Early Childhood

“Within the child lies the fate of the future.” - Maria Montessori

Early Childhood

This multi-age program ranges in age from 3-6 years

Children choose their work from among the self-correcting materials displayed on open shelves. Over a period of time, the children develop into a "normalized community," working with high concentration and few interruptions. Normalization is the process whereby a child moves from being undisciplined to self-disciplined, from disordered to ordered, from distracted to focused, through work in the environment. The process occurs through repeated work with materials that captivate the child's attention. For some children this inner change may take place quite suddenly, leading to deep concentration. In Montessori, academic competency is a means to an end, and the manipulatives are viewed as "materials for development."

 

In the classroom, each child follows a natural progression through four categories of learning.
 

The Practical Life materials involve simple tasks relating to the care and maintenance of each child's environment. They give each child a sense of organization and concentration, as well as an appreciation of a completed cycle of activity.
 

The Sensorial materials help each child organize, categorize and refine the perceptions of his senses, e.g., colors, sounds, geometric shapes, and relative sizes.
 

The Language materials prepare each child for writing and reading. Children are made aware of phonetics, vocabulary and the functions of words.
 

The Mathematics materials get each child is exposed to concrete materials that introduce counting and the association of numbers with quantities. The program then progresses to more abstract concepts in preparation for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
 

Navarre Montessori Academy's goal is to develop patterns of concentration and thoroughness in early childhood in order to produce a competent and confident learner in later years.
 

Your child will stay in the Early Childhood classroom for 3 years, including the traditional “kindergarten year”

Montessori is a continuum of education that allows your child to build upon his/her experiences each year. In the first year, the days will be filled with activities centered around “Practical Life”. Here, he learns to sweep the floor, bake bread, polish silver and clean the leaves of plants. He experiments with sensorial materials that educate his visual, auditory and tactile senses. He plays vocabulary sound games and sings and dances when children gather for group activities.

 

As the child continues, he/she is introduced to sounds and symbols, which lay the groundwork for reading and writing in the future. The child is introduced to numbers and the decimal system – with the most amazing concrete materials to show her the way. The child learns about land and water forms, geometric figures, the political countries of the world; she learns about the parts of plants and animals and about music and art – at her own pace, in her own time.

 

It is during his third year or fourth year (the traditional kindergarten year) that everything comes to fruition for your child. Reading, writing and mathematical understanding blossom from the many seeds that were planted in the previous two years. The child leaves the program with a strong set of academic skills; but, far more importantly, with the attitude that learning is fun, exciting and boundless.

 

Other activities
 

  • Spanish: Most research suggests that children have a tremendous ability to learn other languages during the first six years of life. Here, at MPN nurture and enable that ability by introducing Spanish to our curriculum. Every week, our circle-time includes basic colors, numbers, common nouns, introductions, person identification, shapes, animals, grace/courtesy/etiquette application. The lessons will be delivered through guided movement, song, dance, and hands-on activities. 
     

  • Music & Dance: Children have a natural and basic tendency to respond to music. We provide ample opportunities to explore music under. Playing music and moving to a beat provides stimulating experiences for young children and fosters learning.
     

  • Yoga: We incorporate exercise and play using yoga poses as a springboard for the exploration of many other areas such as nature, animal adaptation, and behaviors, chanting, and storytelling. These sessions physically enhance flexibility, coordination children's' and body awareness while helping them to connect more deeply with their inner self.
     

  • Art: With the use of various material like crayons, brushes, chalk, painting, art elements like shapes, colors we help to develop the appreciation of the art through their sense of accomplishment.