3 to 6 Years
10:1 Student: Staff Ratio; Up to 32 Students per Classroom
Dr. Maria Montessori characterized the primary child at this age as having “an absorbent mind,” soaking up knowledge automatically. As a result of this natural tendency, she felt that children learn most happily and productively through independent work in an environment that has been specially prepared to meet their developmental needs.
Our Primary program — designed for children from three to six years — offers a prepared environment abounds with activities which are attractive and interesting to children and which give them clear messages on how to succeed. Teachers design work which builds eye-hand coordination, concentration, manual dexterity and self-reliance.
Pre-reading and writing skills and basic math concepts are introduced in individual and group lessons at a pace which is developmentally appropriate for each child. Our goal is to nurture and encourage the primary child’s natural love of learning.
Our kindergarten enrichment program supplements the regular primary curriculum for our four-and-a-half through six year olds. Each afternoon is devoted to an advanced lesson in a different subject area such as history, biology, physical science or cultural geography. These kindergarten lessons are stimulating and fun and, because they are focused and structured for a group, they prepare the children for the format of an elementary program.
Students in the Primary program are excited to learn everything they can about the world around them. Also during the primary years, the body changes to become longer and leaner, and at the same time motor skills are refined. Children become more self-controlled and self-sufficient. Make-believe play and imagination blossoms. Language continues to expand. The child’s understanding of morality evolves and children begin to assert themselves socially and establish ties with peers.
We believe that children are born to learn, but what they learn depends greatly on their teachers, experiences, and environments. Students in the Primary program learn through the use of many manipulative classroom materials as well as through teacher guidance. Teachers work with a child individually and in small groups on enticing activities, and then allow each child many repetitions with that activity to master its content in depth. Activities include beginning skills in reading, writing, language expression through drawing, writing, mathematics, geography, nature studies, science, practical living skills, social skills, art, music, fitness, and Spanish.
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 necessary to complete what they start. They are free to interact socially with their peers in the classroom, in conversation, and in their play.
Through the use of carefully prepared materials and activities as well as communication with teachers and interaction with peers, children grow in personal independence, concentration, and self-motivation, while retaining their innate love of learning.
Schedules / Enrollment Options:
All Day (7:30am—6:30pm)
School Day (8am—3:30pm)
Half Day (8am—12:30pm)