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PRIMARY PROGRAM

HALF-DAY PROGRAM

Three and Four Year Olds

Children ages three to six experience an academically enriched atmosphere within a strong social community.  Older students gain self-esteem by helping younger students, while the younger children learn from their older peers.  A strong drive to learn new things is developed through seeing the accomplishments of other children. The unique ability of children this age to absorb their environment , language and culture is aided by the combination of the social structure and the academics of the Montessori classroom.

Primary children learn through the use of manipulatives as well as through teacher guidance.  The teacher works with a child individually or in a small group, and then allows the child many repetitions with that activity to master its content in depth.  Children use the Montessori materials and engage in activities specifically designed for their learning in the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial Materials, Natural Science, Geography, History, Language Skills, Art, Music, and Spanish as well as Social, Emotional and Physical Development.  

As children's self control naturally develops, they enjoy an increasing degree of freedom in the classroom. Materials and activities are readily accessible to students; they enjoy freedom of movement and the ability to choose their own purposeful activity; and they are given the time to complete what they start. 

Through the use of carefully prepared materials and activities, plus communication with teachers and interaction with peers, children grow in personal independence, concentration, self-motivation and a genuine love of learning. 

Primary teachers are AMI certified (Association Montessori Internationale).  They have an in-depth relationship with each student enabling the child to reach his/her potential.  The teachers demonstrate respect, warmth, patience and understanding at all times.

The benefits of Montessori are derived when the child completes the full three years.  Class time for Primary Half day children is from 8:45 to 12:00.  When the child reaches the age of five, he/ she generally begins attending the Full Day Primary Program.  The term full day refers to the more advanced academic work, which is available to the older and more independent children from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Primary Montessori Curriculum

  • Practical Life: Exercises having to do with care of self, the environment, and concern for others. Concentration and coordination are developed. Grace and courtesy skills are practiced.
  • Sensorial: Exercises having to do with sense discrimination, observation, and descriptive language. A clear approach fosters the continuing effort of children to categorize and organize the qualities of the world around them.
  • Language: Activities having to do with receptive and expressive language which includes drawing and writing as well. Young children learn to read by age six.  Increasing new feelings and experiences eventually broaden the range of expression.
  • Mathematics: Activities having to do with counting and number relationships, including an overview of the function of the decimal system. Careful design of materials in the mathematics area and in the sensorial area lays the groundwork for future learning in algebra and geometry.
  • Cultural: Experiences which provide children with information about geography, history, music, art science and nature study. Other areas of interest of knowledge from the hobbies, heritage or occupations of available adults are explored as well.

FULL-DAY PROGRAM

Five and Six Year Olds

Children ages three to six experience an academically enriched atmosphere within a strong social community.  Older students gain self-esteem by helping younger students, while the younger children learn from their older peers.  A strong drive to learn new things is developed through seeing the accomplishments of other children. The unique ability of children this age to absorb their environment , language and culture is aided by the combination of the social structure and the academics of the Montessori classroom.

Primary children learn through the use of manipulatives as well as through teacher guidance.  The teacher works with a child individually or in a small group, and then allows the child many repetitions with that activity to master its content in depth.  Children use the Montessori materials and engage in activities specifically designed for their learning in the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial Materials, Natural Science, Geography, History, Language Skills, Art, Music, and Spanish as well as Social, Emotional and Physical Development.  

As children's self control naturally develops, they enjoy an increasing degree of freedom in the classroom. Materials and activities are readily accessible to students; they enjoy freedom of movement and the ability to choose their own purposeful activity; and they are given the time to complete what they start. 

Through the use of carefully prepared materials and activities, plus communication with teachers and interaction with peers, children grow in personal independence, concentration, self-motivation and a genuine love of learning. 

Primary teachers are AMI certified (Association Montessori Internationale).  They have an in-depth relationship with each student enabling the child to reach his/her potential.  The teachers demonstrate respect, warmth, patience and understanding at all times.

The full benefits of Primary Montessori are derived when the child completes the whole three year cycle.  Class time for the Primary Full day student continues from 12:00 to 3:00 beginning around the time the child turns five years old. During the afternoon the children complete the more advanced academic work either independently or in a small group.  Children progress to the Lower Elementary classroom from the Primary classroom at the beginning of the following school year or they may transition at mid year, depending on their readiness  Generally, elementary children are six years of age; they have mastered many math and reading skills; and they are socially and developmentally ready.

Primary Montessori Curriculum

  • Practical Life: Exercises having to do with care of self, the environment, and concern for others. Concentration and coordination are developed. Grace and courtesy skills are practiced.
  • Sensorial: Exercises having to do with sense discrimination, observation, and descriptive language. A clear approach fosters the continuing effort of children to categorize and organize the qualities of the world around them.
  • Language: Activities having to do with receptive and expressive language which includes drawing and writing as well. Young children learn to read by age six.  Increasing new feelings and experiences eventually broaden the range of expression.
  • Mathematics: Activities having to do with counting and number relationships, including an overview of the function of the decimal system. Careful design of materials in the mathematics area and in the sensorial area lays the groundwork for future learning in algebra and geometry.
  • Cultural: Experiences which provide children with information about geography, history, music, art science and nature study. Other areas of interest of knowledge from the hobbies, heritage or occupations of available adults are explored as well.
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