Pre-Primary (18 mo. – 3 yrs.)
The Pre-Primary environment provides opportunities for social experiences beyond the family. Children learn to be part of a community and to develop their individuality. The main objectives are to guide children in the development of independence, coordination, language, cooperation, concentration and to improve of their fine motor skills. Children are not required to be toilet trained to enter this program.
Primary (3 – 6 yrs.)
The Primary environment continues to build on the cycle of learning. It is designed to take advantage of the child's sensitive years, capitalizing on the natural curiosity of the child. The teacher is keenly in tune with developmental stages of the child and introduces appropriate materials.
Self-correcting materials provide the child with a great deal of self-pride because they are able to discover when something is incorrect and fix it without assistance. Materials available at this age group promote the learning of skills that help bridge the child's understanding of abstract ideas. The Montessori curriculum includes practical life, sensorial, math, geometry, language, science, fine arts, geography, botany, and cultural studies. At this age, children can begin to understand the concept of how they fit into the world. It is important that they begin learning how to be good and responsible citizens. Therefore, the children are actively involved in community service projects.
Lower Elementary (6 – 9 yrs.)
The Elementary Montessori program is based on the concept of "connecting" different areas of study. The child is not merely introduced to isolated facts. Instead, the curriculum is interdisciplinary, integrated, and converged, meeting the child's interests. Montessori materials offer open-ended exploration and avenues for self-expression, allowing children the ability to progress based on their skills. The environment provides them with opportunities to collaborate with others of different abilities and ages. Children work individually and in groups, promoting effective time management and opportunities for critical thinking. In group learning, children are encouraged to contribute ideas, listen to others, and learn to compromise. Writing is integrated into the curriculum, across the disciplines, encouraging the child to express his/her thoughts. During the elementary years children continue to develop their social skills and acquire the ability to truly grasp abstract intellectual concepts.
The child begins developing a greater meaning and appreciation of the order of the universe through new discoveries in history, geography, biology, and the Montessori Five Great Lessons. Children are naturally curious at this age about their universe and how they fit into the "Big picture". Through the curriculum, they are invited to explore humankind and themselves, the relationship between them, and their role in the world.