“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.” Dr. Maria Montessori
When a child in the Primary class turns five, he or she is ready to transition into the pre-school/afternoon program. Children in the all-day class transition away from napping and into the afternoon class when they turn five. Many 6 year olds benefit from spending an additional year in Primary to gain greater social and emotional maturity or to hone academic skills.
The focus is on the child’s social and emotional lifelong skills development – independence, respect, responsibility. The pre-school learning environment and curriculum nurture curiosity, the joy of discovery and understanding which motivate learning, and help children to develop strong lifetime skills and academic foundation, awareness of self and others, self-direction, teamwork, creativity and critical thinking. The study of the world is in the centre – the language, mathematics comes as a need to understand and study the world, so we need math for unification of humanity, we need language to express ourselves and to understand others thoughts on the world. We bring a lot of art in the classroom – art is really important part of preparation for elementary program – clay, embroidery, traditional handwork in our culture. We put the children in touch with traditions, the more different kind of media children explore more their imagination will develop. The pre-school curriculum complements the Primary program and prepares the child for his transition to the Elementary program.