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The Primary Classroom (Ages 3-6)

Young children possess a remarkable ability to absorb the world that surrounds them.  Maria Montessori believed that the years from three to six are the most critical period for nurturing a child's natural curiosity and for laying the foundation for all future development.

The goals of Child's View Montessori are to foster independence and to support children in moving toward a mastery of self and environment.  The classroom is a prepared environment designed to encourage children in their self-directed discovery of the world.  Interest-based activities encourage children to develop a love of learning and trust in their own ability to learn.

This classroom feels very different from traditional settings for preschool children.  Rather than placing a teacher at the center, here you will find students directing their own activities and learning from one another.  While one student is exploring the sensory material, another works with math materials, and another is working on art activities.

Fundamental to Montessori is the multi-age classroom.  The classroom includes children ages three to six, and children may work either individually or in small groups, learning from and sharing with one another.  Multi-age classrooms promote collaborative learning, a cornerstone of Montessori philosophy, and encourage the development of a strong community, one in which only one-third of the student change each year.  Over three years, a student and teacher create a rich relationship based on trust and an understanding of learning styles.

The main goal of our program is to help children develop a rapport with their environment and to support them as they develop physical, social and intellectual independence.  The teacher intensely follows each child, presenting carefully designed lessons and materials on a one-to-one basis as the child is ready.  These areas include practical life, sensorial activities, language activities, mathematics, cultural activities, physical education, celebrations and food.

Practical Life
Through practical life activities, children acquire many daily living skills: preparing food, fastening clothes, and caring for their environment.  These activities help children extend their powers of concentration and develop coordinated movement.

Sensorial Activities
Through interaction with sensorial materials, which isolate one quality, such as color or shape, children experience the world through their senses in a way that establishes the physical and mental foundation for further learning.

Language Activities
The Primary Classroom is a language-rich environment.  Through a variety of language activities and materials, children become familiar with sounds and symbols and begin the process of writing, leading naturally to writing.

Children begin to explore mathematical relationships by manipulating concrete materials, such as number rods, that are designed to isolate a concept and prepare them for abstract reasoning.  The goals of the program are for each child to develop a love of numbers, problem solving strategies, computational skills and confidence in using numbers in everyday life.

Cultural Activities
Art, music, science and geography are integrated into the whole language experience.  Living plants, animals, and hands-on materials are part of the classroom, allowing children to develop skills in scientific observation and comparison.  The classroom is rich in art and music appreciation activities.  Our Suzuki violin specialist meets weekly with students enrolled in her program.

Social Activities
In a Montessori classroom, children experience the balance between the freedom of individual and concerns of the group.  Other social behaviors that flourish at our school are responsibility for one's own behavior, respect for others and care of the environment.

Physical Education
Our Montessori program is different from a traditional, group-oriented preschool in that children are free to choose activities and move about the room.  Through natural physical activity, children expend energy and develop large and small muscle coordination.  Children have a daily play period outside and participate in large motor exercises inside during our "together time".

Primary Classroom Schedule
7:15-8:15           Early Arrivals 
8:15-11:15         Classroom Work Period (Snack avialable as a choice beginning at 8:30)        
11:15-11:30       Group Time - Songs, stories, and games on the blue line
11:30-12:00    Outside Time
11:50-12:00    Prepare for lunch: toileting, hand washing etc.     
12:00-12:30    Lunch
12:30-12:50    Lunch clean up, toileting, hand washing
12:50-1:10       Story and transition to rest
1:30-3:00        Rest time/PM Kindergarten Work Period
3:00-4:00        PM Work Period (Snack available)
4:00-4:30        Outside Time or Group Time 
                           Dismissal - Children are dismissed from the playground or blue line as their parents arrive
4:30-5:30       Late Stays

***All times are APPROXIMATE.  Change is sometimes necessary to follow the needs of the group.