Primary Class

3 - 6 years This curriculum also forms the basis for our elementary classroom.
The Montessori method aims to educate the whole child. Our learning materials introduce a wide range of concepts in a concrete way, which even the youngest child can understand. The learning environment is organized into the following areas:

Practical Life


Practical life activities are most suited to the young preschooler entering a Montessori class. The child's entire focus is in doing activities on their own. There are materials to button, buckle, and lace so that he learns to care for himself. The classroom is truly her own to care for, with plants to be watered, and tables and chairs to be washed and moved at will. Children do not 'play house' because they have a real house to care for. These exercises develop coordination and a longer attention span. The elementary classes extend practical life lessons to include caring for the earth and the environment and involvement with the community to learn to be caring individuals.

Sensorial Materials


Using sensorial materials children work with colors, shapes and sound, to isolate and refine their senses, one sense at a time. This allows them to classify and sort the hundreds of impressions they have absorbed since birth. With this work, children develop keen perceptions which prepare them for reading and mathematics.

Language Arts


Language is an integral component of the entire Montessori curriculum, since all thoughts, ideas, and concepts can only be understood and clarified through oral and written communication. Language is presented in a context or body of information, rather than in isolation from other materials. In both oral and written form, language is viewed primarily as a vehicle to communicate ideas and feelings, whose form alters with the purpose for which it is used.

Mathematics


Montessori math materials have been specially designed to enable the student to discover and learn mathematical concepts in a concrete way. After the concepts have been learned through the use of materials, the student is able to easily understand abstract numerical concepts; thus, mathematical skills follow readily after 'hands on' experiences.

Science, History and Geography


Students gain knowledge about the development of the solar system, the earth and its configurations, life on earth, the needs of plants and animals, the development of man, early civilizations, and recorded history. Other related subjects are presented following the interests of the children. The elementary classes include lab work to gain a deeper knowledge of the plant and animal world. Various media are used to aid the development of creative expressions and skills. There are a variety of techniques and media available in the classroom.

The Arts


Students are exposed to a broad-based arts education. Art appreciation, studying the masters in art and music, as well as practical, hands-on applications are introduced in Montessori arts education.

Physical Education


Physical education is a integral part of the whole curriculum. Our Montessori environment provides for both the promotion and the refinement of movement. Each student is encouraged to develop athletic skills that may be built on later in life. Our emphasis is on the individual improving their own abilities and learning to be an effective team member. In addition, every student is provided with a weekly gymnastics class.

Atrium


We believe that there is a deep bond between God and the child which produces in the child the desire to draw near to God. The atrium is one of the elements that helps establish that relationship between God and allow it to flourish. It is a part of our greater environment dedicated to providing materials that allow the child to study the life of Jesus and His teaching. It is a place where we can 'wonder' with the child as we enjoy meditating on questions generated by the Scriptures. "God, who are you?" "How do you love us?" The materials in the atrium are attractively displayed inviting children to explore and deepen experiences at their own pace. The most important characteristic of the materials is their close link to the biblical sources which allows your child meditate on words of the scripture.