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Call or visit to view a short video about the third, Kindergarten year in Montessori. Half Day, Full Day and Extended Day programs are available. (401) 245-4754.


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The Montessori Difference

Guess what the founders of Google, Amazon, Wikipedia, and the creator of SimCity, have in common with Julia Child, Ann Frank & ‘Puff Daddy’?
  Would the fact that they all attended Montessori schools surprise you? (view full list)

Since parents of our students may often be Montessori alumni themselves, sometimes it’s easy to overlook how many others might not be familiar with the advantages that a Montessori education affords their child, particularly when the differences are contrasted with that of a traditional daycare center, or public school kindergarten.

Some Differences between Montessori and Traditional Kindergartens

Does your child love school and can't wait to go every day? If so, consider yourself fortunate. Why tinker with a winning school situation, when so many families are frustrated and disappointed?

The goal of both Montessori and traditional kindergartens is the same:  to provide learning experiences for the child.  The biggest differences lie in the kind of learning experiences each school provides, and the methods they use to accomplish this goal.

Montessori educators believe these differences are important, because they help to shape what a child learns, their work habits, and future interactions between themselves and the world around them. Montessori children in their third (or kindergarten year) have a keen sense of order and coordination, can sit still longer, and are better organized in the class environment.

Emphasis on cognitive and social development Emphasis on social development
Teacher-pupil ratio about 1 to 10 Teacher-pupil ratio about 1 to 25
Teacher has unobtrusive role in class Teacher is center of classroom as “controller”
Environment and method encourage self-discipline, with assistance from teacher Teacher acts as primary enforcer of discipline
Group and individual instruction Mainly group instruction
Mixed age grouping Same age grouping
Grouping encourages children to teach and help other Most teaching done by the teacher
Child chooses own work, with input from teacher Curriculum structured for large groups
Child discovers own concepts from self-teaching Materials                        Concepts are formally presented
Child can leave out work to finish the next day Child generally allotted specific time for work, and must put it away at the end of the day
Child sets her own learning pace, teacher assists Instructional pace usually set by group norm
Child reinforces own learning by repetition of work and internal feelings of success Learning is reinforced externally by repetition, rewards and punishment
Multi-sensory materials for physical exploration Few materials for sensory development
Organized program for learning the care of self and environment (polishing shoes, cleaning tables, etc.) No organized program for self-care; left primarily up to parents
Child can work where she chooses, move around and talk at will (yet will not disturb the work of others); group work is encouraged     Child usually assigned own chair, required to participate, sit still and listen
Montessori children can usually read by 4-1/2 if they have been in Montessori for two years prior            Public school children start with only letter sounds in kindergarten

20 reasons to keep your children in Montessori for the Kindergarten year

  1. Kindergarten is not the start of schooling. By five, most Montessori children will begin to read, and many will be introduced to multiplication and division.
  2. The third (or Kindergarten) year is the time when many of the earlier lessons come together and be­come a permanent part of the young child's understanding. An excellent example is the early introduction to addition with large numbers through the Bank Game. When children leave Montessori at age five, many of their still-forming concepts evaporate, just as a child living overseas will learn to speak two languages, but may quickly lose the second language if his family moves back home.
  3. As a five-year-old, your child has many opportunities to teach the younger children lessons that he learned when he was their age. Research proves that this experience has powerful benefits for both tutor and tutored.
  4. Your child already knows most of her classmates. She has grown up in a safe, supportive classroom setting. And having spent two years together, your child's teachers know her very, very well.
  5. Five-years-olds have a real sense of running their classroom community.
  6. Montessori children learn how to learn - and they learn to love learning!
  7. In Montessori, your child can continue to progress at her own pace. In traditional kindergarten, they will have to wait while the other children begin to catch up.
  8. If your child goes on to another school, they will spend the first half of the year just getting used to the new educational approach.
  9. Your child has been treated with a deep respect as a unique individual. The school has been equally concerned for their intellectual, social, and emotional development.
  10. Montessori schools are warm and supportive communities of students, teachers, and parents. Children can't easily slip through the cracks!
  11. Montessori teaches children to be kind and peaceful.
  12. Montessori is consciously designed to recognize and address different learning styles, helping students learn to study most effectively.
  13. Montessori math is based on the European tradition of unified mathematics. Basic geometry is introduced at a young age.
  14. Even in Kindergarten, Montessori children are studying cultural geography and beginning to grow into global citizens.
  15. Our goal is to develop students who really understand their schoolwork. Learning is not focused on rote drill and memorization. Students learn through hands-on experience, investigation, and research. They become actively engaged in their studies, rather than passively waiting to be spoon-fed.
  16. We challenge and set high expectations for all our students, not only a special few. Students develop self-discipline and an internal sense of purpose and motivation
  17. The Montessori curriculum is carefully structured and integrated to demonstrate the connections among the different subject areas. Every class teaches critical thinking composition, and research. History lessons link architecture, the arts, and science.
  18. Students learn to care about others through community service.
  19. Students in Montessori schools arc not afraid of making mistakes because they have learned  how  to  self-correct  they see them as natural steps in the learning process.
  20. Students learn to collaborate and work together in learning and on major projects. They strive for their personal best, rather than compete against one another for the highest grade in their class.

Your child has waited two long years to he one of the five-year-old leaders of their class. Please don’t let your child miss out on one of the most crucial years in a Montessori program. Call or visit to view a short video about the third, Kindergarten year in Montessori.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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