Grand Jardin or Primary Program
Le Grand Jardin, Primary or preschool classroom allows the preschoolers to learn and thrive on their own experiences. The room is outfitted with child-sized tables and chairs arranged in small clusters. The Preschool materials are placed on child-height shelves throughout. The activities are initially presented by the teacher and maybe chosen freely by the children as their interest dictates. Our program includes activities for engaging in practical skills, materials for the development of senses, math, language, music, and art materials. In our multi-age grouping, we encourage peer collaboration and assistance which can help the children achieve their potential, increase their confidence and self-esteem.
The preschool classroom is designed for the children’s most sensitive years (between 3 and 6), so they can absorb their information from an enriched environment. According to Maria Montessori, “No human educates another human being. He must do it himself or it will never be done.” The goal of a classroom at BMSS is not to fill the child with textbook facts, but rather to cultivate his own natural desire to learn. Our goal is to create the proper environment for the children to experience the enthusiasm of learning by making their own choices, and to help the primary students cultivate their own natural desire to learn.
The Bilingual Montessori School of Sharon offers a unique cycle of learning intended to take advantage of the children’s sensitive years. This is a perfect age, three to six, where the children can absorb essential information from our enriched environment. The children in the primary or preschool classroom have the opportunity to repeat as they wish practical life exercises which develop their coordination and physical independence. During the preschool or primary years, when the children acquire the basic skills of reading and arithmetic in a natural way, they have the advantage of beginning their education without drudgery, boredom, and discouragement. By taking advantage of such attractively presented materials, the children are able to pursue their individual interests in the classroom and increase their desire to learn. Such a prepared environment is the key for the children to become truly educated individuals.