Ben Franklin once said, 'An investment in education pays the best dividend.'
It gives me immense pleasure to see our children growing into confident and independent learners. You are probably delighted with your child's progress and are looking forward to the continuation of his/her Montessori education next year.
All the Montessori programs (3 - 6 years old, 6 - 9 years old) are designed to be a three-year cycle and it is only in the third year that much of what has been learnt finally blossoms. During their first year children are engaged in surface learning of various concepts in different subjects. The second year is a period when children begin to internalize these concepts. The third year is a time when they grow emotionally and academically and gain the confidence to be able to teach their peers. As you all know, the best learning occurs when you teach someone else.
Most parents who choose the Montessori environment for their pre-school and elementary children understand that the learning cycle is complete only when the children finish Kindergarten in the Pre-Primary class and 3rd Grade in the Elementary class. The third year of the cycle is the time when our children are beginning to unfold as young leaders, readers and budding mathematicians. When parents decide to withdraw their children before the three year cycle is finished, the children actually miss the most crucial and important part of the Montessori experience.
In the Montessori environment children can go as far as their interest and ability will take them because advanced and challenging materials are available to them. They are neither pressured to keep up with other children nor bored by having to wait for others to catch up with them. Long before children are faced with abstract concepts they are able to manipulate concrete Montessori materials and gain an early understanding of many difficult concepts.
Statistics show when an older child helps a younger child, it is actually the older child who benefits most from the experience. Besides reinforcing their academic knowledge, this experience enhances their self esteem and self-confidence - two qualities which enable children to try new things in later learning and help them become life-long learners.
I highly recommend that you take time off from your busy schedules and set up an appointment to observe the classroom(s) to learn more about our Kindergarten and Elementary curriculum.
Thank you for your trust in American Montessori Public School.