Primary (3 to 6 years)

“The education of a very small child does not aim at preparing him for school but for life” – Dr. Maria Montessori

The Primary classroom is an atmosphere of calm, order and joy, as children ages 3 through 6 learn together. The younger children are guided by the teacher and by observing and working with older students.  The older children learn leadership and compassion in this mixed-aged setting.

The activities in the Primary Program fall into four major areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language and Mathematics. Music, art, science, geography, gardening and physical education are also part of the daily curriculum. Children learn to work at a task from beginning to end and develop their self-discipline and the capacity for deep concentration. Respect for others and good manners develop naturally as the children grow within the Montessori environment.

 

 “The education of a very small child does not aim at preparing him for school but for life” – Dr. Maria Montessori

When the Morning Primary student shows academic and emotional readiness, and after discussion with their parents, he or she is invited to stay for the full day. This invitation is viewed as a great honor, and this privilege helps further the remarkable transformation that occurs as the Montessori child becomes a productive and contributing citizen.

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.