Early Childhood (Primary) 3* – 6 years
The Early Childhood program is comprised of multi-aged classrooms and a three-year curriculum cycle. The program focuses on developing the ‘whole’ child through instruction geared for the individual child and covering a wide variety of academic disciplines. The Montessori materials for this group were designed to specifically address the curiosity of each child. Each activity has its own unique and individual purpose requiring the child to think and reason. Concepts including sequencing, patterning, matching, and organization are all part of a goal oriented plan directly preparing students for Math and Language.
An important part of a child’s development is the building of character and personality. For appropriate development to take place, a child’s physical, mental and emotional needs must be met. When these needs are met, the child strengthens his or her focus and concentration skills. With this goal in mind, the materials in an Early Childhood classroom must have a specific purpose. Lessons and material innately encourage repetition and practice. Practice builds strength and aids in the strong development of inner satisfaction. The building of confidence in ones skills and abilities, and the strengthening of self-esteem are key elements of the Montessori program.
* In order to enter the Early Childhood program, children must be able to address their own physical needs regarding dressing, eating and toileting.
Early Childhood (Primary) Curriculum Overview
Care of self, Care of the classroom, Grace & Courtesy skills, Control of movement, Art, Food preparation & Nutrition study.
Shapes & Sizes, Colors & Texture, Temperature, Weight, Scents, Taste, Feel, and Sound.
Phonics/sounds, Sandpaper letters (shapes and recognition), Matching & Sorting exercises, Vocabulary, Handwriting, Word building & Reading, Storytelling & Songs, Listening, Drama, Poems, Picture cards, and Spanish.
Counting, Numbers (shapes & recognition), Order and Sequence, Number writing, Decimal system, Basic operations (add, subtract, multiply & divide), Fractions, Money, Measurement, Time.
Geography & History
Botany & Zoology Science and Experiments Art & Music Nature & the Environment