Children’s House, commonly known in the childcare industry as Preschool Classroom, admits children aged 3-6 years. At Radiant, we clearly organize the Montessori curriculum (provide a link to the PDF “About Montessori”). There are little corners for children to read; to work on lessons; and to relax. This beautiful environment that is uniquely structured and organized for children is traditionally known as a “Children’s House” in Montessori circles.
The Montessori Teacher
The Montessori Teacher is known as a “Guide” and is an inconspicuous, yet discreetly influential, part of the classroom. Montessori teachers guide and observe children while creating a calm, structured, and happy environment. The Guide knows when to intervene to help or to further challenge the child, and more importantly, when to step back and let the child independently complete the learning process. Because the Guide is a constant in the child’s life for up to three years, the Guide is well aware of the child’s personality, interests, and learning style.
Montessori Guide’s job extends further. Using a specially designed software called Montessori Workspace, the Guides record your child’s progress in each learning area. Guides will present and discuss this information with you at the parent teacher conferences so that you understand what your child is learning.
Mixed Age Setting — Learning From Each Other
In the Children’s House classrooms, you will see three, four, five, and six-year olds sharing the same learning environment. This mixed age setting—unique to Montessori—creates a nurturing environment where children learn from each other. Younger children are eager to learn and to gain insight by watching older children working on lessons. The older children reinforce their knowledge, act as role models, and develop leadership skills by guiding younger children.
Children learn to respect and to work with others who have different abilities and interests. Children also learn to share, to be kind, and to help others by watching other children in the classroom community.
Pre-School and Kindergarten age children are quick to absorb from their environment. Dr. Montessori named this quality “the absorbent mind”. Our comprehensive Montessori curriculum (link to PDF) supports the child’s natural drive to independently explore and learn about their world.