The Prep-1 level is a significant stage in children’s transition to the intellectual and responsible demands of the Elementary level. For the 5-6 year old children, this is the time to internalize and reinforce their knowledge gained at the preschool level. This includes increasing their sight reading vocabulary, working on writing consonant-vowel-consonant words, and gaining confidence with 2 digit numbers in comparing, adding and subtracting. This is also a time where as their personalities begin to take shape with their expression, their confidence is encouraged with many opportunities to address the classroom group and share or respond to stories, knowledge and experiences with the rest of the class.
They will also spend time refining fine motor skills, through art projects, practical life skills such as dressing themselves, and practicing their writing scheme (left to right, top to bottom). It is in this level where the emphasis placed on understanding rather than simply working, and enthusiasm for school and learning begin to reveal themselves through the children’s academic progress in the Montessori system.