Primary Curriculum Overview
Children in our mixed age group classrooms are free to move about in a prepared environment of hands on learning activities. The teachers and assistants are keen observers who watch for the child’s readiness and facilitate their progress to the next level of conceptual development. Our curriculum includes:
Practical Life Skills
This area of the curriculum provides the child an opportunity to practice everyday activities such as pouring, shoe tying, cleaning, etc. while increasing the child’s attention span and concentration. Fine motor skills are strengthened through activities such as tweezing and toning. The exercises move left to right in a reading sweep pattern.
Instruction and materials to refine the use of the senses, training the child to differentiate gradations of color, tone, texture, shape, size, etc.
English Language Arts
Children are provided an opportunity to learn through the auditory, visual and tactile senses. These materials begin with phonetic sounds of letters and allow the child to progress at her own speed to word construction and eventually writing and reading.
Instruction and materials that provide a visual and tactile introduction to numbers while preparing the child to progress to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
The children use scientific observation to study the world around them.
Globes assist the children in distinguishing land and water areas, progressing to the continents and lands that make up our Earth. Studies of landforms provide an understanding of geographic features.
Different cultures from around the world are introduced and celebrated throughout the school year. The studies include the music, language, food, clothing, habitat and lifestyles of various cultures around the world. Families are encouraged to contribute whenever possible. Spanish and American Sign Languages are introduced.
Children are given the opportunity to practice various gross motor exercises that promote balance, coordination, and physical self-discipline.
Art and Music
These materials allow the child to expand his range of awareness and interest and to develop his creativity and self-expression. Children are introduced to various historic composers and artists and are given the opportunity to explore the different artistic styles, instruments and mediums.
This teaches children to think about their surroundings and to go beyond themselves as they express empathy and compassion. It reinforces the idea that acts of kindness, no matter how big or small, can create an impact on our lives as well as affect other people’s lives for the better. All areas of the classroom are supported by trained staff that embraces the Montessori philosophy.