The Primary Experience
Our beautifully prepared environment embodies each element of Maria Montessori’s revolutionary approach.
Natural lighting, soft colors, and uncluttered spaces.
Learning materials are displayed on accessible shelves, fostering independence as children go about their work. There is a place for everything and everything is in its place, conveying a sense of harmony and order that both comforts and inspires. In our environment, you won’t find the customary rows of school desks; children work at tables or on the floor, rolling out mats on which to work and define their work space.
Dr. Maria Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another person. They must do it by themself, or it will never be done. She believed that the goal of early childhood education should not be to fill the child with facts but rather to cultivate the child’s own natural desire to learn. In the Montessori classroom, this objective is approached in two ways; first by allowing each child to experience the excitement of learning by their own choice rather than by being forced; and second, by helping the child perfect their natural tools for learning so that the child’s abilities will be maximized for future learning situations. The outcome a is well-rounded and happy child, whose balanced development has been supported by responsive, individualized attention, and who interacts positively with the environment, copes with frustrations, and learns easily.
The Primary curriculum is divided into five areas of focus: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, and Cultural Studies. The program includes purposefully designed materials that are often multi-dimensional, that is they involve several skills. Younger children are primarily given individual lessons while older children participate in small group lessons. Each day there is a time when the whole community comes together as a group for stories, songs, or discussions. Table scrubbing, for example, involves logical sequencing, memory recall, fine and large motor coordination, and eye-tracking in preparation for reading. On any given morning in a Primary classroom, you will find children engaged in various activities such as baking, arranging flowers, painting, labeling parts of a plant or animal, sewing, doing math operations with beads, or playing the bells. The community includes an AMI trained guide, a morning assistant, and two afternoon assistants.
Our primary program operates on a 5 day program:
5-day (Extended): Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 6:00pm
5-day (Full Day): Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 3:15 pm
The community includes an AMI trained guide, a morning assistant, and two afternoon assistants.
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