The Primary Program at The Family Montessori is for children ages 3 years- 6 years (and sometimes older 2’s). A child in the Primary Program is required to be fully potty trained. The Primary classroom is uniquely designed for developing the child as a whole. The environment is meticulously prepared to excite and engage the child throughout the learning process. This also encourages the child to explore and understand concepts through hands on experiences as the teacher guides them through lessons. Maria Montessori understood the importance of a child’s environment and wrote, “The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.” Through her research, she observed that children were able to learn concepts more easily through hands on materials that stimulated their senses. This is when she realized that "the hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence."
The Montessori curriculum, philosophy, and materials help the child to develop coordination, concentration, a sense of order, independence and self-discipline. Once the children are given lessons using the materials, they are free to explore, work, and observe. The aim is to develop a love of work and a joy of learning.
The Primary Program includes activities in Practical life, Sensorial (development of the senses), Language, Mathematics, Geography, Science, and Cultural Subjects. Our program includes music, movement, art activities, and play. We also have an enrichment program that includes Spanish, Yoga, Character Education, Art, Music, and daily opportunities for gardening.
The following video, produced by The American Montessori Society (AMS), provides a brief introduction to the Montessori Primary classroom.