Pre-K, or Primary, students possess an ability which amazes those skeptical of Montessori. They listen and follow multi-step directions, have a mastery of self-help skills, the ability to work independently, and display incredible concentration skills. Their classroom challenges them to go further, offering lessons in practical life, sensorial experiences, language, math, music and multi-cultural knowledge.
Primary students absorb the world around them
The environment of a Montessori classroom offers boundless opportunities. Every item is an opportunity to learn. During morning and afternoon work blocks, the children select their own materials or teachers guide students to new lessons based on observations of each child’s readiness and mastery. Everything has a place and purpose.
Two core elementary school concepts present the chance for early exposure
Children learn to write in cursive and to read in print. Handwriting is learned as a corollary through tracing exercises and then, as the child begins to read, the cursive letters are introduced. Similarly, with Montessori Math, students learn to think about the concepts underlying math instead of relying on memorization.
There are many activities that the children master over their two to three years in the classroom. Children explore food prep, science exploration, playing the bells, sewing, and other incredible activities! Alongside this, students are presented with many opportunities for cultural exploration and study.