Will your children be ready for primary school?
Depending on their date of birth, your children will leave us at an age somewhere between four and a half and five and a half. What can we give them to take forward to their new primary schools? There is a check list which Montessori teachers use as a guide and anyone would benefit from achieving it: joy, love of work, love of beauty and reality, ability to concentrate and work alone, sense of social responsibility, love of community, independence, compassion.
When parents come to the school for the final meeting as we say goodbye to your children, we have to buy in extra boxes of tissues. Because it is the case that this list is pretty well always complete.
Have children who leave Netherton the skills for primary school? Two examples illustrated here show your child using maths and geometry to explore complex ideas. This happens spontaneously because your child is learning in a climate of freedom within limits. What does this mean? There are only two limits: the child’s readiness to learn and respect for others.
In a recent exercise to correlate the Montessori Curriculum with the Curriculum for Excellence, I was searching the Early Years Outcomes for the equivalent of the Montessori Geometric Tray. The Geometric Cabinet invites the child to explore geometric shapes and recognize and name them, even with eyes closed.
Names of the complex shapes – quadrilateral, isosceles triangle, hexagon are learnt and pronounced correctly. This piece of equipment corresponds well to one of the Curriculum For Excellence Outcomes for Maths at Primary 1.
Precision comes as a joy to your young child even in pre-school because the brain is primed to look for similarities and differences and is finely tuned to spot them. Being in the sensitive period for language development also means that your child loves to use long and nerdy words.
Are your children ready for school when they leave us? You ask them.