Primary (ages 3-6)
The Primary Montessori classroom for children ages 3-6 is simple, beautiful, and ordered to meet children's needs. Montessori teachers create an environment that fosters independence, self-discipline, and concentration.
The classroom is organized into five different learning environments. Children are free to choose works from the various area after they have a received a lesson from their teacher.
Learning through the hands and senses, visual and kinesthetic, pre-math
Learning is acquired through the hands. Sensorial introduces the children to all things connected with their senses. Through the Sensorial materials the children can physically feel and touch differences in length, height, weight, temperature, color, and texture so as to explore and understand their environment. They also build a mathematical foundation for later learning.
Connection with the home, introduction to the classroom, fine motor development, life skills
Practical Life is the area of the classroom where a child is introduced to basic skills such as carrying a tray, pouring, transferring, folding, food preparation, and more. It also involves learning grace and courtesy skills, caring for the classroom, and caring for one’s self. The skills learned in Practical Life are life-long skills and are not restricted to the shelves. They help prepare the child for their “Great Work” and for life.
Pre-literacy games, letter sounds, writing, reading, literature, grammar
Before directly teaching sounds and writing the children are consistently exposed to language in the whole classroom. This is done through games (I Spy, matching, rhymes, etc…) songs, and the many presentations of each area. To teach language we begin by introducing the sounds in the English language. Next we introduce writing using movable letters. Once a child can write or “build” a word, he is ready to read. From there we introduce grammar concept, sentence building, and many more presentations.
Number recognition, decimal system, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing
The Math area of the classroom follows a precise order. The children begin by learning the concrete representations of number (tangible quantities), then the abstract symbols, and finally combine the concrete and abstract. Once a child has a strong foundation with number 0-10 we introduce the decimal system (1,000, 100, 10, 1) using the Golden Beads. From there they will learn addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division in a hands-on way.
Science, geography, botany, zoology, other cultural, becoming citizens of the world
The Cultural area of the classroom introduces the children to the world and God's creation. There they will be presented to geography, science, zoology, botany, art appreciation and music. We also study other countries and cultures so as to become Citizens of the World. Through cultural studies children learn vocabulary and become more curious about the world around them.