"We help" develops a social consciousness among the children. The children's first responsibility is to help themselves. Helping themselves, students become independent as they go about the day navigating their world. When children help their friends they experience a sense of empathy, competence, and esteem. By helping their school they learn to take care of their environment, which provides them with a sense of ownership, pride, and responsibility. By learning to help their friends and their environment the children come to realize they are in fact helping themselves.
We don't hurt.
Conversely, all of the rules emerge from "we help." In order to help we can't hurt; ourselves, our friends, or our environment. A logical code of behavior helps the children to develop a moral framework for their actions. They learn to ask themselves how each behavior relates to this simple statement so their choices have predictable results. When each of the ground rules is explained in this context, children understand that rules are made to help keep everyone safe.
By learning at an early age to respect themselves, their friends, and their environment children lay a foundation for becoming responsible citizens of the future.
A Balance of Individual and Group Activities
As Victoria's teaching certificate is in the methods of traditional kindergarten, she balances the independent learning of Montessori with the group learning of traditional kindergarten. Her experience and training help to socialize the children to group learning activities. We feel that balancing independent Montessori exploration with traditional kindergarten's social learning affords our students the best of both educational models. We feel a preschool's central duty is to ensure a successful transition into the child's next school.