Children up to six years old see the world in very concrete ways. They learn about their environment through what they see, hear, touch, taste and smell. In a Montessori education children work with learning materials that can be experienced through the senses.
Between three and six years old, children are learning to use language effectively and to engage socially with the people around them. In a traditional preschool education setting, children between three and six are often grouped according to age. Much opportunity for social learning is lost this way.
At Arbor View Montessori School, our primary education utilizes mixed age grouping. This encourages healthy social development - older children learn to help younger children, and younger children learn from the example of older children.
Although some ideas developed within Montessori Education have been adopted in traditional early childhood education, children attending Montessori Primary Schools benefit from over a century of development and refinement of the Montessori philosophy and practice.
For parents wishing to know more about Arbor View Montessori, Maria Montessori the founder of the Montessori Method, and how your child can benefit from a Montessori education, please contact us to schedule a tour.