Ten Reasons for a Third Year at The Children's House

Montessori Children's House of Nantucket | Nantucket, MA

  1. The oldest students learn that with their Third Year status comes both privilege and responsibility, something in which they take great pride.  The third year program inspires children to challenge themselves and to act as responsible community members.
  2. As a Third Year student, your child has many opportunities to teach younger children lessons that he learned when he was their age.  Research shows that this experience has powerful benefits.
  3. The third year is the time when many of the earlier lessons come together and become a permanent part of the young child’s understanding.
  4. Having spent two years together, your child’s teachers know her very well.  They know how to facilitate her learning and guide her toward work that will contribute to her development. Additionally, your child already knows many of her classmates and is comfortable in the safe, supportive classroom setting of Children’s House.
  5. Your child can continue to learn and grow at his own pace through hands-on exploration, freedom of choice, research, and investigation. Also, Montessori education is child-centered and allows for a range of learning styles.
  6. In the third year, the program continues to emphasize academic, social, and emotional development.
  7. Third Year students are guided to challenging work in each area on a regular basis. This “special work” is both meaningful and challenging, and is often recorded in one of the journals.
  8. Third Year students are given two journals, one for story writing and one for copy writing.  Here, the learning and development that occurs throughout the year is recorded and preserved.
  9. Art Appreciation with Jenny Gammill provides an additional opportunity for Third Year students to experience in-depth, specific instruction on artistic styles, mediums, and principles.
  10. Your child will continue to cultivate a sense of wonder, love of learning, and care for his/her community in the enticing Montessori environment!

Maria Montessori

"Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future."

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