An Introduction to Early Childhood Programs at Wilmington Montessori School

Toddler, preschool and kindergarten students who begin their school experience at Wilmington Montessori School are prepared for their next educational steps - both academically and socially. They become capable students who not only know how to learn; they also love learning. This solid foundation constructed during early childhood creates confident life-long learners who are empowered to contribute to their community and change the world.
Social, Emotional and Spiritual Development
At Wilmington Montessori School, children learn in mixed age groups (ages 12 months to 3 years in the Pre-Primary (Toddler) Program and ages 3 to 6 in the Primary Program). This empowers the older children to become role models for the younger ones and creates a feeling of community as younger children are aided by older ones who develop patience and leadership skills. 

Physical and Motor Development
To become independent, children must develop motor coordination and control. WMS's classrooms and outdoor spaces on our beautiful 25-acre campus provide a safe environment in which children can learn to control their bodies in a defined space; care for themselves, others and their environment; and identify and refine information obtained through their senses.
Cognitive Development
During early childhood, the child's mind is in a rapid phase of development, which makes it the ideal time to assist the development of neural brain pathways. Dr. Montessori observed that young children are in a "sensitive period" for absorbing language, both written and spoken. Early childhood classrooms at WMS are rich in oral language opportunities - listening to stories, singing, and conversing with classmates and teachers. The introduction of Montessori "sandpaper letters" associates each spoken sound with its symbol and provides tactile, auditory and visual connections that support the development of writing and reading.

Young children are also intrigued by numbers - knowing how much or how many. Montessori math materials and lessons help children begin to understand math concepts through the manipulation of sequential hands-on materials.

Science, geography, history, art and music are also integrated into both the Pre-Primary and Primary programs. They are presented with specially designed materials and opportunities for real-life experiences. Montessori materials provide a bridge from concrete, experience-based learning toward increasingly abstract thought as children approach the Elementary Program.

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