Dr Montessori’s Primary Program is for the children age 3 – 6 (PreK3, PreK4, and Kindergarten). Our multi-age early childhood classroom is designed to meet every child educational, physical and social-emotional goals.
Dr. M. Montessori believed that the goal of early childhood education should not be to fill the child with facts, from a pre-selected course of study, but rather, to cultivate and nurture the child’s natural desire to learn. In our Montessori Primary clasroom this objective approached in two ways:
In this mixed-age environment children spend three years in the same classroom getting to know each other and their teachers well. The continuity of returning to the same room each year makes for a strong classroom community, for children and parents alike.
Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952) developed a philosophy of education, which helps children to develop and learn naturally, through spontaneous, self-directed activities. Dr. Montessori referred to the first stage in human development (birth to age 6) as the time of the absorbent mind. They are exposed to a variety of materials for sensory learning and experiences. The child uses all five senses – touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing – to understand and absorb information about his or her environment. Dr. Montessori also recognized that during the first six years of life, children experience a series of “sensitive periods”. We take advantage of these “sensitive periods” by helping the children refine their senses and assisting them in perfecting these natural learning tools.
Primary children learn by doing. The concrete materials in the classroom allow the children explore the world through their senses, through touch and motion, and by observing and engaging with others. One main feature of Montessori education is its hands-on approach to learning. Students work with specially designed materials, manipulating and investigating until they master the lesson inside. Teachers guide students through the curriculum as children are ready for each new challenge, introducing lessons and then letting children practice what they have learned. As children grow, the classroom materials grow with them in the sense that older children use the materials to explore curriculum in new and deeper ways.
The 3-6 year old goes through an intense period of change, including the transition to cooperative play and more complex social interactions, a language explosion leading to beginning skills in writing and reading, the emergence of number sense and the foundations of math, and great changes in physical development. The Montessori teacher responds to these changes in social and emotional, cognitive, and physical development with appropriate lessons to support each child’s growth and emerging capabilities. Primary children come to school five days a week, and may choose to stay for mornings-only or a full day. Kindergartners enjoy a full day of school.
All 3-year old children and older are required to wear uniforms while in school Monday- Thursday, Friday is free choice day.
School uniforms have a positive effect on students!
School uniforms promote a single standard of dress. Children no longer will be discussing each other shirts and dresses but rather will spend their time on being productive while in school. Therefore, school environment become less competitive and more focused on learning.
School uniforms boost school spirit!
Helping to build a sense of community within the school, uniforms create an atmosphere of belonging.
School uniforms make mornings easier!
Uniforms eliminate the need to argue over what to wear to school every day. Through simplicity, uniforms promote time efficiency, organization, and neatness. Parents and students agree that getting the morning off right is the key to a productive and happy day.
School uniforms are cost-effective.
French Toast® Official School Wear™ is less expensive than other types of clothing. A student can easily be outfitted with easy-care, long-lasting French Toast® uniforms for about $150 a year. This includes 10 to 12 items. What a bargain!
School uniforms encourage individual self-expression.
With uniforms, students find ways to express themselves creatively, rather than through their clothes – through the arts, music, sports, personality and academic achievement.
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Kindergarten, the culminating year of the Primary cycle, provides an extraordinary opportunity for 5 and 6 year olds to develop their leadership skills. Kindergarteners act as positive peer models for their younger classmates, assuming positions of responsibility that further strengthen their own capabilities and self-esteem. Everything that children have learned in previous years comes together in Kindergarten, giving children a readiness to meet new challenges.
Would you like to know more? Click Montessori for Kindergarten
Also consider 25 Reasons of Montessori Kindergarten