A Peek Into a Montessori Preschool

Even for parents who already have children in a Montessori preschool in Corona, what happens within the classroom walls is a bit of a mystery. Even if you ask your preschooler what they do during the day, chances are they aren’t going to tell you a whole lot. This can be frustrating when you’re trying to figure out if you’re getting what you paid for and whether your child is happy. To that end, here is a brief overview of some common Montessori works and what they’re teaching your children. Above all, you know your child is happy if they are excited to go to school in the morning and if they are using new skills at home. The Water-Fetching Work Some of the most basic works in the Montessori classroom are water fetching, spooning, and basting. When children in a Montessori classroom decide they’re thirsty, there’s no miniature water fountain waiting for them. In a Montessori classroom, children get out their own cup, place it at the table, retrieve a small pitcher, take it to the sink, fill it with water, return to their cup and use the pitcher to fill it. Once they have filled their cup, they return the pitcher to its spot, obtain a towel, dry any spills, and then may finally drink. The process is exactly what an adult goes through when they want a drink and teaches children independence, coordination, control, and a respect for order. The Spooning Work Spooning is another basic work and is often one of the first to which children are introduced. In this work, the child goes to the shelf and retrieves a tray containing two small containers (one of which is full of small objects) and a spoon. Once the child has returned to their seat, they remove the containers from the tray and begin spooning the objects, one at a time, into the other container. The usefulness of this skill is quite obvious, especially for those toddlers who are just learning to feed themselves. Again, the aims of this work are to help the child develop independence, respect for order, control, coordination, and concentration. You will find that almost all of the beginning Montessori works share these same direct aims because these are the skills that children are developing at this age. The Basting Work Water works are an incredibly important part of the Montessori curriculum. The reason for this is that children are inherently attracted to water. This means that even timid children will put their fears aside when presented with a chance to interact with water. Basting is one of the most basic water works and helps children learn how to clean up spills. In this work, the child retrieves from the shelf a tray containing two cups, a baster, and a small sponge. Depending on the classroom, one of the cups may already contain colored water or the student will ask for it. Once seated, the child will use the baster to move water from one cup to the other. While it may sound easy, you would be surprised at the amount at coordination required for squeezing and releasing the baster at the correct times. The direct aims of this work are the same as the ones in the other two “works.” A Cumulative Effect When it comes to the “direct aims” mentioned in each one of the previous paragraphs, it is important to know that, as the difficulty of the works increases, so do each one of these aims. In many cases, very young children just beginning a Montessori preschool in Corona will be unable to complete even these simple works but, in a matter of months, they will already be on to more difficult ones.