The Primary program is designed for children as young as 3 years through kindergarten (age 6). Because the Primary curriculum is a 3 year program, we do not accept children into the program who are over the age of four unless they have previously been in another accredited Montessori program. This is solely for the best opportunity and success of each child. In order to be enrolled in the Primary program, the child must be fully toilet-trained.
There exists a very important social aspect in the Primary Montessori community which exists largely because of the mixed age group and the emphasis on respect, responsibility, and community. Because the learning is individualized, your child can work at his or her own pace while participating in a mixed age classroom environment. Younger children learn from the activities of the older children and benefit from example, while older children gain the self-confidence that comes with responsibility and leadership.
The primary curriculum is broken down into several major areas (Montessori Primary Program):
1. Practical Life
These exercises develop skills in caring for oneself, for others, and for the environment. The activities include many of the tasks children see as part of the daily routine in their homes as well as lessons on social etiquette. A main purpose of these activities is to aid the child in his development of muscular coordination, skills of independence, concentration and focus, and following a logical sequence of steps.
These exercises promote the development of the senses. Children develop cognitive skills by learning to order and classify their impressions through activities in touch, sight, taste, smell, listening, and exploring the physical properties of their environment.
These exercises build skills in analyzing sounds in a word, discriminating sounds, preparing the hand for writing, developing written and verbal expression, laying a foundation in phonetic skills to prepare the child for “total” reading, exploration of grammar concepts, creative writing, basic research, and much more.
Montessori math activities help children learn and understand abstract mathematical concepts through the use of concrete, manipulative materials. Children gain a solid foundation in mathematical principles, preparing them for abstract reasoning, and helping them to develop problem solving skills.
Additionally, the children are introduced to Classification and Zoology, Geography, History, Botany, Physical Science, Music, Art, Physical Education, Gardening, Cooking, and much more!