Primary classroom has an atmosphere of calm, order, and joy, as children ages 3-6 learn together while being guided by a trained directress.
This prepared environment is child-sized and includes uniquely designed materials that have been carefully chosen to foster developmental growth and individual exploration. Each material encourages purposeful activity that appeals to the children’s tendencies toward order, exploration, repetition, and communication.
The activities in the Primary Program fall into four major areas: practical life, sensorial, language, and mathematics. Our integrated curriculum also includes music, art, science, geography, gardening, animal care, and physical education.
The practical life area offers materials which enhance the development of task organization and cognitive order through care of self, care of the environment, exercises of grace and courtesy, and coordination of physical movement.
The sensorial area offers materials that enable children to order, classify, and describe sensory impressions in relation to length, width, temperature, mass, color, pitch, etc.
Mathematics makes use of manipulative materials that enable children to internalize concepts of number, quantity, symbol, sequence, operations, and memorization of basic facts.
The language area includes materials created to encourage oral language development, written expression, and reading as well as the study of grammar, creative dramatics, and literature. Basic skills in writing and reading are developed through the use of sandpaper letters, movable alphabet, and various presentations allowing children to link sounds and letter symbols effortlessly and to express their thoughts through writing.
Cultural activities expose children to the basics in geography, history, and life sciences.
Children learn to work at a task from beginning to end as they develop motivation, self- discipline, independence, and a capacity for concentration. As older students grow in self-confidence, they have a natural desire to take on more academic challenges and assume leadership roles.
Respect for others, grace, and courtesy develop naturally as children grow within the Montessori environment.