2.5 to 3 years - 6 years (through Kindergarten)
Our Primary classroom environments are designed to offer a unique cycle of learning to meet the developmental needs of young children, ages 3 through 6 years old.
The children stay in the same class for three to four years until they are ready to continue to our Elementary level. Within this mixed age group, the child is able to develop at his or her own pace. The teachers help to foster a deep sense of caring and respect for one another and for the environment.
Each year in the Primary class, the children are able to deepen and increase their abilities by expanding their use of the Montessori materials. The Primary curriculum includes the areas of practical life, sensorial exploration, mathematics, expressive and receptive language, grace and courtesy, problem solving, critical thinking and opportunities for productive development of the will. Lessons are also given in history, geometry, biology, geology, and geography. Art, music, and creative expression are integrated into all areas of the curriculum.
In their culminating year, the oldest children serve as responsible models of classroom leadership. They thrive developmentally as they act as stewards of the environment and kind mentors for the younger children. This culminating year is a year of consolidation and mastery of knowledge both academically and socially.
8:15 - 8:30 Arrival and greetings
8:30 - 11:15 Independent work period
9:00 - 10:30 A healthy snack is available
11:15 - 11:30 Clean up and circle time
11:30 - 12:00 Lunch time
12:00 - 12:45 Outdoor exploration and playtime
12:45 - Younger children prepare for quiet rest time
1:00 - 2:15 Older children engage in afternoon work period and receive age appropriate lessons
2:15 - 2:45 Clean up and join together for end of the day circle
2:45 - 3:00 Departure time for full day children
3:00 - 5:30 After school care with indoor and outdoor activities and snack.