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Fee-based Preschool Program

Preschool Curriculum

Integrating Educational Models: Dual Language, Montessori

Hawaiian Culture
Montessori curriculum rests upon a philosophy that respects the unique individuality of each keiki. Dr. Montessori believed in the worthiness, value and importance of children. It springs from an approach to education that takes to heart the needs, talents, gifts, and special individuality of each keiki. It is a process that helps children learn naturally. The main goal of Montessori is to promote the joy of learning. This joy of learning develops a well-adjusted person who has a purpose and direction in his or her life. Children, who experience the joy of learning, are happy, confident, fulfilled children. In essence, Montessori helps bring forth the gift of each keiki. In a Montessori school is central question is NOT, “How smart is your child?” Instead it is, “How is your child smart?” We uncover your child’s unique gifts and build upon them.

Another important skill it teaches is self-reliance and independence. It helps a keiki to become independent by teaching him or her life skills, which is called practical life. Montessori children learn to dress themselves, help cook, put their toys and clothes away and take an active part of their household, neighborhood and school.

Montessori works in a methodical way. Each step in the process leads to the next level of learning. When a keiki plays, he or she is learning concepts for abstract learning. Repetition of activities is an integral part of this learning process.

For young children Montessori is a hands-on approach to learning. It encourages children to develop their observation skills by doing many types of activities. These activities include use of the five senses, kinetic movement, spatial refinement, small and large motor skill coordination and concrete knowledge that leads to later abstraction.