If your child attends our Montessori preschool in Houston and is nearing kindergarten time, you and your family may be contemplating next steps. Some families choose to keep their child in the Montessori program through kindergarten, while others decide to go a more traditional Kindergarten route. We respect any decision you make, but ultimately, the Montessori preschool method was specifically designed on a three-year cycle, with the third being the most critical. Here are some of the reasons why the kindergarten year is important to the Montessori method and you should consider continuing the program.
The Culmination of All They Have Learned
The Montessori method of education is designed to be cumulative. The first two years of preschool set the foundation for the third. On the foundation of the first two years, kindergarteners are in a position to take everything they have learned and apply it to more abstract learning. With the Montessori method, children aren’t simply memorizing facts to regurgitate; they are learning why and how learning happens.
A Chance to Lead
During the third year of Montessori preschool, students are able to step up and be leaders of the classroom. Your child has waited two years to step into a mentor role, helping younger children, as their older peers did for them. It’s common for the five-year-olds in a Montessori classroom to teach the younger children, and this benefits them both. Having the opportunity to mentor younger children is a learning opportunity to help them become more confident and independent.
Progress at Their Own Pace
The Montessori method is based on the idea of meeting children where they are. The child leads their own learning process, which means they never have to struggle to keep up with the rest of the class or hold themselves back so their peers can catch up. Maybe your child is already reading and needs more advanced books, or perhaps they are struggling with science and need more time to grasp the concepts. In a Montessori classroom, this is possible.
A Safe and Supportive Environment
Your child has already spent two years at our Montessori preschool. They know their classmates and teachers well and feel safe and secure at our facility in Houston. This type of nurturing environment is the most conducive for learning and growing. Why rock the boat? Transferring your child to a traditional school means that they will have to spend the first several months adjusting to a different kind of classroom, new students, and new teachers, delaying their educational process.
Support For Their Academic Future
The Montessori method offers a distinct advantage over traditional educational models. Montessori preschools are set up to foster a full understanding and appreciation of the learning process. This sets the stage for a lifelong love of learning, fostering the curiosity they need to succeed academically for many years to come.
At Cy-Fair Montessori School, we are proud to offer a unique learning experience for all our students that doesn’t stop once they reach kindergarten age. If you’re interested in learning more about our Montessori preschool in Houston, contact us to schedule a tour.