Nurturing Your Young Child’s Natural Development
Kenwood Montessori School supports young children as they develop:
Relationships are an important part of human growth. We help each child learn to identify and express needs and feelings; to respond sensitively to the needs of others; to respect differences in others; and to share a classroom with other children and adults.
Movement is vital for two – to six – year olds. Weather permitting we spend part of every day outside. The Montessori environment invites movement and is designed to enhance development of fine and gross motor skills. Montessori’s “practical life work” helps each child practice everyday living skills – such as twisting, pouring, sorting, hammering, polishing, and dressing.
Preparing and enjoying healthy snacks are two examples of “practical life work” activities. Snacks are available in the classroom every day, and each child is encouraged to serve him/ herself independently.
For children, art is process not product oriented. Our art activities are open-ended, and encourage each child to express his or her own images, ideas, and feelings.
Montessori’s sequenced academic materials move from the simple to the complex, from the concrete and tactile to the abstract. Appropriate math, language, science, and geography exercises allow our children to progress at their own pace, according to their individual interests and ability.
We believe that reflective listening helps affirm children’s feelings. Children learn to identify, express, and cope with real feelings – such as pride, fear, frustration, happiness, anger, and sadness.