“A child’s work is to create the man he will become.  An adult works to perfect the environment but a child works to perfect himself.”  Maria Montessori

Montessori Primary (3 years – 6 years old)

Montessori provides a unique cycle of learning in the classroom.  Three, four, five, and six year old children all share the same environment.  Because of this multi-age environment, children learn from each other and because of each other.  Younger children learn from watching older peers.  Older children learn patience, nurturing, and gain satisfaction by teaching a younger student how to do a “work”.  These activities help to build their self esteem!    

In this environment teachers support and develop the child’s interest.  The materials and activities are carefully prepared to help each child discover knowledge and develop their independence.  Teachers encourage the child to develop their sense of order, coordination, and concentration.  Children are allowed to choose their “work” based on interest and ability.  By pursuing their individual interests, they gain an early enthusiasm for learning. 

The environment is designed to facilitate independent learning and exploration by the child.  Each classroom is divided into five areas and within these areas a child develops coordination, concentration, good work habits, and self confidence. The five areas of the classroom are:

Practical Life:  This area develops fine motor skills, attention to detail, and develops good work habits as the child completes each task.

Sensorial:  The child meets the world around them.  By using their senses, they learn to distinguish, categorize, and relate new information to what they already know.  Their concentration and intellect are strengthened.

Language:  The child commits to memory the shapes and sounds of letters necessary for reading and develops muscular skills necessary for writing.  Grammar is introduced. 

Science & Geography:  The child’s natural curiosity is stimulated through discovery projects and experiments using the scientific method.  Plant and animal kingdoms are studied.  Children use maps of the world to learn countries, continents, and how others live.

Mathematics:  The underlying goal is to develop the child’s mathematical logical mind.  The child will develop the natural ability to order, classify, compare, pattern, analyze, generalize, and differentiate.