Primary

It is true that we cannot make a genius. We can only give to each child the chance to fulfill his potential possibilities.

Our goal is to enable children to follow their greatest interests and to learn about their immediate world, at their own pace.   In a school where “work” is play, every area in the classroom helps to build a strong foundation for math, logic and language as well as fine arts, science and geography in your child.
In the Primary Community we work on:  

 Practical Life:

  • The exercises instill care for self, for others, and for the environment. Through the Practical Life exercises, the children gain order, coordination, concentration, independence and the will to learn more while completing purposeful daily activities. Activities include many of the tasks children see as part of the daily routine in their home, such as preparing food and washing dishes, along with exercises of grace and courtesy. They learn to work at a task from beginning to end, and develop their powers of control and concentration. Practical life may look like the children are just pouring water, but in actuality they are preparing themselves to dive into Math and Reading, with success.

Sensorial:

  • Children build cognitive skills, and learn to order and classify impressions by touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, listening, and exploring the physical properties of their environment. All of the child's senses are enhanced and sharpened through the exposure to the Sensorial materials. It is through the isolation of each sense and the work with the Montessori materials that this is made possible.  Sensorial work prepares the senses and entices the children into Math and Language, with a greater understanding of the vastness of their possibilities.  

Language Development:

  • is vital to human development. Throughout the classroom language is heard and expressed constantly. The Montessori environment is rich in oral language opportunities, allowing the child to experience conversations, stories and poetry. The sandpaper letters and moveable alphabet help children link sound and symbol effortlessly, encouraging the development of written expression and reading skills.  

Sounds are mastered individually and in phonograms, before word building occurs.  Children build words and write stories in preparation for reading. Language is introduced to all of the children starting at age 3 through Kindergarten.  Reading and writing happens while the kids play, and they learn to read, "All by Myself!!!" 

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Math:

  • The curriculum is filled with activities that motivate children to learn and understand the concepts of math by manipulating concrete materials such as the Golden beads and the counting rods. In Montessori, the children work from the visual to intellectual, from the concrete to the abstract. They begin by handling and manipulating "real qualities" in different ways until the abstraction is reached.  This work gives children a solid understanding of basic mathematical principles, prepares them for later abstract reasoning, and helps to develop problem-solving capabilities. Children are challenged in Math and realized that, through the use of the Montessori Math Materials every math problem is a problem they are able to solve!!!  

Geography; Biology; Botany; Zoology:

  • Presented as extensions of the sensorial and language activities, children learn about people and cultures in other countries with an attitude of respect and admiration. Through familiarity, children come to feel connected to the global human family. Lessons and experiences with nature inspire a reverence for all life. As Explorers and Scientists students enjoy In School “adventures” and field trips, tangible experiences that leave a greater impact on your child.

Fine Arts, Music and Drama:

  • Visiting artists, musicians and storytellers will introduce your children to various genres of art, art history, music and theatre arts.  The arts are a permanent component in the classroom where the children can create and explore art, song, dance and theatre in innovative and unique ways. 

Foreign Language Immersion:

Over 60% of knowledge is learned before the age of 6. Learning to walk, eat, throw a ball, and most incredibly, the mastery of an entire language. Not through the use of textbooks and lesson plans, but through the absorption of their environment and social experiences.  In keeping with this proven fact, we introduce foreign language in everyday experiences throughout the classroom allowing the children to absorb the language, without conscious thought.

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