PRE-K PROGRAM

3 years old to 4 years old

TODDLER HOUSE IS A SITE OF EXPLORATION

We believe toddlers learn by doing, so we ensure classrooms are fitted with learning materials within reach and toddler-sized furniture to create confidence and independence. These tools develop essential motor and cognitive skills such as sorting, stacking, counting, matching, sequencing, scooping, pouring, cleaning, and sweeping. Our toddlers spend time outdoors every day (weather permitting). Each classroom has a dedicated outdoor area where they engage with the environment with all of their senses. 

THE SPECIFIC GOALS OF THE PRE-K PROGRAM

  • 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.

  • The 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 the 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 the first grade.

“The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when man’s intelligence itself, his greatest implement, is being formed. But not only his intelligence; the full totality of his psychic powers.”

DR. MARIA MONTESSORI

CHILDREN'S HOUSE CURRICULUM OVERVIEW​

Young children take in a tremendous amount of information from their environment, with what Dr. Maria Montessori called "the absorbent mind." Our Children's House preschool and kindergarten program provide an enriching, hands-on learning experience with specially formulated Montessori materials for math, language, sensorial exploration, practical life activities, art, science, and geography. Making choices and using coordinated movements to accomplish tasks leads the child toward self-regulation and self-control. Children develop observation and problem-solving skills. By manipulating, experimenting, and discovering, children move from the concrete to the abstract as they prepare for the more complex studies of the Papillon Montessori elementary program.

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 to work and play in a group. They are fascinated by language and the names of things and communicate 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 six absorb information without effort through everyday interactions with those around them and their environment. This necessary time of development provides the critical foundation for a child's character, learning, and growth.
As in all stages of child development, Dr. Montessori noted specific sensitive periods during this stage, such as when a child is powerfully motivated, driven, and able to learn particular things. These sensitive periods include aspects of movement, reading, mathematics, order, music, grace, and courtesy, among many others. The classroom environment is designed to allow the children to 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. Our classrooms are beautiful environments uniquely prepared to welcome and engage young children in preschool and kindergarten. Children work independently, in small groups with teachers, and with younger and older peers. Our experienced teachers fill the Montessori environment with learning, exploration, and socialization opportunities.

CHILDREN'S HOUSE GALLERY