Kindergarten at RMS

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The kindergarten or 3rd year is a special time in a child’s Montessori education. During this year, children make impressive academic progress, build confidence and self-esteem, take on leadership roles, and further their enthusiasm for learning.  This occurs because we have set high expectations, and our instructional approaches are designed to further children’s cognitive, emotional, and social development. The curriculum includes leadership, mathematics, geometry, reading, writing, geography, and science.  

For the full RMS Kindergarten curriculum, click here.

 

A Year of Deeper Learning

Our kindergarten curriculum is designed for the 3rd year child to integrate the activities and experiences they enjoyed as toddlers, three-, and four-year-olds. When they were younger, for example, they combined and sequenced a variety of objects based on shape, color, and size. They related counted quantities to numerals. They were also taught the phonetic sounds of letters. The 3rd year is a time when children engage in deeper learning and further their abilities to read, write, and think mathematically. Because they are older, they more fully understand scientific concepts, recognize geographical locations, and explore cultural traditions.

 

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Additional Classes

Kindergartners also take classes in art, music, physical education, and Spanish. 3rd year children combine and blend phonetic sounds, read and write words, sentences, and even entire books. 3rd year children enjoy writing the names of animals, plants, insects, and the names of nations or states. They like classifying pictures of animals or insects based on habitat. The children will also investigate the process of arithmetic. They are interested in knowing addition math facts such as 5 + 3. They are also drawn to study place value using materials. They may, for example, add 5,621 + 3,945 or subtract 5,462 – 3,913. The children use other materials for multiplication and skip count (ten, twenty, thirty…) to 1,000.

 

Equivalence: A New Way of Thinking

As five-year-olds mature, they begin to understand the concept of equivalence; two scalene right triangles, for example, are equivalent to a rectangle.  As they discern equivalence, the children enjoy comparing the many different ways cultures satisfy human needs for food, shelter, transportation, and clothing. They also investigate a variety of land forms including archipelagoes, peninsulas, and isthmuses. These are but a few of the many challenging learning activities found in the Children’s House classrooms at RMS.

 

Personalized Learning: A Spiral Curriculum

Children are introduced to the materials and activities as they are ready. Many of these learning materials and activities, often introduced for sensorial exploration during the Children’s House years, are used again, but for different purposes, during the elementary years. Information about our elementary curriculum can be found on the Publications page.

After kindergarten in the Children's House, students advance to Elementary (E1 and E2)... click here to find out more

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