Student Programs - VMS offers three programs.
Toddler - 18 months to 3 years
~ The toddler child must be taking only 1 nap per day (no longer taking morning naps), walking securely on their feet, going up and down stairs, eating finger foods, etc.
Primary - 3 years through kindergarten
~ The primary child no longer is wearing a diaper and is past daily bowel movement accidents. Additionally, the child is losing the toddler gait, is able to communicate verbally as well as respond to simple spoken instruction. Finally, the child must be able to function physically and comfortably within the primary environment.
Elementary - 6 years to 12 years, grades 1-6
~ The elementary class requires prior Montessori experience with any exceptions made on an individual basis. The elementary student must meet academic standards set by the Montessori primary program, and also show physical, emotional and social signs of entering the second plane of development (explained in further detail later).
Elementary Students 1st - 3rd grade refine the basic skills acquired during the primary years such as reading, writing and mathematics but in a more intellectual than sensorial realm. The Montessori curriculum includes several major areas of study - geography, mathematics, language, history, biology, earth science, art, music and physical education.
Elementary Students 4th - 6th grade further extends their knowledge base through the more advanced materials. They also interact more independently in the outdoor environment both on the land and with the community in general. While having a more independent role in their learning process, they are still guided by the teacher. Classic Montessori materials are used less as the students move toward more abstract and integrated ways of reasoning.