Primary (ages 3 - 6)

Hours:

all students attend 5 mornings/week

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM — 3 and 4 year old students
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM — Kindergarten students

Philosophy

Our Primary Program applies the teachings of pioneer educator Dr. Maria Montessori. She believed that children are uniquely eager to learn during their first six years of life, and that they have the ability to learn as naturally and eagerly as they learn to walk and talk if encouraged in an appropriate setting. Our classrooms provide this "prepared environment" in which children are free to explore and learn at their own pace. Each classroom has a full component of Montessori materials. The teacher acts as a guide to the classroom, recognizing periods of readiness, introducing new materials, and demonstrating how to use them.

The multi-aged classroom is a major component of the Montessori philosophy. The three-year age span allows younger children to see possibilities for future development and gives the older children a clear sense of the progress they have made. There is no artificial division of the ages so a child of 3 may do the same work as a 4 or 5 year old depending on each one's interest and ability. The program comes to full fruition in the Kindergarten year when all of the previous lessons and experiences come together in a meaningful whole, and the Kindergarteners have the opportunity to mentor the younger children.