Core Montessori aspects fostering the development of independence, are engrained in the Primary program. Habits of concentration and creativity are encouraged through activities that strengthen respect for oneself as well as the environment. In addition, older students serve as leaders and mentors to the younger students. Trained Montessori staff understands that children learn at their own pace and introduce lessons that are challenging as well as intellectual. In our primary classroom children receive the benefit of two years of sensorial preparation for academic skills by working with concrete Montessori learning materials.
The blending of ages 3 to 5 years in this program is based on Maria Montessori’s philosophy. Beginning at age 3 and completely potty trained; the children are invited to work independently in the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics and Cultural Subjects. In primary age when children start to speak, the process of phonetic reading begins to take place. The Montessori classroom takes advantage of this fact by allowing the child freedom to select activities, which correspond to their own period of interest. Due to this interest, the child develops the concentration and attention span to absorb the concepts of the materials as well. Teachers are very much aware of these sensitive periods and encourage the children to develop them to their maximum potential.
In each of our classrooms there are two certified Montessori teachers. The teachers observe and record each child’s individual progress. Children take their work home every Friday, in order to communicate to the parents the progress that is taking place weekly.