How will my child transition from MSOSV to a traditional learning environment for elementary?
MSOSV recommends the following elementary programs:
A question regarding this transition may be, ‘How will my child adjust?’ Parents may ask just that when they need to decide where their child will be continuing their educational journey after years within a Montessori learning environment. Whether it is transitioning from a Montessori preschool to a public kindergarten, or the transition happens later, maybe after 3rd or 5th grade, this same question raises concerns for many parents.
Most parents’ concerns are focused on two primary areas: academics and socialization. Some children may be bored at first and ready to move onto the next concept before the rest of the class. Everyone in the class doing the same thing at the same time is a new concept and unlike Montessori work, and it definitely requires adjustment for Montessori children.
A longitudinal research study supported by AMI was conducted on 400 students in Milwaukee. Click here to see the study for your reference.
The kindergarten students are wrapping up the first “plane of development”.
Children between the ages of 0 through 6 are in the “discovery” mode. They are driven as if my an internals force to interact with the environment and absorb all the information. They touch everything. This is a naturally self-centered time because little children have an immense task to focus on: building the foundation for life.
As kindergarten graduates, they are now entering the next “plane of development”.
Around age 6 or so, we see some striking changes occur: Their bodies begin to change, they no longer become sick as often, their baby teeth are replaced with adult teeth etc. These 6-year-olds begin to reason about and want to understand why does the earth go around the sun, what is right and what is wrong for example. Friend groups emerge and become very important.
In school, students in the second plane begin to work collaboratively and ask “why”. They seek to understand.
As MSOSV kindergarten graduates, these students are ready for this change. The change in environment, working together on group projects, the solving of problems and of course beginning to understand how they fit in socially. This step is very natural moving from MSOSV to a traditional elementary school.
If you missed any of the previous Kindergarten posts, you can find them here!