Ages 2.5 to 6
- An intimate, caring classroom community.
- A calm, organized place to learn and grow.
- Experience teachers work one-on-one and in small groups with each child.
- Classroom materials engage children’s minds and hands in active learning.
- Students move at their own pace.
- Leadership development for older children.
- Peer mentoring for younger children.
- A sequence of foundational skills and basic core knowledge supports cognitive development.
- Art, music, Spanish, library and P.E. enrich learning.
Benefits of a Multi-Age Community
Children’s desire to learn is enhanced in mixed-age grouping. Younger children develop confidence in their skills while observing the challenging activities of older classmates. Older children gain self-confidence as leaders and role models. Children are prepared to succeed in our Elementary program.
Students form opinions and express themselves through describing, explaining, and telling stories. A hands-on phonetic system is used to teach reading. Children’s skills are broadened with more complicated letter combinations. A wide assortment of books provide opportunities for children to engage in reading. Children use the movable alphabet to begin to write– from simple words to full sentences and beyond.
Children learn to associate number symbols with quantities. This lays a foundation for understanding basic arithmetic operations and promotes a deep understanding of place value. Hands-on activities build in complexity. Children work with concepts including number patterns, skip-counting, multiplication, squares and part-to-whole relationships.
Exercises in everyday living– from shoe-tying to polishing and sewing– help develop coordination, increase attention span, and build concepts of sequence and logic.
These materials focus on each of the senses. Sensorial exercises heighten powers of observation, enrich descriptive vocabulary, teach classification, and help children extend this skill into their world.
Science & Geography
Students learn the characteristics of plants, animals and their natural environments. Children learn how landforms and bodies of water are created. Map work reinforces language, fine motor coordination, and memory development. Cultural studies emphasize the commonality of human needs around the world.
Primary students and Elementary students read together each week as “Reading Buddies.” It’s one way older children are mentors and younger children get role models to emulate.
This collaborate learning experience gives children the chance to practice emerging reading skills and helps make connections between the Primary and Elementary classes.
Elementary children practice their mentoring skills and develop a better ability to encourage, empathize and support… and they can show off their reading skills too and build confidence.
Specials: Music, Art, PE, Spanish and Library
Music lessons introduce children to the concepts of rhythm and melody, tonal differences, composition and performance. In art, a variety of activities and media are used to develop an awareness of color, texture, and form. Library supports our extensive language program and children check out books weekly.
|9:00-11:00||Work Time (Snack, Music, P.E., or Library)|
|12:30-2:45||Work Time or Nap (Music, P.E., or Library)|
- Outcomes and Objectives: What to Expect in Primary
- What are the benefits of three years in a Montessori Elementary classroom? Read: Why stay in Montessori for the Kindergarten year?
- See more about Evergreen for the Kindergarten year here.