Kinder Haus Pre-K and Kindergarten Class
As the children arrive, they usually play outdoors before coming in for the morning group time. Both our Mandeville and Metairie campuses have wonderful playgrounds. The children not only enjoy playing and socializing, they have the opportunity for gross motor development. Our morning group times are designed to foster a sense of belonging and help the children make the transition from romping outdoors to being inside where we use our inside voices and walking legs. It’s this type of support that helps the children develop self-discipline.
During free work, the children move freely from area to area. They work alone, if they like, or sometimes with friends. A spirit of cooperation and respect is evident. It’s such a joy to experience all these self-directed, happy children.
Special interest themes are explored continuously throughout all classes, including the Pre-K/K class. Some such examples are: solar system, continents, state capitals, famous inventors, world-renowned artists, and anatomy. Occasionally, guest speakers are brought in to further their study of such special interests. Children thrive when they are placed in an environment that is so conducive to their learning.
Some distinguishing characteristics of the Pre-K/Kindergarten classroom follows.
The Montessori Pre-K/Kindergarten classroom is quite different from a traditional classroom. Its concept was created by Dr. Montessori in the early 1900’s and continues to be used worldwide. The 3-6 year old children are all grouped together for a purpose. The younger children have “role models,” similar to a family with older and younger children. Younger children watch and follow the example of older children naturally—just as the younger child in a family wants to be like the older and do what they do. Older children often demonstrate lessons to the younger ones; this has a two-fold benefit. First, the younger children are always eager to have attention from the “big kids.” They will often want a lesson from a friend, and not want one from a teacher. Secondly, the older children benefit by being able to be “helpers.” They are proud of their work and the ability to help teachers. They also enjoy the attention from the younger ones--most of them remember being the younger ones. They have earned their rank. They won’t have the opportunity to feel the smartest or be the biggest at their school for many years to come. The kindergarten children gain tremendous self-esteem during their final year. They feel smart, capable, and ready to welcome new challenges. This is a special gift and an exceptional springboard to first grade!