During the first year of the full Primary cycle the children grow roots, during the second year, they branch out, during the third year, they blossom.
The Montessori program is deliberately designed to be a three year program* that capitalizes on the child’s development stage from 3- 6 years. The children look forward to this year as they become more self-assured and socially mature. It is only in the third (or Kindergarten) year that much of what has been developing finally blossoms. It is one of the prime reasons why Montessori has such a dramatic impact on children.
Continuity in Developmentally Rich Environment: The last year in the Primary classroom (Kindergarten year) is a magical year during which everything that the child has experienced in the first two years becomes internalized and reinforced, and the child begins to move from very concrete learning to learning that is more abstract. If the child is withdrawn before finishing his Kindergarten year, much of the sensorial preparation for academic skills during the first two years will fade away.
No limit to the curriculum: The Kindergarten year is the end of the sensitive period for language; never again will the acquisition of the rules of grammar or syntax be so effortless. Remember diagramming sentences in 9th and 10th grade? Our Kindergarten year children do that through play with colorful symbols! Playing with words and increasing vocabularies will never again be such fun. Many of our Kindergarten year children through their exposure to our specific materials will begin to read. Children continue to gain skills in Math, Science, Art and Music.
Developing leadership skills and confidence: Our Kindergarten year class provides a familiar, secure place in which to practice being responsible and free to choose because of an inner discipline. This is an important time to learn how to communicate, problem solve and work with others. Kindergarten year child will mentor the younger children and thus give back to the classroom community. These children are fine tuning their life skills.
*Primary program is a three-year program for children ages 3-6. If the child starts in the Primary room before age 3, the full Primary cycle may be four years long with the Kindergarten year being the last and fourth year in the program.