Children's House Program (ages 2 1/2-6 years)
Primary Half Day Program (2 1/2-3 year olds only): M-F from 8:00am-1:15pm
Primary Full Day Program (2 1/2-6 years): M-F from 8:00am-3:00pm
Often called the Pre K/Kindergarten years, the Primary Classroom consists of mixed ages and is staffed by a Montessori certified Guide. The classroom is specifically designed so that students can make independent choices that are multi-sensory, hands on, concrete and self-correcting. The real experiences that are offered in the Children's House occur within a community of peers, which allows a child to construct the person that (s)he will become.
Carefully designed activities and materials reflect the special effort given to following the natural pace of the child while nurturing exploration, critical thinking and problem solving. They are also designed to nurture independence, concentration, self-confidence and repsect for one another and the environment.
The four core curriculum areas of the Children's House are:
Each skill of an area builds upon each other and are interrelated to and dependent on skills learned in other areas of the classroom. This allows a child to nurture his/her natural enthusiasm and interest in learning. Each child is appropriately challenged and given time to become proficient in each area and given the opportunity to work at his/her own pace.
The role of the Guide is to observe the specific needs of each child, to adjust the environement, to create materials that are appropriate, and to allow each child opportunities for spontaneous exploration of his/her world while at the same time maintaining structure and a peaceful presence.
Children must be 2 1/2 years old by September 1st and toilet trained before entering the program.
Childrenbetween the ages of 2-1/2-4 roughly, who stay for a full day program nap from 12:45 to 2:30. Children may bring a small blanket, napping roll and/or a pillow. Each piece of napping gear must be labeled with the child's name. Napping gear will be sent home on Fridays and should be brought back on the next school day.