A special place for children ages 3 through 6 (Kindergarten)
From birth to 6 years of age, the child is absorbing everything directly from the surrounding environment, much like a sponge absorbs liquid. It is during this phase that many language and motor skills are acquired and the child reaches a point in which repetition and manipulation of materials in the environment are critical to the development of concentration, coordination, independence, and a sense of order. The child learns skills for everyday living, sorting, grading, classifying—all of which lead to the development of writing, reading, and a mathematical mind.
The beautifully prepared Primary rooms include materials that we know are inviting to children between the ages of 3 and 6.
The children work purposefully with a variety of activities.
Children develop social, emotional, and academic skills.
There are mixed ages in the Primary classrooms, allowing children to learn from each other . . .
. . . and have many opportunities to develop leadership skills.
The children learn how to be kind, respectful, and helpful to each other.
Lessons are presented individually to the children.
Though guided by the adult, the children choose their “work” based on individual interests and inner drives.
The children form good work habits as they take the materials from the shelf to a table or rug, complete each task, and then put away all the materials before beginning another activity.
The youngest, especially, are drawn to activities that allow them to take care of the classroom or themselves—by cleaning the mirror . . .
Preparing snack . . .
Arranging flowers, buttoning, polishing shoes, washing dishes, sewing . . .
Children develop coordination and lengthen their concentration spans. They learn to pay attention to details as they follow a regular sequence of actions.
Children learn through their senses. There are materials which give them information about the impressions given by the senses.
Dr. Montessori designed concrete materials to represent numbers and the decimal system.
Children learn the phonetic sounds of the letters of the alphabet as their hands learn the shape of each letter.
They eventually put sounds together to write and then to read.
Our children love playing and working outside!
Children stay in the Primary class through their “kindergarten” year, building upon the foundation laid during the first two years.
During the final year in Primary, they experience a blossoming—when everything that they have experienced in the first two (or three) years becomes internalized and reinforced.
After they complete their time in the Primary room, the children leave with a strong foundation in academic skills and, more importantly, a deep-seated love of learning.