Primary Program : The Primary Room (3 years to 6 years)
In the Primary Room, children continue to work individually with the Montessori materials to progress at their own pace. A typical day involves individual free choice work time, outdoor play, gross motor activities, story and music time. The focus of the Primary room is still on the development of independence and life skills, but the children attempt a broad range of new activities in the Montessori curriculum. Refinement of oral language into reading and writing occurs following a phonetic based approach. Geography, Science, History, Art and Music are all an integral part of Montessori curriculum.
The Third Year Program:
It is in the third year of the primary program that all of the previous experiences and indirect preparation given to the child come together. The children have the hands on experience with the more advanced Montessori materials so that they learn abstract concepts in a concrete way. In a Montessori classroom we answer not only the intellectual needs of the child but the physical and emotional ones also. These children have a practical experience of being the oldest and the leaders. They have time as individuals and as members of large and small groups.