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Primary Program (The Conscious Years)

(Ages 2 ½ - 6 years)

The Primary Level – also known as Children's House -is a multiage of children from 2 1/2 to six years old who live and learn together in a prepared environment that offers choices of individual activities that aid the child's work of "self construction." The Montessori guide cultivates in children the ability to choose freely, to sustain focused and concentrated attention, to think clearly and constructively, and to express themselves through language and arts. Through active development of will and satisfaction of their authentic needs, children become self-disciplined and socially cohesive.

Areas of activity of the primary level are practical life, sensorial, language art, mathematics, science, botany, art, history, zoology, geography, and cultural subjects. The extensive sets of Montessori materials in each of these areas are designed to appeal to the children's deep interest and to inspire repeated activity. The children's absorbent minds take in vast amounts of information and grasp sophisticated relationships and principles wholly and effortlessly.

Guided by their human tendencies, following their sensitive periods and according to their plane of development, the children experience great joy in educating themselves. Children become normalized and reveal characteristics seldom recognized as typical of young children. Over the three-year cycle, children develop expertise, become leaders of their community, and manage the social and practical affairs of their classroom. To insure success after initial struggle new challenges are prepared for indirectly and presented only after indicated by careful observation..

We believe that even very small child can be responsible for the care of themselves and their own environments.

Children must attend 5 days a week. Though our core program is from 9:00 a.m. - noon. However, extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m are available.

Parents are encouraged to schedule times to observe their child's class during the school year. Teachers will always arrange a time to talk with you if you have any concerns. Conferences are held twice a year to discuss your child's progress.

Parent meetings and educational seminars that focus on Montessori education at each level of child development are an integral part of our school's culture..

PDF  For more information, consult our Primary Curriculum »