Primary Program (3-5 Years Old)

 

The Primary classroom, for age group three to five years old, is carefully designed for children to "learn by doing". It is a calm, structured space constructed to meet a child's individual needs. Here, your child experiences a blend of freedom and discipline in a space especially designed for his or her optimal development. During these formative years the social, physical, and intellectual functioning of the child is unified. The most important function of the Primary program is to provide children with an early and general foundation that includes a positive attitude towards school, inner security, and a sense of order. That foundation goes on to include pride in the physical environment, abiding curiosity, habits of concentration, initiative and persistence, the ability to make decisions, self-discipline, and a sense of responsibility to other members of the class, school and community. This foundation enables them to acquire more specialized knowledge and skills throughout their school career.


In our Montessori based Primary curriculum, we structure our learning programs to maximize the child’s growth in all areas of the classroom. This will enable them to develop order, coordination, concentration and independent work habits.

Equal importance is given to the physical, social, emotional and academic development of the child. The warm, inviting and supportive environment of the Primary classroom allows children to be the best of what they can be. In The Children's Place, the children are culturally diverse and this allows them to develop respect and admiration for all.

 

Our curriculum consists of:

  • Math & Language

  • Sensorial Activities

  • Science

  • Geography and Cultural Study

  • Art

  • Music

  • Foreign Languages

  • Summer Programs

 

More details about our Montessori Curriculum:

 

Language and Pre-Language Areas

  • Use sign words effectively

  • Pre-reading strategies

  • Introduction to Pattern books, easy reading and poetry

 

Writing

  • Upper and lower case letters

  • Write numerals

  • Spelling, grammar, capitalization

  • Write stories, thank you notes and journals

 

Listening

  • Active listening

  • Oral direction

  • Proper responding

  • Resolve conflicts constructively

 

Speaking

  • Speak with confidence

  • Complete sentences

  • Using appropriate body language

  • Contribute ideas and response to topic

 

Math

Emphasize conceptual learning and the use of manipulatives to understand concrete or symbolic representation

Our Goals

  • To understand sets, word names and symbols

  • Read numbers and recognize place value

  • To group a given number of objects by 10′s

  • To recognize, write, order the 100 board

  • To work on static and dynamic addition using the decimal system

  • To add numbers in column or horizontal form

  • To work on static & dynamic multiplication

  • Write the calendar

  • To estimate which set is more, or less

  • To read number words

  • To identify the number before/after/between given numbers

  • Compare & identify halves, thirds, fourths using concrete objects

  • To divide a set into equal shares

 

Measurement

  • Identify coins

  • Tell temperatures

  • Tell time

  • Read the calendar

  • Know the days in the week, month and year

  • Comparing objects by length

  • Estimate and compare weights using balance scale

 

Geometry

  • Discover geometric shapes

  • Sketch geometric shapes

  • Use relationships of near, far, inside, etc.

  • relationships & conduct sensorial exploration

 

Science

  • Living and Non-living things

  • Classify animals by groups and countries

  • Memorize parts of a flower, frog, body, tree etc.

  • Physical science

  • Classify objects by smell, shape, color, texture

  • Measure objects by length, width, height

  • Separate mixtures

  • Cultural Study Units

  • Working on life styles, homes, and animals

  • Climate of different countries

  • Identify hemisphere map

  • Identify countries & states of N. America, Mexico, Europe, Asia & Antarctica

  • To understand their cultural traditions & compare them to other students

  • To compare family life today to families in other places and times (American, Indian, etc)

  • To construct & follow rules in classroom situations

  • To orally express, opinions on issues involving honesty, fairness & rights of other

  • To problem solve conflicts in classroom situation.