Early Childhood & Kindergarten Extension
Montessori is a “whole child” approach to learning: academic, physical, social, and emotional. We educate our students not to score on tests, but to be successful, creative, thoughtful adults. The goal of the Early Childhood program is to help young children build concentration, coordination, competence, and independence.
Your child’s learning off-campus will include a range of activities from small group and one-on-one Zoom lessons to weekly lesson plans and at-home activity kits packed with projects you can do with your child and work they can do on their own.
Practical life includes four areas of concentration: gross and small motor movement, caring for oneself, caring for the environment, and developing grace and courtesy. The direct aims are to develop and support order, concentration, coordination, and independence in the young child. These areas of development are the foundation for Language and all cognitive work that is to follow.
Young children learn about their environment through experiences and impressions which they have received through their sense organs. Maria Montessori recognized the need to organize and store these impressions through the training of the child’s sensory system. This order is the foundation for Mathematics and becomes the foundation for refinement of observation skills, discrimination, classification and intellectual growth that bridges the child into the other areas of the classroom.
Maria Montessori’s concept of mathematics was not just based upon the idea of helping children gain knowledge in the conventional sense of learning numbers. She viewed mathematics as a way of thinking, of being able to order thoughts and information, to sequences events, and to analyze relationships. This manner of thinking forms the basis for logical reasoning that is necessary for developing the intellect, which she phrased as the “mathematical mind.”
A Montessori education aims a providing a whole language experience to further develop receptive and expressive language. The area is divided into six categories with activities for enriching vocabulary, making logical connections, writing, reading, developing creative writing skills, and understanding word function. Following the progression of concrete to abstract, writing is taught before reading which comes slowly through a series of exercises and never forced upon the child to preserve a lifelong love of reading.
Cultural education is comprised of three main areas; geography, science, and history with a goal of helping the child relate to the universe and develop a feeling of interconnectedness to humanity and the natural world. By laying a foundation of awe and wonder for the world we live in, Montessori placed hope in these young children to become global citizens and the future caretakers and peacemakers of the earth.
Sample lesson plan with activities to do together and independently
Currently enrolled parents can visit our Parent Resources page for a video library and more resources.
Being a parent with a child at home can feel like you’re own your own. Is your child learning enough Are they learning the right things?
You don’t have to do it alone.
Meet our team of highly-trained Early Childhood teachers who are experts in 3-6 year old child development who will partner with you.
Crystal Lake Montessori School
3013 S. Country Club Rd
Woodstock, IL 60098