The most important time for learning is the period between birth and six years of age. Children are eager to learn from new people and experiences. They absorb all the environment has to offer and it is our responsibility to ensure the world they experience is rich, safe, nurturing, and intelligent.
The foundation of self-esteem and all future learning is constructed during these early years and the Primary Programs are designed to take advantage of this powerful, formative period. The Primary program offers your child a step toward independence in an environment specially created for the developing young learner.
This happy and intelligent setting offers your child an opportunity to develop strong social skills as well as explore language, music, practical life skills, art, math, geography, science, culture and large motor activities. In the primary classroom, your child will be introduced to many different concepts and will learn both through bserving and through direct interaction with our beautifully crafted materials.
The Montessori primary program is a three year cycle. Children begin at three years (depending on readiness of child) in the primary program. Pre-school aged children need consistency. They bond more readily with the other children. Developmentally, it is beneficial for children to experience the full three year cycle. Children move into the afternoon work period at age 4.5 or older depending on their developmental readiness.
The afternoon work cycle is available to children who are in their third year of the program and are developmentally ready to do work in the afternoon. This program is a natural extension of the student’s morning session. It allows children to continue the exploration they began in the morning.
The children work at their individual pace and progress toward more advanced materials. We evaluate the child’s ability to work successfully without a nap. This usually occurs when the child is between 4 and 5 years old, and often happens mid-year as a child demonstrates the developmental milestones that indicate readiness.
During this time, the children build upon the activities of the morning and undertake projects and more intense lessons that are typically too challenging for the youngest Primary students. Students stay in the same room with the same teacher and children and take on the leadership role in the Primary classroom community.
This continuity is developmentally appropriate and beneficial to the child’s sense of security and well-being. This opportunity for focused attention provides the perfect bridge to the elementary education. Afternoon work cycle like all Montessori programs, emphasizes active rather than passive learning. Children learn by actively participating in their environment, mastering many skills, and experiencing explosive learning during this time.