Most parents and educators share a goal that early childhood education prepare children for later academic achievement. However, increasing national and international focus on standardized testing and assessment of identified academic skills, ignores the evidence that emotional development, which begins early in life, is closely connected with the emergence of cognitive, language, and social skills. Mildenhall Montessori Schools maintain that social and emotional development is primary to equip our students to be adaptable, flexible, and self-directed learners. Successful interactions with other people are founded in social emotional skills such as patience, tolerance, empathy, courtesy, and appreciation of differences. As a function of our individual and small group lessons and mixed age groups, our students learn effective collaboration, peer learning, and leadership all from a foundation of positive regard and respect

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