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Cognitive and Social-Emotional Development

Our Preschool-K program lays the cognitive and social-emotional foundation for academic learning. Dr. Montessori recognized that play is the work of the child. In the classroom's safe, gentle world away from home, the 2- to 3-year-old Little Stars begin building concentration, focus, and basic language and math concepts through imitation, repetition, and purposeful activities. Gaining comfort and confidence from a daily routine, students develop practical life skills, discover the joys of music and movement, and learn how to care for their classmates in circle time and the Peace Corner. 

From age 3 through Kindergarten, the Children's Peace Garden students go through a huge brain leap, building long-lasting mental concepts by working with hands-on activities and tactile Montessori materials.  The classroom is physically organized according to the purpose of the educational materials, including language, math, sensorial, practical life, and cultural areas.  Lessons are given based upon the student’s stage of readiness and ability, and students can advance at their own pace and follow their own interests. By completion of Kindergarten, many students have reached a high level of achievement due to our “follow the child” approach--a cornerstone of Montessori philosophy.

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