The complete Primary program has a 3-4 year cycle ("full cycle") which includes the traditional kindergarten year. We encourage families to keep their child in our Primary program until he or she is ready to enter the first grade. It is in this last year of the full Montessori cycle that the child assimilates and integrates much of the learning he has done in the early years of the program as well as experiencing critical social development and leadership. It is critical to the goal of "life-long love of learning" versus a wonderful preschool experience.
Our Montessori program supports the view that we learn from each other during all stages of life. For this reason, we strive for a balance of ages in our classrooms so our younger students may learn by modeling after our older students, and our older children will have opportunities to share their accomplishments with younger members of their group.Why should I pay for the kindergarten year when we have a viable alternative?
Every year that you have had your child in Montessori is a gift. A child completing her first year has experienced independence and confidence and a child completing his/her second year has experienced academics with joyful learning and has experienced being a mentor to those younger. However, it is in the third year in Primary that all the individual lessons come together and their concepts are internalized; Montessori called this stage the integration of the personality. In this year, students begin to reach internal mastery of their work, and they begin to demonstrate great competence and develop abstract concepts for the work they have hitherto worked with as concrete materials. As always, speak to us if cost is a hindrance, we would like to do everything we can to make this experience viable for your child.Socially, will my child be at a disadvantage because the kindergarten group is traditionally relatively small? Regardless, would my child be at a social disadvantage starting school in the first grade?
Montessori children tend to be socially confident. They have had three to four years of experience as the youngest, median, and oldest children in a community of mixed aged children. They have experienced friendships that span years. They have experienced speaking up and having their thoughts heard and have been mentored to manage social conflicts. Many children participate in community activities and sports as well so that they already know many of the children in their grade. Schools purposefully mix the kindergarten classes entering the first grade so that many of the children are forming new relationships.Would it be scary for my child to start school in the first grade?
Change is scary and going from a place and community of friends that you feel you know "inside and out" to a new a large school is daunting at any age, be it entry to kindergarten or first grade.
The transition to first grade is gentler in that the classrooms have this notion of "my own space"(my books, my desk, etc.) which is comforting to a child who has experienced this.Does Montessori Kindergarten (Primary third year) meet the state's standards?
The third year program in Concord Montessori meets or exceeds the state's curriculum that corresponds to the Common Core Standards for Kindergarten and is recognized as such in area schools. Our curriculum provides more in-depth lessons for math, reading, and language, as well as science, geography and cultural studies. Mathematics include word problems,measurement(number lines, number grids, bar graphs, estimation), telling time and money(identification of penny, nickel, dime, and quarter, associated values, making change, working with $1, and $10 bills).Would my child be too advanced academically compared to her peers in first grade?
While a child may very well be advanced in many academic areas, a first grade teacher is usually able to accommodate differences so that your child continues to feel challenged. Montessori children are engaged learners so that they will look deeply into their lessons to assimilate the concept at hand with their own experiences.My child is eager to take the school bus.
You can assure your child that s/he will have ample opportunities to ride school buses all through grades 1-12! Anticipation is sweet and a little delayed gratification is never a bad thing.Are kindergarteners required to register for full days?
Full days are not a requirement for kindergarten, but it is highly recommended. In the afternoons, the kindergarteners do special projects, activities and field trips. They also forge a very close bond with one another. Most children attend 3- 5 afternoons.Won't my child miss all the fun kindergarten activities?
Beginning with the daily role of classroom leaders and participating in the most advanced work in the classroom, Montessori kindergarteners feel very special. Through the special projects and activities in the afternoon program, they forge special bonds and attend field trips and programs not available to the younger children. As leaders, they have the opportunity to mentor their peers by reading, teaching concepts, or helping to tie shoes. Kindergartners learn to have greater independence and freedom, and they love it!