Primary (age 3-6) children possess a remarkable ability to absorb the world that surrounds them. Maria Montessori believed that the years from three to six are the most critical period for nurturing a child’s natural curiosity and for laying the foundation for future development.
Our goals at Montessori in the Park are to foster independence and to support children in moving toward a mastery of self and the environment. Our classrooms are prepared environments designed to encourage children in their self-directed discovery of the world. Interest-based activities encourage children to develop a love of learning and trust in their own ability to learn.
Primary Curriculum includes:
CELEBRATIONS & TRADITIONS
We celebrate the richness of our cultural diversity at Montessori in the Park! Students and parents are encouraged to educate our community of families through sharing their culture and traditions.
Art, Music, Science and Geography are integrated into the entire cosmic education experience. Living plants, animals and hands-on materials are in the environment, allowing children to develop skills in scientific observation, as well as real-life experience.
Montessori in the Park is a language-rich environment. Through a variety of language activities and materials, the children integrate sounds and the associated symbols and begin the processes of reading and writing. A Spanish specialist introduces a second language to the children at the time when they are cognitively, physically and emotionally most receptive.
Children begin to explore mathematical relationships by manipulating concrete materials that are designed to isolate a concept and prepare them for abstract reasoning. The goals of the program are for each child to develop a love of numbers, problem-solving strategies, computational skills, and confidence in using numbers in everyday life.
Through Practical Life activities, children acquire many daily living skills: preparing food, fastening clothes and caring for the environment. These activities also help children extend their powers of concentration and refine fine motor development.
Through interaction with sensorial activities which isolate one quality (such as color, volume or shape) children experience the world through their senses, in a manner that establishes the physical and mental foundation for further learning.
In Montessori classrooms, children experience the balance between the freedom of the individual and the needs of the group. Responsibility for one’s own behavior, respect for others and care of the environment is modeled and encouraged.