Our Primary Montessori classrooms are filled with a large variety of individual shelf lessons including Practical Life, Sensorial, Art, Math, Language, Science, and Cultural (geography, geology, biology, botany).
Life (PL) includes taking care of ourselves (buttoning, zippering,
washing our hands, etc) and taking care of our environment (washing
dishes, watering plants, dusting shelves, etc). All of the PL activities
have a Direct Aim (completing a task and strengthening our pincer grip
to prepare our hand for writing) and an Indirect Aim (developing the
skills of concentration, coordination, and order). Sensorial and
Art lessons show the slight differences in height, width, depth, and
color. They train our ears and eyes to be ready to read and write. They
train our brain for order and progression for math and geometry. We use
our five senses to explore and define the world around us.
and Language have specific, progressive lessons which start from simple
and concrete and move to abstract and complex. Letter sounds and
initial sounds of words are then taken to the next step of reading
simple CVC and sight words. The pink, blue, and green series work takes
the child all the way to phonemic and grammar lessons compatible with a
traditional classroom's first grade curriculum. The Math series begins
with number amounts and one-to-one correspondence. We then move to
decimal work and place value work. The unique Montessori bead work helps
children learn to add, subtract, multiply and divide. There are also
lessons in geometry, time, fractions, and money.
Science and Cultural begin with an in depth study
of North America. Next we move to Europe just in time for Columbus Day.
And then we study how colonists came to settle in the New World and
engage in wonderful Thanksgiving celebrations. As the weather starts to get colder we start our study of Antarctica. After the Winter break we move into Asia, just in time for Chinese New Year Celebrations. Next will be
South America with the celebratory ending of Carnivale (Mardi Gras). We
head over to Africa next and end with their Freedom Day in late April.
Finally, we end the year by heading down under to study Australia. What
a wonderful way to give a framework to our language, music, movement,
art, science, and geography lessons by using our seven continents as our
guide. In each continent we study the land forms, climate, animals,
plants, language, food, and customs.
visit us and see all of the above in action! We would love to have you
sit and observe the wonder, joy, and magic of a Primary Montessori