Mastery of anything takes time, perseverance, and maturity. None can be rushed or ignored. This is especially true in children.
We all initially, and continue to learn through our five senses. The three to five year old is almost entirely dependent on them. As children mature, they begin the arduous process of ABSTRACTION.
One hundred ten years of research and practice in Montessori tells us that the beginning of the developmental stage of abstraction from concrete learning is observable in most children during the third year in the Early Childhood Montessori classroom. Even though all children are unique and carry with them his or her own timetable for understanding, most are between the ages of five and six. The three year periods of Montessori classrooms coincide with children’s natural development.
The familiarity of materials, setting, and people of the Early Childhood classroom makes the transition to abstraction occur naturally. A classroom setting in which they can continue what they started is essential to a smooth transition. For all children, it takes time. It takes continued practice. It takes increasing levels of maturity.
Injecting the child into an unfamiliar setting with an unfamiliar curriculum delays the transition. Because the child may not have mastered the Montessori curriculum it will be necessary for the child to acclimate to a new surroundings and a new curriculum and then must decipher what is being required of him before any true learning can occur.
Your child’s Montessori education is an investment in your child’s successful future. Your own perseverance in seeing it through will provide your child with the foundation for success.
We realize that many alternative forms of education are available to your five year old. It is tempting to skip over that final third year. It may have been tempting to drop out of college in your senior year, but what impact would that have had on your future success?
Finishing the third year provides the beginnings of a life long learner, a child who is inquisitive, independent, responsible for both his personal needs and his education, and is concerned for the well-being of society.
Our goal, as yours is to provide each child with a strong foundation for success.