Having spent two years in the classroom learning from the older children, kindergarteners are eager to mentor their younger classmates. These are important opportunities for developing patience, empathy, compassion, and exceptional communication skills.
The Montessori approach emphasizes the use of self-correcting to learn concrete concepts. During the third year, the child works with these materials in more depth and begins to transition into more abstract, academic concepts.
During the two preschool years, the child has established critical learning habits – – concentration, self-reliance, sense of order, and love of learning. These habits are supported and reinforced in the kindergarten year, ensuring that the child is prepared for success in the elementary years and beyond.
Working in Groups
Grouping takes place frequently and organically in a Montessori kindergarten. The children learn by experience how to interact in a responsible and orderly manner. A child entering first grade, having experienced Montessori kindergarten, will be much better prepared for group work than other first graders, who haven’t honed these skills.
In many ways, if a child doesn’t complete Montessori kindergarten, the benefits of the first two years are wasted.