Primary classes serve students between the ages of three and six years old. The oldest group, kindergarten-aged students, are referred to as “elders.” Our classroom communities have 20 – 25 students with two trained Montessori teachers. The aim of the primary program is to help children construct themselves and develop their full potential through interaction with their environment. Children are able to work independently or in small groups with materials specifically designed to meet their developmental needs.
All children in primary have in-class music and Spanish instruction. Elders also have formal music, art, Spanish, and physical education during the week with their peer group.
Primary students benefit from special in-class celebrations and projects, often led by parent volunteers. Elder students attend field trips which may include the pumpkin and strawberry patch, children’s shows at local venues, and visits to museums. They often enjoy on-campus visits from the fire department, storytellers, and other performers.