How does Sunrise Montessori prepare my child with Kindergarten readiness skills?

Kindergarten requires different skill sets, kindergarten readiness skills, to be mastered before the first day of school. Sunrise Montessori is aware of these requirements and wants to make sure our parents do, too. Below are sets of kindergarten readiness standards, traits and behaviors our students work on every day at Sunrise. The future success of our students – preparing them for elementary school – is one of our main objectives!

Sunrise students practice and hone different social and academic skills, which include:

  • Concentration
  • Independence
  • obedience
  • social development
  • gross and fine motor control
  • self-motivation
  • grace and courtesy
  • auditory comprehension
  • self-confidence
  • sense of order
  • sense of responsibility
  • coordination
  • cooperation with adults and peers
  • organization
  • following rules
  • initiative
  • helping others
  • has sense of justice
  • love of learning and working
  • can work alone
  • self-discipline
  • joy
  • creativity
  • listens without interrupting
  • follows classroom rules
  • follows directions
  • cleans up their own work
  • can sit quietly in a group setting for at least ten minutes
  • can line up with their class

Montessori is an approach to working with children that is carefully based on children’s cognitive, neurological and emotional development from several decades of research. Although sometimes misunderstood, the Montessori approach has been acclaimed as the most developmentally appropriate model currently available by some of America’s top experts on early childhood and elementary education. One important difference between what Montessori offers has to do with how it helps the young child to learn how to learn.

Over recent years educational research has increasingly shown that students in many schools don’t really understand most of what they are being taught. Montessori is focused on teaching for understanding. At Sunrise Montessori, three-year-olds receive the benefit of two years of sensorial preparation for academic skills by working with the concrete Montessori learning materials. This concrete sensorial experience gradually allows the child to form a mental picture of concepts like how big is a thousand, how many hundreds make up a thousand, and what is really going on when we borrow or carry numbers in mathematical operations.

The value of the sensorial experiences that the younger children have had in Montessori have often been underestimated by both parents and educators. Research is very clear that young children learn by observing and manipulating their environment, not through textbooks and workbook exercises like traditional preschools use. The Montessori materials give the child concrete sensorial impression of abstract concepts, such as multiplication, that become the foundation for a lifetime of understanding.