Montessori education is based on scientific fact. It allows children to achieve the potential that lies within them.
Rewind back to the 5-6 year old. During the final year at preschool the child consolidates all previous learning. They experience huge growth in confidence, a sense of where they fit into their environment, what their strengths are and what they enjoy doing. They become proficient in their command of the English language, they are true leaders in their environment, they handle responsibility and they do all this with ease. This is all designed to happen in the final plane of development. We can all look back in hindsight and truly acknowledge this year and what it has given to the child.
Primary school as we know it here in NZ ends at the end of year 6 and from here the child moves to intermediate for year 7 and 8. It may look like intermediate offers the child more opportunities, but the final year at Montessori offers more. The planes of development are based on science. The educational approach is based on science. This final year of the second phase of development is the key year, the year the child becomes a true leader, the consolidation year, the year that social, emotional, physical and academics all come together. In the words of Steve Arnold, “Why take the cake out of the oven before it is fully cooked?”. Montessori teachers know your child well, they are knowledgeable of the needs of the child at each stage and the final year is carefully designed by them to meet the specific needs of every child in their group.