The Montessori Primary curriculum is designed help your child develop mastery of self and environment, and gain social awareness which is essential for success in school and in life. Academic subjects are introduced through concrete, manipulative materials which utilize all five senses and lay the ground work for future abstract thinking.
The Primary teacher provides a sequence of lessons and activities which naturally engage and challenge the young child. These lessons span five areas of learning, including:
- Practical life and social skills
- Sensorial exploration
- Cultural studies (including music and art, science and botany, history and geography)
Practical Life & Social Skills
Practical living activities prepare your young child to care for themselves and their environment while gaining a sense of personal mastery and self-confidence. Performing such tasks as sweeping, polishing and washing, children develop coordination of movement, concentration, and the ability to follow a task through to completion. Beginning with practical and social skills to build independence and self-esteem, children learn to keep track of their belongings, to care for their environment, and to treat others with grace and respect.
Scientifically developed Montessori materials are designed to heighten your child’s senses, thus allowing them to more deeply internalize, understand and classify their environment. Through distinguishing, categorizing and comparing concrete concepts such as shape, dimension and color, your child will develop a foundation for understanding the abstract.
Your child will learn about people and cultures throughout the world through exploring their geographic region and topography, history, food, music, artifacts, holiday celebrations and other cultural observations.
Your child will learn basic mathematical functions and operations by using manipulative materials such as rods, beads, sandpaper numerals, cards and counters, which give concrete form to the abstraction of numbers. The Montessori materials are self-correcting, thus allowing your child to learn to solve mathematical problems based upon a real experience of the concept.
The Montessori approach to language begins with the enrichment and building of new vocabulary through individual and small group language lessons. Simultaneously, your three year old will begin using simple sandpaper letterforms and alphabet cutouts to learn the sounds of letters and the ways they can connect to form simple phonetic words and, later, sentences and stories. Concurrently, your child will develop the small muscle coordination necessary to master writing, through the exercises of practical life and sensorial.
Although the greatest part of each morning is devoted to individual lessons and work, your child will also enjoy daily group activities such as singing, storytelling and outdoor play. Listening and speaking skills are emphasized as the children are introduced to cultural explorations which include basic Spanish conversation, counting and songs.
Extended Day Program (ages 5- 6)
The extended day program is for primary students ages 5 and older who are ready for a longer school day beyond 1:00. Once a child is 5 years old, they are required to stay for extended day until 3:00pm.