Welcome to Primary
(3 years – Kindergarten)
In our Primary program, learning becomes intentionally curricular, supporting the development of reasoning and perception. Experienced teachers gently employ the Montessori Method to instill responsibility for student-centered learning and inquiry. Working independently or with a friend, students arrive at a clear understanding of abstract concepts through the use of carefully planned, progressive, hands-on materials. Kindergarteners graduate from the Primary program as confident readers, emerging writers, mathematicians who understand the “why” behind simple operations, and builders in our da Vinci Lab for Creative Arts & Sciences.
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The Primary curriculum is diverse and robust, engaging our young students with lessons ranging from skip counting to botany.
- Math. Using hands-on materials, students learn about numbers, symbols, quantity, place value, and operations. Children practice linear counting, skip counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division while gaining a concrete understanding of operations and math facts.
- Language. Our language curriculum includes building vocabulary, learning letter sounds, putting sounds together to make words, and constructing sentences. Students work with a wide range of hands-on materials, such as our sandpaper letters and movable alphabets.
- Science and Geography. In our cultural area, students learn about the world around them, including classification and nomenclature. Students hone their observation skills through conducting simple experiments.
- Sensorial. In our sensorial area, students use their senses to classify, sort, and differentiate. Sensorial lessons also introduce new vocabulary and reinforce math concepts, such as geometric shapes and solids.
- Practical Life. Students engage in activities that develop independence, fine motor skills, coordination, concentration, and order.
Kindergarten students take on leadership roles and, through assisting younger students, reinforce their knowledge of the diverse curriculum. Kindergarteners spend afternoons in small group and individual lessons, honing their math, reading, and writing skills. They also enjoy Kindergarten-only classes in the da Vinci makerspace, the music room, and/or the art studio. Students enter Lower Elementary empowered to learn independently.