses the early years of the cycle, or for one who is withdrawn before she finishes the basic materials.
Parents should understand that a Montessori school is neither a babysitting service nor a play school that prepares a child for traditional kindergarten. Rather it is a unique cycle of learning designed to take advantage of the child's sensitive years between three and six, when she can absorb information from an enriched environment. A child who acquires the basic skills of reading and math in this natural way has the advantage of beginning her education without drudgery, boredom, or discouragement. By pursuing their individual interests in a Montessori classroom, children gain an early enthusiasm for learning, which is the key to her becoming a truly educated person.
-Jan Howland, Principal