At the Kindergarten level, children are confident in their environment and community. They have adapted to their roles in multi-age settings and are emerging as leaders. MMIA students learn practices that will pave the way for them to have strong futures.
Children are expressing more independence. They are developing higher language skills and gaining an understanding of many subjects. These include science, mathematics, social studies and foreign languages.
Students who have been in the Montessori program for more than a year build upon this foundation. They are active readers and talkers. They are expressing confidence and leadership skills. They build upon other skills by taking on new challenges every single day.
After working with sensory activities, children are reading with a more understanding. They further develop cursive handwriting with their personal journals. Kindergarten students are mastering math concepts. They learn geometry, addition and subtraction, decimals and fractions. Learning happens daily as they explore and master more challenging work.
Here are some of the characteristics of MMIA kindergarteners:
- Ability to concentrate for extended periods of time
- Demonstrated problem-solving abilities
- Interpersonal and communication skills
- Understanding of what it means to follow a sequence in problem-solving
- Patience in resolving a challenging task
- Purposeful in making positive choices
- Acting independently in selecting constructive work
- Purposefully engaged in roles within a community
Experiencing Montessori in the kindergarten years
Besides academic skills, students gain life lessons. Theses help them navigate choices and tasks in real-life situations. Students are also learning what it means to be a leader in their school. In the mixed-age setting, they can show leadership skills with younger children. Their day-to-day activities also encourage students to take the initiative with their tasks.
As part of our MMIA curriculum, problem-solving happens every day! Math works into many of their problem-solving activities. During Kindergarten, they learn higher levels of math. This is one of the most important steps toward gaining real-life problem-solving skills.
In the Kindergarten years, children are reading and writing well. They are also developing their creative writing skills through storytelling. Children know the difference between nouns, verbs, adverbs and other aspects of grammar. They also explore other languages.
Students gain an understanding of other countries. They study the geography of the land and the people who live there. We explore how they live and talk. We bring social studies to life.
Children engage in musical expression throughout all stages of a Montessori environment. In Kindergarten, they have experienced music as a part of their day-to-day activities. They use musical instruments, including bells and tone bars. They take part in group singing and enjoy different types of music.
Students learn how to count, greet one another and express feelings in Spanish. They also explore various characteristics of Spanish culture. By speaking Spanish in the class, they get a better understanding of the language.
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