Primary

Three Years to Six Years

Intellectual and social development flourish in this multiage, three-year cycle.

Children ages three to six experience an academically enriched atmosphere embedded in a well-ordered social community. Older students gain self-esteem by aiding younger students, while the younger children learn from their older peers. The combination of defined social structure and intellectual atmosphere is propelled by the unique ability of children this age to absorb their environment, language, and culture.

Children 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 and writing; mathematics; geography; nature studies; science; practical living skills; social skills; art; music; creative movement; Spanish; and optional piano and Suzuki violin.

Through the use of carefully prepared materials and activities, plus communication with teachers and interaction with peers, children grow in personal independence, concentration, self-motivation, and develop a genuine love of learning.

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.

Primary teachers are certified by the American Montessori Society as experts in early childhood development. They have an in-depth relationship with each child that allows them to tailor their teaching style, expectations, and approach in order to maximize the realization of each child’s potential. They demonstrate respect at all times, and interact with genuine warmth, patience, and understanding.

Primary Admission Process