(2 1/2 years to 6 years)
The Primary program provides children with the opportunity to develop essential work habits such as concentration, independence, increased coordination, and a sense of order. Children at this age are rapidly developing, and the environment is designed to foster this natural development. Children will leave the program highly prepared to excel in elementary school. School hours are 8:30 to 3:00, Monday through Friday. Before care is offered from 7:30 to 8:30, and after care is offered from 3:00 to 5:30.
The classroom consists of well-defined areas throughout which the children are allowed freedom of movement and choice during the work cycle. The environment is equipped with carefully designed, hands-on Montessori materials. Practical life activities teach the child to care for himself and his environment. Children use manipulatives in the sensorial area to develop and refine their senses. Lessons in language, math, science, and culture prepare the child for future school work. Through careful observation, the trained Montessori guide gives each child individual lessons tailored to his or her unique needs and abilities.
Parents must provide a healthy lunch for their child each day. This lunch must be peanut-free. Children also eat a balanced snack each day.