Learning in a child’s world makes a world of difference
The Montessori experience at an early age prepares children at a later age to be able to isolate, classify, discriminate, analyze, and use critical thinking skills. It is a basis for creative learning and intellectual curiosity." ~ Dr. Maria Montessori
When children come to Alexander Montessori for Preschool, they don’t enter an ordinary classroom, but rather a Children’s House. Each House features vertical grouping, meaning children, as young as three and as old as six, learn side-by-side. Younger children observe higher lessons and get excited about the next level. Older students self-confidently guide younger peers. And, by grouping ages in this way, Teachers stay with children longer, enabling them to guide a child’s continuous progress in the most productive and nurturing manner.
Each Children’s House of multisensory learning is arranged into four main subject areas: Practical Life Education, Sensorial Education, Education for the Development of the Logical/Mathematical Mind, and Education for Language Development. Daily lessons may also include ABC board, Spanish, playground and circle time, lunch, and clean-up.
Hands-on activities keep children in touch with learning as they build concentration and an increasing sense of order during this period of rapid social and emotional development. The Montessori principles and curriculum are designed to foster characteristics that play a critical role in intellectual growth such as self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-control. When young children exhibit these qualities, they feel good about themselves and interact appropriately with their environment and peers, with little need for disciplinary tactics.
There’s a purpose to everything we do in a Montessori Children’s House. Teachers present lessons according to a sequential plan and observe the interest and ability of each child. Children learn at their own rate, self-selecting the lessons that best match their current abilities and desires. Combining conventional educational methods and Montessori principles, Teachers guide each child along his or her own natural path of learning and achievement.
The Preschool Program is available at the Old Cutler Road Campus, Palmetto Bay Campus and the Red Road Campus. Completing Alexander Montessori Preschool through the Kindergarten level prepares children for the exciting challenges of our Elementary Program.