“The objects surrounding the children should look solid and attractive to them, and the children's house should be lovely and pleasant in all its particulars....It is almost possible to say that there is a mathematical relationship between the beauty of their surroundings and the activity of the children; they will make discoveries rather more voluntarily in a gracious setting than in an ugly one”

-Maria Montessori

Defining the 3-6 Year Old Child
During the three-to-six-year-old period, children make great developmental strides and show an enormous interest in the world around them. They are eager to learn, explore, and exert their ever-growing independence. The children learn through their interactions with their environment by exploring, experimenting, touching, building, and doing things by and for themselves.
 
Social and language development 
While many preschool children at this developmental stage still prefer parallel play, they are all beginning to learn to socialize, understand feelings, and manage working and playing in a group. They are fascinated by language and the names of things, and are communicating by adding new words by the thousands.
 
Child Development: The Preschool and Kindergarten Child
Dr. Montessori referred to this stage as the period of the Absorbent Mind. She observed that children under the age of six absorb information without effort, through their everyday interactions with those around them and their environment. This important time of development provides the critical foundation of a child's character, learning, and growth.

As in all stages of child development, Dr. Montessori noted certain sensitive periods during this stage, such as a time when a child is powerfully motivated, driven, and able to learn certain things. These sensitive periods include aspects of movement, reading, mathematics, order, music, grace, and courtesy, among many others. The classroom environment is designed to give the children a place in which they can work and learn freely, following their interests and natural tendencies.
 

Papillon Montessori's Developmental Approach
At Papillon Montessori, all of our programs are developmentally responsive to the needs of individual children. In preschool and kindergarten, our classrooms are beautiful environments uniquely prepared to welcome and engage young children. Children work independently, in small groups with teachers, and with younger and older peers. Our experienced teachers fill the Montessori environment with opportunities for learning, exploration, and socialization.

About Our Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten

  • We believe that young children learn best through their interactions with their environment by exploring, experimenting, touching, building, and doing things by and for themselves.
  • Our preschool and kindergarten curriculum is designed to be developmentally responsive.
  • Our classrooms are purposefully prepared environments with stimulating materials and child-sized furniture and equipment.
  • All learning is hands-on and experiential, with specially designed Montessori materials for math, language, sensorial exploration, practical life activities, art, science, and geography.
  • We encourage students to explore, make discoveries, and use their imagination.
  • At Papillon Montessori, the process is more important than the product.

 

  • Classroom activities prepare the children for subsequent or concurrent work in mathematics, reading, writing, collaboration and socialization
  • Through Montessori work, children develop strong observational and problem-solving skills.
  • Use of hands-on materials allows children to begin to move from concrete concepts to abstract through manipulation, experimentation, and invention.
  • Students who master the Children's House preschool and kindergarten curriculum are extremely well prepared for the academic, physical, and social work of first grade.

 

  • Independence is a key element of the Montessori philosophy in preschool, kindergarten, and beyond.
  • In the Montessori classroom, students choose activities from the environment and work at their own pace alone or in small or large groups.
  • Teachers guide students so they can explore and come up with solutions on their own rather than relying on the teachers to supply the answers.

 
 

  • Our comprehensive preschool and kindergarten curriculum provides a solid foundation for elementary school.
  • Making choices and using coordinated movements to accomplish tasks leads the preschool and kindergarten child toward self­ regulation and self-control.
  • Through their Montessori work, children develop strong observational and problem-solving skills.
  • Students who master the Children's House preschool and kindergarten curriculum are extremely well prepared for the academic, physical, and social work of first grade.