PRIMARY

 “Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”- Maria Montessori 

Primary (3 years old to 6 years old)

The Primary Community is a multi-aged preschool and kindergarten program. During this full cycle of approximately 3½ years, children are guided towards the acquisition of social, emotional, intellectual and practical skills that foster care, self-confidence, and a sense of community. It is during this period that the child acquires skills and knowledge at a rate that is never again seen in his or her lifetime.

Primary students:

  • foster the growth of functional independence, task persistence and self-regulation

  • promote social development through respectful, clear communication and safe, natural consequences

  • contain a large variety of materials for the refinement of sensory perception and the development of literacy and mathematical understanding

  • offer opportunities for imaginative exploration leading to confident, creative self-expression

 

The class environment is carefully prepared to encourage movement, sensorial exploration, and independence. The children are introduced to progressively challenging activities in four key areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, and Mathematics. Most lessons are given individually, allowing children to progress at their own pace and leave the program with refined concentration skills, self-confidence, and a sincere desire to learn.

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