THREE TO SIX - REQUIREMENTS
There are no academic requirements for this
age, but children are exposed to amazing amounts of knowledge
and often learn to read, write and calculate beyond what is
often thought usual for a child of this age.
Learning Styles: All intelligences and styles of
learning—musical, bodily-kinesthetic, spatial, interpersonal,
intrapersonal, intuitive, natural, and the traditional
linguistic and logical-mathematical—are nurtured and respected.
Character Education: Opportunities for the valorization of the
personality is considered at least as important as academic
education. Children are given the opportunity to take care of
themselves, each other, and the environment—gardening, cooking,
building, moving gracefully, speaking politely, doing social
work in the community, etc.
The Results of learning in this way: In
looking at the results one must be sure they are judging a class
run by a fully trained teacher. Using Montessori without this
training will not have the same results. When the environment
meets all of the needs of children they become, without any
manipulation by the adult, physically healthy, mentally and
psychologically fulfilled, extremely well-educated, and brimming
over with joy and kindness toward each other.