Primary (Ages 3 to 5 Years Old)

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Our school accepts children into the Primary program who are within the ages of 3 to 5 years old. This covers Preschool through Kindergarten, and includes Spanish language lessons. 

Each classroom has a maximum enrollment of 20 students; with both a full-time teacher and assistant (1 to 10 ratio). 


Half- Day: Mon. – Fri. 8:30 am – 12:30 pm


Full-day: Mon. – Fri. 8:30 am – 3:30 pm


All-day: Mon. – Fri. 8:30 am – 5:30 pm


(Lunch and Snacks included)

Primary Curriculum    

Practical Life Lessons: Practical Life lessons are a primary focus of the environment. These lessons form a foundation for the other area to build on. We focus on 4 areas of development: care of the environment, such as washing a table; care of the person, such as self-dressing; social relations, like courtesy and kindness; and control of movement, such as walking on along a line. We equip children to function independently. They build their concentration through repetition, then personal satisfaction, which develops their self-confidence.

Sensorial: Through the sensorial area, the child should learn how to make clear concepts and classifications for all the information they have gathered their sensory perception. Through the exploration of materials that we present, they can to refine their sensory perceptions into distinctions. Exercises will be presented for all five senses – visual, such colors and shapes; tactile – touch tables; auditory – sound boxes; olfactory – smelling jars; and taste—testing bottles.

Language: Language exercises are given to assist with the child’s own developmental process for language. When the child enters a Montessori classroom, the exercises of language will add to the foundation the child already has. The child will go through three stages of language: expansion of vocabulary, writing, and reading. All the work of the spoken language is the preparation for writing. After the child begins writing, they will discover reading and begin to articulate sound. The child will be assisted with expanding their vocabulary, hearing phonetic sounds, followed by exercises to progress reading and grammar with interpretive reading. 

Mathematics: Through these exercises offered to the child, the child will be preparing for the mathematical mind that already exists. The child is introduced to mathematics through number progression; introduction to numbers; 0-9; the decimal system, and teens and tens work. With the decimal system work the child is introduced to addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  We want the child to understand the process before the memorization of it. After the child is comfortable with using the process with concrete materials, we can build on their skills. This helps the cognitive process.

Music & Art: The purpose art and music is to help the child with self-expression. The children of the preschool age really love this time of the day. They are born with creativity! Exercises for art appreciation and history will often be included in many other areas in the classroom.

Biology:  We use this to help guide the child’s natural exploration and learning through curiosity. The biology exercises help the child to form an appreciation of life and nature. These exercises will guide the child’s observations of nature and help establish a framework in which the child may relate her experiences.

Science: When children enter the Montessori classroom, they have had many observations about physical science, but no experience with it. We offer them science in a way that they can experience and see. These exercises are given in a controlled way for the child to have opportunities to study, explore, and gain an impression of basic physical laws of nature.

Geography: The purpose of is to introduce the child to his place in the world. It helps the child become aware of the universe, as well as help the child to appreciate the scope of variations among people as a result of physical geography. In physical geography, the children learn about land and water formations. Global maps are later introduced, then continents and countries. Other exercises will introduce the culture of countries around the world.

History: History exercises are included in the Primary Montessori classroom to awaken interest in the child. These exercises give the child an orientation of “long ago”. The child is given these exercises to help her attach a scheme of how to attach language to this passage of time.

Foreign Language: Here, we teach Spanish. The young children will get the exposure to help their minds process language. Ms. Pilar teaches her Spanish program, and loves sharing it with the children.