Why the Kindergarten year is so important - Tim Seldin  Montessori Foundation

"Montessori gives children a foundation for abstract understanding, but the process is anything but complete as they begin kindergarten. Two-, three-, and four-year-olds absorb impressions from the world around them like sponges. Their learning is generally unconscious.

Five-year-olds are beginning to reflect upon the world. They pay closer attention, notice more details, ask more questions, and begin to explain the world in their own terms. The kindergarten year is a time when the child begins to integrate everything she learned in the first few years. Although many parents have heard, and on some level appreciate, that the years before first grade are the most important years in a child’s education, decisions about a child’s preschool and kindergarten often receive less objective analysis than goes into selecting a new car. There is a tendency to assume that the local schools are fundamentally good enough. In doing so, parents underestimate the amount of learning that takes place in the third year of Montessori.

By age five, most Montessori children are well on their way to understanding the decimal system, place value, mathematical operations, and similar information. With reinforcement as they grow older, it becomes internalized and a permanent part of who they are. When they leave Montessori before they have had the time to internalize these early concrete experiences, their early learning often evaporates because it is neither reinforced nor commonly understood.

Montessori is an approach to working with children that is carefully based on what we’ve learned about child development from several decades of research. By the end of kindergarten, Montessori children are generally doing very well academically. Montessori offers them enriched lessons in math, reading, and language, and if they are ready, they normally develop excellent skills." 


Additional information from Head of Staff, Mrs. Heineman,  on why many parents choose Monroe Montessori School for their child's kindergarten year

Goals Of A Montessori Education

  • To stimulate the child’s innate love of learning 
  • To provide a nurturing, cooperative learning environment Ž
  • To incorporate all the senses in the learning experience 
  • To consider the whole child 
  • To encourage respect for self, others, the environment, and all life

The Absorbent Mind
There is a period of time in a young child's life that is perfect for learning.  Between the ages of three and six children are capable of receiving information and acquiring skills effortlessly.  The environment of the Montessori classroom is designed to help nurture the child's natural abilities and develop the true potential of the child.

The Environment

Montessori classrooms were developed to give students the perfect space to discover, explore, and learn.  Beauty and order are an essential part of the prepared environment that allows the child to thrive.

The teacher's role is to guide the child toward independence and help develop concentration and organizational skills.  Activities with Montessori materials called "works" help achieve these goals.


Students are allowed to pursue areas of their interest.  The classroom boasts activities that include practical life, sensorial, language, math, geography, botany, art and science.  Uninterrupted work time gives children the opportunity to focus and concentrate.  The classroom calms as the students relax and work.  Respect for the environment and classmates promotes self control and develops strong social and academic skills.

The benefit of multi-age classrooms

The benefit of a multi-age classroom is that children learn from each other with ease.  When one child learns a new skill such as tying his shoe the other children take notice.  There is a sense of joy that catches on as the next child becomes ready to learn a new idea or skill.

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Playground Play Dates

In the fall and spring we encourage families to set up Playground Play Dates so the children may introduce their parents to their new friends.  Ask your child's teacher for times and details.


We love to have parents come to school and share with us their special interest, hobby, homeland or job.  Talk to your child's teacher if you would like to come share with us.   Read More. . .

Preschool Parent Survival Guide: classroom vocabulary, I did nothing today, phonetic sound chart

Click on the picture below to take a 360 degree virtual tour of one of our preschool/kindergarten classrooms. View other classrooms

Preschool/Kindergarten Overview

Favorite Books To Read Out Loud: Preschool/Kindergarten

  • A House for Hermit Crab, by Eric Carle
  • From Head to Toe, by Eric Carle
  • The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle
  • The Very Busy Spider, by Eric Carle
  • The Mixed-Up Chameleon, by Eric Carle

  • A Color of His Own, by Leo Lionni
  • Frederick, by Leo Lionni
  • Inch by Inch, by Leo Lionni
  • Little Blue and Little Yellow, by Leo Lionni
  • Swimmy, by Leo Lionni

  • The Earth Book, by Todd Parr
  • The Feelings Book, by Todd Parr
  • The Peace Book, by Todd Parr
  • Can You Say Peace?, by Karen Katz
  • Daddy Hugs, by Karen Katz

  • Mommy Hugs, by Karen Katz
  • The Colors of Us, by Karen Katz
  • Toes, Ears & Nose, by Karen Katz
  • Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3, by Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson, Lois Ehlert Chicka
  • Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, Lois Ehlert

  • Growing Vegetable Soup, by Lois Ehlert
  • Planting a Rainbow, by Lois Ehlert Belly
  • Button Book, by Sandra Boynton
  • Pajama Time, by Sandra Boynton
  • Big Red Barn, by Margaret Wise Brown

  • Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst
  • Barbara Reid books
  • Beatrix Potter books
  • Busy, Busy Town, by Richard Scarry

  • Carl’s Birthday, by Alexandra Day
  • Corduroy, by Don Freeman
  • Crabby Crab, by Ruth I. Howard, Helen Downing Hunter
  • Dr. Seuss books, by Theodor Geisel
  • Elmer, by David McKee

  • Emily’s Out And About, by Cindy P. Senning
  • Go Away, Big Green Monster!, by Ed Emberley
  • Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney
  • Mercer Mayer's Little Critter series
  • Mouse Paint, by Ellen Stoll Walsh

  • Our Peaceful Classroom, by Aline D. Wolf
  • Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, by Douglas Wood Robert Munsch books Ten Flashing
  • Fireflies, by Philemon Sturgess
  • The Foxwood Treasury, by Cynthia and Brian Paterson
  • The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein

  • The Gruffalo, by Julie Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
  • The Gruffalo's Child, by Julie Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
  • The Jolly Postman, by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne ​

  • The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf
  • The Water Hole, by Graeme Base
  • The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams, William Nicholson

Individual Attention • Inspiring Curriculum • Dedicated Staff • Since 1978


We gladly welcome visitors to our school during the school year. For the initial visit we ask that you come after school between 4:00 - 4:30 Monday through Wednesday. You will have a chance to visit the different classrooms and talk with the teachers. You may bring your child with you.

If you would like to observe a classroom, you can set up a time with an individual teacher that works well for both of you.

For the classroom observation to go smoothly and for you to see the children in as normal and natural a setting as possible, we ask that you read our Observation Guidelines.

Following your classroom visit our Head of Staff will be happy to meet with you to answer any additional questions or concerns.

How Children Learn Influences Who They Become

Additional resources for incorporating Montessori at home

Two videos from My Works Montessori. 

Additional videos from MyWorksMontessori cover the ages 2.5 to 6 year child. 

Topics include: What is Science, What is Culture, What is Sensorial, 93 lessons in all.

The value of Practical Life for the preschool years. Read More. . .

Reading tips and books by categories - WETA (pbs)

A Year Of Reading: teachers talk about poetry with young children and introduce new children's literature.