Third Year of Montessori Work Cycle & Testimonials

Why is the third year of Montessori Work Cycle Important?

The Full Day Kindergarten Program (for 5 year-old children)

Children typically stay in a Primary (2.5-5) classroom for two to three years, depending on the age they enter. The Primary classroom prepares them for a first-grade environment, and the oldest children at the Primary level are included in Full Day Kindergarten. The most important part of this program is having the children finish the natural curriculum of the Primary classroom and prepare for their elementary years ahead.
It is also the case that the Kindergarten children will have the majority of the Primary Teacher’s attention for lessons in the afternoons and may have additional responsibilities in the classroom as well. Many Montessori students often have developed academic skills that may be beyond other children in different program. However, academic progress is not our ultimate goal in Monarch Montessori School. Our real hope is that the children will have an incredible sense of self-confidence, enthusiasm for learning, and will feel closely bonded to their teachers and classmates. We want much more than competency in the basic skills; we want them to honestly enjoy school and feel good about themselves as students. 

Once children have developed a high degree of self-confidence, independence, and enthusiasm for the learning process, they normally can adapt to all sorts of new situations. While there is wonderful and exciting reasoning to carefully consider keeping a child in Montessori through elementary school and beyond, by the time they are first grade they will typically be able to go off to their new school with not only a vibrant curiosity and excitement about making new friends and learning new things.

“The three-year Montessori program at Monarch Montessori was well above our expectations of traditional Montessori education. Our son began when he was almost three years old and finished the kindergarten program at age 6. Because of the 
   foundation that he got at such a young age in an environment that was so conducive to exploratory learning, when he entered grade one in school, his work was well above his grade level in his areas of interest. Monarch Montessori functions well 
   as a three-year program because the momentum that is achieved in the first two years, through the specialized Montessori learning tools and the guidance of the teachers, continues to build throughout the final year. Our son genuinely loves this 
   school, we highly recommend this program to our friends”

- Dr. R. Trott

“This is the best Montessori program in Vancouver. Our son loved his time there and we count ourselves extremely lucky to have been part of Monarch. Grace Chou is a visionary of modern Montessori education. Her passion for education can be clearly seen in the details of the curriculum. The school was outfitted with the full line of quality Montessori learning tools and furnishings, provided bright, dedicated, and engaging teachers, and supplemented the traditional Montessori education with daily enrichment programs. In addition, the school took every opportunity to support the community by buying local products for their events, organizing community clean up, and supporting local businesses for their optional healthy hot lunch. The school is a bright shining light in our community, and we wish there were more schools like this.”

- M. kubacki, Architect AIBC and the mom of a very happy young learner

“…Kindergarten students set good examples to him. He was eager to be a kindergarten student when he was turning 5. That is great benefit from multi-age environment of Montessori School. He developed further in being confident, independent, active learning after he moved to Kindergarten. Except the traditional Montessori materials, our school also designs the curriculum carefully. Eric enjoys his studying in math, reading, French, music, etc….”

By Y. L.

“The first thing we have noticed after our son started in the kindergarten program in Monarch is how patient and enthusiastic the teachers/guides are, and how much our son loves them…. our son has been given a lot of responsibilities by the teachers, and those have certainly helped him to grow into a more independent individual with leadership…. He has been excelling in math, and the teacher has been making him agendas and study plan accordingly to make sure our son is constantly motivated with appropriate level of challenges…. we recommend Monarch to parents that are searching for a Montessori Kindergarten school. With great confidence in the school and its teachers, we believe that both the parents and their children will have a wonderful time there.” 

By D. K.