(3-6 years old)
The Primary classroom offers children precision, exactness, and order through manipulation of materials. Preparation of the mathematical mind is crucial to further development of intellectual pursuits. Using concrete materials, we introduce abstract forms and calculations. Each particular quality of an abstract idea can be presented in isolation.
We support the natural drive for independence by encouraging children to choose activities of interest, without interruption. The resulting feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction engender respect from the children towards others.
The mixed-age grouping serves to promote independence in younger children and cement learning and leadership skills in older children. Children spend their Kindergarten year (third of the three year cycle) mentoring first and second year students, acting as a role model both socially and academically.
First and second year students are drawn to their more senior friends. This allows them to receive guidance and support throughout the day, creating a cohesive and collaborative learning environment.
In our Primary program, we carefully teach children how to care for their own needs and provide opportunities to improve by practice. The Montessori classroom is uniquely structured to provide constant exposure to exercises in self-efficacy through:
At the Academy, the classroom is treated as a community. Children are guided to solve every problem that arises with independence and creativity. They work together to resolve conflicts, clean up spills, organize workspace, and care for their environment. In the third year of the Primary program, your child will fulfill the culmination of this community experience and act as a seasoned mentor.
The art of being a Montessori teacher is in finding an activity that combines both interest and the right challenge level – not too hard and not too easy. Each lesson is presented to children based on their unique potential and current level of development. This allows children to remain deeply engaged, thus increasing their ability to focus.
The Montessori curriculum is all-encompassing, designed specifically to engage the child’s whole being. Because the child learns by doing, the brain is actively forming connections based on first-hand experiences and initiative. Dr. Montessori’s awareness of brain function and sensitive periods are integrated into the Montessori materials, to build on your child’s natural interest in:
Morning community time is an integral part of the three-hour Montessori work cycle. Children gather with their teachers in the center of the classroom for music, lively discussions, and sharing. Montessori schools also incorporate an outdoor playground for large motor activity and play.
Each of our Primary teachers is certified by the American Montessori Society (AMS). This training provides our teachers the ability to guide a classroom of 28-32 children according to the standards set forth by Dr. Montessori. Assistants are available to help children if needed, without interfering with a child’s concentration.
Montessori is a continuum of education that allows your child to build upon his/her experiences each year.
First year curriculum focuses on:
The second year curriculum includes:
Third year curriculum
The third year will focus on culminating your child’s experience. Reading, writing, and mathematical understanding will blossom from the many seeds that were planted in the previous two years.
Your child will leave the Primary program an articulate speaker and writer, able to express thoughts and ideas in well-formed sentences with careful handwriting. In addition, your child experiences a culmination of receptive language skills, becoming a confident reader and conscientious listener.
Primary level students are exposed to a variety of activities throughout their time at the Academy both as enrichments and extracurricular activities.
These activities aim to supplement the strong Montessori academic programs operating within each classroom. Programs include:
Our Primary classrooms attend one field trip each month. Traditional field trips have included visits to: nature conservatories, farms, plays, art and history museums, and historical and cultural sites around the city and surrounding suburbs.