Although the entrance age
varies in individual schools, a child can usually enter a Montessori
classroom between the ages of two and one half and four, depending
on when he can be happy and comfortable in a classroom situation.
He will begin with the simplest exercises based on activities which
all children enjoy. The equipment which he uses at three and four
will help him to develop the concentration, coordination and working
habits necessary for the more advanced exercises he will perform at
five and six.
The entire programme of learning is purposefully
structured. Therefore, optimum results cannot be expected either
for a child who misses the early years of the cycle, or for one who
is withdrawn before he finishes the basic materials described here.
Parents should understand that a Montessori
school is neither a baby-sitting service nor a play school that
prepares a child for traditional kindergarten.
Rather, it is a
unique cycle of learning designed to take advantage of the child’s
sensitive years between three and six, when he can absorb
information from an enriched environment.
A child who acquires the
basic skills of reading and arithmetic in this natural way has the
advantage of beginning his education without drudgery, boredom or
By pursuing his individual interests in a
Montessori classroom, he gains an early enthusiasm for learning,
which is the key to his becoming a truly educated person.
Leaflet No. 1 from Portfolio
Parents’ Guide to the Montessori Classroom” By Aline D Wolf
Copyright Penn-Mont Academy 1968, 1969. Copyright Aline D. Wolf