Primary (ages 3-6 years)
The Primary Day
8:30-11:00 Uninterrupted Work Cycle
11:00-11:30 Group (half day children leave at 11:30)
11:30-12:15 Family Style Lunch in Classroom
12:15- 1:15 Playground Time
1:15- 2:45 Afternoon Work Cycle (children 4 and under nap)
2:45-3:00 End of Day Preparation
3:15-6:00 Late-Stay Program
Individuality and Independence
With an emphasis on individual development, instruction in a Montessori program is most often one-on-one with occasional small and whole group lessons.. Students move through the curriculum at their own pace, based on their particular strengths, interests, and natural curiosity. Looking in on a Primary classroom, you will find students in a variety of working arrangements other than desks. Paired at a rug on the floor, standing at an easel, across a small table from a friend, or in a small group encircling a lesson. As grounding tenets of the Montessori pedagogy, independence and responsibility are fostered continuously throughout each day as students make both work and social choices that are framed by expectations of responsibility, self-control, and courtesy.
The Guide or Directress
The purpose of the Montessori teacher is to guide the child through the curriculum and the classroom environment during the periods of time when the child's "sensitivity" is heightened to a specific area of development. It is the teacher's task to carefully observe the child's activity and growth in order to adjust the environment and the work placed there, ensuring continuous stimulation and engagement. The Montessori child is given choices of activities, called "works," that enable the child to develop his own will while deepening his thought processes. In a properly prepared environment, the adult's presence is obscure and unobtrusive as she moves about the room.