Pre Primary Class 3 years to 6 years of age
The pre-primary class introduces children to the next level of learning while still focusing on fun. Children start to learn basic academic skills through both individual and classroom-wide lessons.
The pre-primary curriculum includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Practical life skills: Shoe tying, preparing snacks, buttoning, zipping, and motor skill development.
- Language: Pre-writing and pre-reading activities for the younger children, tracing and coloring, and writing for the older children.
- Math: Learning the numbers 1-10, number concepts such as tens, hundreds and thousands, addition, multiplication, and subtraction.
- Sensorial: Matching colors, recognizing and naming different shades, and geometric shapes (circle versus sphere).
The activities are designed and chosen so that the children feel comfortable and will be able to master the activity. The activities that are chosen fall into four main categories: care of self, control of movement, care of the environment, and grace and courtesy.
Manners are a must! Friends are introduced to the idea of grace and courtesy as they learn to take turns and treat others with respect. They are given the space to moderate their own behavior when possible, for example, solving conflict at a “peace table” rather than tattling. This is another area where a mixed-age setting shines, as older students can encourage their younger peers to display grace and courtesy.
The overall idea of these activities is not only to help children gain self-confidence in their working abilities, but to expose the children to fundamental activities that will build their concentration span and help them become self-sufficient little learners.
In the Language area children are exposed to various types of phonetic awareness activities to build a strong literary foundation. Montessori Language activities are designed to improve a child’s vocabulary, listening skills for common sounds, and differentiating between objects and pictures.
Language activities include learning the shapes and sounds of letters, Pre-writing and pre-reading activities for the younger children, tracing and coloring, all leading up to children who can read and write; some as young as 3!
The Math area of the Montessori classroom encompasses the use of concrete materials for the recognition of numbers and the recognition of quantity as well. Through these activities, children learn exactly how much a symbolic number stands for (i.e. the number 5 means counting the correct number of objects to make the number 5).
Mathematics activities are divided into six categories that include: counting and the decimal system, memory work, concrete abstraction, arithmetic tables and geometry. Children are introduced to more complex mathematical procedures and concepts as they are individually ready. Often times a child will complete a mathematical activity a few times until he feels ready to attempt a concept that is more difficult.
Each sensorial activity focuses on one important quality such as color, weight, shape, size, texture, sound or smell. Sensorial activities develop the senses of perception and discrimination for exploring and noticing small differences in patterns as well as fine motor function development in the hands.
The sensorial area builds the child’s concentration for a wider awakening of the senses and perception for distinguishing different qualities and patterns.
They are the leaders of our Pre-Primary classrooms for the first part of their day, then spend their afternoon in an accelerated Enrichment class. Many children who have attended Children’s House find themselves bored in a new Kindergarten at many elementary schools where students are given group lessons rather than being allowed to progress at their own pace. Montessori says, if children are ready to count to one-thousand, why stop at one-hundred? If they are ready to read a whole book, why stop at a worksheet? Focused small group lessons and lots of time with Montessori teachers allows our students to excel at their own pace, setting their own goals for achievement.
Enrichment gives them one more year of independent child-led learning, instilling even more confidence and readiness to enter traditional Kindergarten or first grade.