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PRIMARY

Maria Montessori called the period between birth and age 6 the FIRST PLANE OF DEVELOPMENT.

She characterized children of this age as having an "absorbent mind," the ability to literally absorb, like a sponge, all kinds of information about their environment and culture.

Pre School Classroom Picture

The primary child's need for order and independence is reflected in the highly organized and child-proportioned nature of the preschool environment. Lessons are given to the children one-on-one. Teachers are careful to match the activity to the child's "sensitive period" for that particular aspect of learning.

Characteristics

White Rock Montessori Primary Environments

  • Two preschool classrooms, each consisting of twenty-four children, ages 3-6
  • Two Montessori-certified teachers are in each classroom; the student/teacher ratio is 12:1
  • Weekly classes with faculty specialists in music, Spanish, and environmental education
  • All children attend five days per week
  • Older children attend from 8:30 A.M. -3:00 P.M.
  • Younger children attend for a half-day only, from 8:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M.
  • Children remain in the same classroom with the same teachers throughout preschool and kindergarten.
  • Classrooms are self-paced/Individualized

Boy working on school work

  • Concrete, manipulative materials are organized into the following curricular areas:
    • Everyday Living Skills
    • Sensory Awareness
    • Math
    • Geometry
    • Language
    • Foreign Language (Spanish)
    • Geography
    • History
    • Art
    • Drama
    • Music
    • Science
    • Environmental Education/Gardening
    • Gross and Fine Motor Refinement

Teacher working with child at desk