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MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL

The first six years of life are the most important for the educational development of a person. The foundations of a child’s entire personality are established during this period. After carefully studying many educational systems, the Peterson Schools chose the Montessori Method in English for Preschool as the most advantageous.

The Montessori Method is a system that was specially designed to carefully lead children in an individual manner through each stage of development at this crucial age. A child sees the world as large and confusing. Montessori allows the child to perceive order and structure, which will give him/her confidence and provide the foundation for future development in their own direction while promoting creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking and time management.

In the Montessori classroom, interactive learning develops in an environment that is carefully prepared by an educator who is specially trained use sophisticated materials to work with children at the Preschool level. In a classroom that is not segregated by age, where children of different ages can interact, each child chooses the activity he/she will carry out under the careful supervision of their guide and in accordance with their individual learning plan. Each activity is based on prior materials and activities that guide the child to higher levels of comprehension and mastery. A child should begin the Montessori program at age three to get the most benefit from it. At this age, children have a strong desire to learn. It is most important to make this learning useful as this will help create order in the child’s mind. In the Montessori Preschool, a child develops practical and individual skills through discovery, exploration and the use of materials in four major areas: Practical Life Situations, Sensory Development, Mathematics and Language.

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The exercises in this area are intended to teach the child to interact in his/her own environment by providing instructions on how to face the things around him/her. The child learns that there is a correct way to do things and these activities make the child feel safe and help develop independence.

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The exercises carried out in this area are related to development, detailed handling of materials and refinement of the five senses. Each sense is first dealt with individually and later in conjunction with each other. The material used serve as indirect preparation for mathematics and language.

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This area helps the child communicate and establish social relationships. He/she develops oral communication and prepares for the reading-writing process. Reading and writing go hand-in-hand. The initial work with the previous materials prepares the child for both. Development of language is the medium through which the child makes himself/herself known and understood.

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Sensory training is of great importance in the learning of the foundations of mathematics. There are around 20 special Montessori materials used to help a child enter the world of numbers with ease and confidence. A three-year-old child has a logical mind and is interested in sequence and order. The idea of quantity is inherent to all materials. There is a notion of identity and difference, part of the recognition of identical objects and the degree of similarity between objects. Through repetition during these exercises, the child is being conditioned to learn and gradually construct a solid foundation for more advanced mathematics. Mathematical language helps the child understand natural laws, The Montessori materials begin with the basics and gradually become more complex to build a solid foundation for mathematical knowledge. Coming off of concrete experiences the child systematically arrives at abstract concepts and understands them.

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