The Montessori primary classroom is a mixed-age, child-oriented community that encompasses the preschool and kindergarten years. It is a ‘prepared environment’ that is designed to facilitate maximum independent learning and exploration by the child. The primary classroom fosters a strong sense of responsibility and community, which can be seen as children work harmoniously within the same space.
The classroom is divided into four distinct areas: practical life, sensorial, mathematics, and language. By carrying out practical life exercises, the children learn care of person, care of the environment, development of social relations, and coordination.
In the sensorial area, the children discover the world through the development of their senses. As they learn to judge different sizes, shapes, colors, sounds, and texture, the children are also developing a foundation for language and mathematics.
As the children progress, their language skills increase and they begin to move from the spoken to the written words, where they learn how to read and write. Similarly, in mathematics, the children begin moving from concrete to abstract thinking.
After turning five, children are expected to attend for a full day. The extended day is a vital part of the Montessori experience, as the children are getting ready for spontaneous activity in reading, writing, and math. This is a pivotal year when the child begins to unfold as a young leader, a beginning reader and a budding mathematician.
PRIMARY CLASS (Ages 3– 6 years)
Monday through Friday
- Primary Half Day Program 8:30 – 11:30 am
This program allows Primary age children to experience an authentic Montessori environment that is specifically prepared to meet their needs in different areas of development: socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. The children enjoy a three hour uninterrupted cycle of activity in a classroom that encourages independence and a life-long love of learning.
- Primary Extended Day Program 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
This program is for the Primary child who needs an environment that will provide not only a morning session and lunch, but an afternoon session as well. The children in this program, who are not five years old, have a rest period immediately after lunch before returning to their afternoon cycle of activity. Any child who is in their kindergarten year is required to stay for the full day program.