3 – 6 Years
Students are accepted or transition into the Primary environment based on developmental readiness as early as the state-mandated three years of age. Students remain in the Primary environment for a 3-year cycle, until they reach about 6 years of age. Students visit and transition into the Lower Elementary environment based on developmental readiness (e.g., familiarity with a work plan, social development, have mastered mathematic and literacy skills, emotional maturity).>
Children in the Primary program begin with the simplest exercises based on the activities that he or she is drawn to. The materials and equipment used will help to develop concentration, coordination, independence and sense of order. The Montessori primary classroom is designed to take advantage of a child’s sensitive years between the ages of 2~1/2 to 6, when the child best absorbs information from an enriched environment.
Dr. Maria Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another person. He or she must do it him/herself or it will never be done. The goal of a primary Montessori classroom, therefore, should not be to fill the child with textbook facts, but rather to cultivate his/her own natural desire to learn. Our objective is to first allow the children to experience the excitement of learning by their own choice rather than being forced, and second by helping the child to cultivate their own natural desire to learn.