The curriculum at the Primary Montessori Day School focuses on educational challenges appropriate to children’s individual ages and levels of skill. By incorporating spatial learning, math, music, art and language, we encourage children to explore and discover in a hands-on, stimulating environment.
Montessori curriculum components interact dynamically to allow children to continue building on skills learned in other classroom areas. Connections between curriculum areas strengthen children’s natural zest for learning and interest in the world around them.
The Montessori Curriculum Approach
The unique Montessori curriculum allows children to learn at their own individual pace as they successfully navigate challenges that help develop proficiencies appropriate to their needs and development level.
The curriculum includes guided choices for learning activities during uninterrupted working periods. Peer learning plays a central role as children access a variety of learning materials — which are carefully arranged in a comfortable environment and are unique to the Montessori program.
Our teachers design classrooms to encourage maximum levels of choice and freedom within limits and while adhering to a comforting level of structure. Children make individual decisions within the environment to enhance their own learning and work with teachers when they want guidance or support.
The Montessori curriculum features another distinctive feature: multi-age groupings. Classes include an age range of approximately three years, and students stay with their familiar teacher and peer group for that duration. By remaining in a known environment, children develop meaningful bonds with others and gain the comfort of a stable community.
Our Montessori curriculum includes:
- The Pre-Primary Program for 2 year olds: This environment provides stimulation and meets the individual needs for 2-year-olds as they develop their cognitive and emotional abilities.
- The Primary Program for ages 3 to 6: Primary classrooms offer environments that encourage the educational process and that allow children to learn by doing as they gain confidence in their independence.
- The Elementary Program for ages 6 to 9: At the elementary level, children develop fascination with the “why” and “how” of the world around them. Using the skills developed in the primary years, students begin to explore the universe and enhance their aptitudes for reasoning, imagination, moral justice and socialization.