Children begin the Primary schooling at the age of 3 and remain three years with the same teacher and class. Over the three-year period, the children develop a sense of responsibility and belonging, much as they do in a family. Dr. Montessori called her school “The Children’s House” because it is designed with child size furniture, real materials that have purpose and meaning to a child, and the space for them to move freely and perfect their motor coordination. The teacher guides the child to put him/her in touch with a rich variety of activities in the environment that facilitate his/her cognitive, social, and spiritual development.
Third Year 5’s Program
The third year of the Montessori Primary program is a key year, when the child’s developing intellect can pull together all the diverse materials in the classroom. The child experiences an explosion of learning. Children often become fluent readers and skilled early mathematicians. Most importantly, the third year child grows emotionally as they take a leadership role in the classroom. By the end of the third year most children are prepared to move onto first grade at either Great Beginnings Montessori Elementary School or the public, private or parochial schools.
Primary Program Schedules:
- Mornings: Monday – Friday: 8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
- Mornings and Lunch Bunch: Monday – Friday: 8:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Extended Day: Monday – Friday: 8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.(Required for 5 year olds)