In-School Enrichment Programs:
Our enrichment program offerings are carefully chosen and balanced in order to maintain an authentic Montessori environment that provides uninterrupted work-cycles. We are careful that our work periods are not whittled away by too many “specialists” removing children from the classrooms. Our primary goal is to always give children a chance to learn, and allow them to concentrate and focus on the task at hand in an uninterrupted, peaceful environment.
Our certified Montessori teachers are trained in both art and music education as part of their post-graduate training. These lessons are integrated into the daily curriculum.
Experts agree that the critical window for language learning is from birth to approximately ten years of age. Some research suggests that children who receive second language instruction are more creative and better at solving complex problems than those who do not. Spanish is taught by our foreign language specialist through songs, stories, games, and direct instruction. All children at Primary Montessori Day School are immersed in Spanish once weekly. The foreign language specialist works in the child’s classroom all morning becoming a natural addition to the Montessori classroom environment.
Tae Kwon Do:
Martial art training is wonderful for children. The constant movement and precise technique is great exercise. It also improves self-discipline and concentration. Children also learn valuable self-defense skills. All this gives a healthy boost to their self-esteem. All Kindergarten and Elementary children receive Tae Kwon Do lessons once weekly in the afternoon. Parents are invited to a program at the end of the year to watch a demonstration of their abilities!
Field Trips/Educational Outings:
Field trips provide an important expansion of classroom learning by allowing children to experience new settings and environments. Through field trip experiences children can apply the skills of an investigator or environmentalist, and explore the field as an historian or geographer. Our field trip outings are for all Kindergarten and Elementary students at the Primary Montessori Day School. Recent field trips include nature preserves, local museums, a recycling center, the Baltimore Aquarium, etc.
External resources are also brought into the school, as a way to further enhance the learning of specific topics or subjects for all our students. Examples include: Rainforest Animals Show, Reptile Wonders, Scales and Tales, Wings and Things, Blue Sky Puppet Theatre, Wonderful Worms, Native American Program, Magnificent Minerals Program, Ray Owen’s Music, etc.
Physical Education (PE):
Is an educational course related to the physique of the human body. It is taken during primary and secondary education and encourages psychomotor learning in a play or movement-based exploration setting to promote health. A structured PE class conducted weekly for Elementary students incorporates sports, games, and specific skill work. All students at Primary Montessori Day School participate in daily physical activity through both structured and unstructured play.
After School Enrichment Classes:
Each year, Primary Montessori Day School students are offered multiple after-school enrichment classes. These classes are intended to complement our Montessori curriculum and provide our students with opportunities to explore other areas of interest. They can also help lighten the load on you, as busy parents, by centralizing many of your child’s extracurricular activities in one place!
Programs vary from semester to semester and may include:
- Chess Club