The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life. - Maria Montessori
Mixed age classrooms that introduce the fundamentals of reading, mathematics, science lay the foundations of critical thinking and citizenship. A combination of classroom work with Montessori materials, outdoor exploration and experiments, and enrichment through the arts provides a deeply holistic experience for children ages 3 (potty-trained) to 6.
For Primary students, ages 3 to 6, every day feels like Independence Day. Dressing themselves, striding to their classrooms, greeting their teachers, they practice the skills of self-sufficiency.
These students are in what Maria Montessori termed the first plane of development, where they explore the world through their senses, absorbing all that is around them and blossoming in cheerfully outfitted spaces with interesting materials.
A Primary Morning:
9:15 Children settle in and start choosing their 'work' (in a Montessori classroom, this means a learning activity that is fun, not a chore!) from what has been carefully prepared by their teachers. This work introduces children the world of learning - subject areas include Practical Life Skills, Language, Mathematics, Geography, History, Natural Science, Social Science, Art and Music.
10:00 A group of children goes outside to water the plants and check on the butterfly habitat that had a cocoon in it yesterday.
10:45 it is circle time; the class listens to a story and the children talk about the rules of the classroom.
11:00 An art project is underway while other children prepare and share a snack.Some days bring music or Spanish lessons.
12:00 The morning-only students leave for the day, then the remaining children eat lunch, play outdoors, and continue their classroom work until afternoon dismissal.
Children enrolling in the Primary program must be 3 years of age by September of the school year. We also offer *VPK for children who are 4 years old as of September 1st and Kindergarten options for 5 year olds. The Primary program is offered in half day (9-12) or full day (9-3) sessions and before and after school care is also available.
*The 540 VPK hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for 135 days.