The Montessori curriculum is designed as a program that builds upon each year until the final "senior year" as a kindergarten student. This third year is the most important and the most critical year in the classroom. Think of a puzzle without the final piece. This is what the third year is like for a Montessori student. They now understand the expectations of the classroom and can meet both the academic and life experiences the community provides with confidence. As they bloom in their kindergarten year, those final pieces of the puzzle they have been building can be cemented into place and become part of who they are.
We hope our children will make their own decisions and be confident of their own path as they get older. But when do we give them the experiences to practice and learn what that means? In the kindergarten year, the child now knows what's expected and is given greater challenges as a leader in the classroom. Here, they can learn what it means to take responsibility for their actions. They are learning that it matters less what you do when someone is watching and more what you do when someone is not. Integrity, responsibility, natural consequences and a sense of others. Development of each of these along with a greater understanding of what that means for them is what the kindergarten student experiences as they take on this leadership role in their third year.
"I knew the day I met Miss Teresa at MCG that your school was the right fit for my children. Two years later, both of my children are more confident and happy. As Jaxon transitions to public school this year, we want you to know how grateful we are for you, Jaxon’s teachers, and MCG. You have all been exactly the village we were looking for. Thank you for all you do."