Ages 2.5 – 6 (Preschool through Kindergarten)
The child is at the height of motor-sensory exploration at ages three and four. It is through the senses that the child will come to appreciate the world and the Montessori environment is an ideal settling in which the student’s keen awareness and sensitivity can be fully utilized. With the hands-on materials, the student is developing and refining the power to observe, and then compare and differentiate sensory input. The “wonder,” which is caught rather than taught, is as important as the information and structure provided by the guide.
This respectful and sensorial orientation constitutes the crux of the Montessori method. The “teachers” don’t teach in the formal sense – they guide. Guides and assistants in Children’s House direct young children’s curiosity, guiding them to learn – at their own pace – the fundamentals of reading, writing, arithmetic with an introduction to cultural awareness.
In Montessori Education, preschool and kindergarten are combined, allowing children to benefit from a multi-age environment and continuity of educational experience. At FMES there are four Children’s House multi-age environments, with 25 students per class. Each class has one AMI certified teacher and a full-time assistant. A half-day program is available from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for 2 1/2 to 4 year old children. 5-6 year olds are invited to stay a full day from 8:30 to 2:30 p.m.
We welcome you to visit to learn more about Children’s House (Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten). You are invited to sign up for an Open House Tour.
One of the leading Montessori preschool programs in Portland, OR, the Franciscan Montessori Earth School & Saint Francis Academy also provides remarkably different private Montessori education for elementary and middle school students on our spacious ten acre campus.