This period of the child's period is considered the most important in his development. During this dynamic period, we work with children on developing gross and fine motor skills, language skills, and independence. Children are introduced to the world of social interaction with other children, creating a basis for life and further developing their personalities.
Never help a child with an action that he feels capable of.
- Maria Montessori
In the Secrets of Childhood programme, children's natural curiosity is encouraged because they receive information from their environment extremely quickly and easily in this period of their lives. The influence of the mixed group is expressed by the fact that the younger children learn from the older ones, who help them and thus develop self-confidence. Mixed groups effectively develop a sense of care and empathy in children, which is later transferred to everyday life.
Joy, a sense of self-worth, being valued and loved by others, a sense of usefulness, and the ability to create are factors of significant value for the human soul.
- Maria Montessori
In this age phase, work is being done to prepare for school enrolment and the beginning of formal education. This year's educational work emphasizes encouraging independence, strengthening socio-emotional competence, supporting cognitive and physical development, respecting individuality, and encouraging and nurturing curiosity and creativity. The goal is for children to be independent and self-aware, with a strong character, empathy, and awareness of a sense of community.
We must teach children how to think, not what to think.
– Margaret Mead
Each of the mentioned age groups goes through all five centers of the Montessori educational system - cosmic, mathematical, linguistic, practical, and sensory.
The process itself during the child's stay in the center is also based on five elements:
You can read more about the Montessori educational system HERE.