“Unleash the child’s potential and transform him in the world.” Dr. Maria Montessori
Primary (ages 3-6): Follow the child
Montessori is a research- and evidence-based approach to education that grows from Dr. Maria Montessori’s scientific observations of young children more than a century ago at the Casa dei Bambini, a school she founded for underprivileged children in Rome.
“It is not true that I invented what is known as the Montessori method, said Dr. Montessori. “I have studied the child, taken what the child has given me and expressed it and that is what is called the Montessori method.”
MMS currently has two primary classrooms, each led by a minimum of two trained Montessori teachers. Meet the MMS Primary Faculty.
Montessori works with — not against — human nature to tap a child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn. Dr. Steven Hughes, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology, calls Montessori the first brain-based approach to learning because it is based upon scientific principles of human development.
The Mountaineer Montessori primary curriculum helps young children:
- Pursue their natural desire to explore and learn
- Develop physically, emotionally and socially
- Become independent and self-motivated
- Develop a lifetime love of learning
- Connect and contribute to their family, community and humanity
An environment designed for your child
The three-to-six year old is a very active learner. The Montessori classroom environment has been called a “laboratory for learning,” designed around principles of child development to engage young children in purposeful exploration and discovery.
With 40 years of educating young children, Mountaineer Montessori offers a fully-implemented primary program, with credentialed faculty and a rich, rotating menu of authentic materials and lessons, focusing on the following areas: cultural, math, language, practical life and sensorial.
Children work at their own pace using beautiful, research-based materials and lessons that inspire interest and encourage appreciation of beauty and order. Students are given individual presentations on the materials and are free to choose from a wide choice of activities.
All of these activities the lay the foundation of academic learning to come. Our faculty closely observe each child’s level of readiness for the next lesson and guide him or her through the comprehensive Montessori curriculum. Children also engage in daily group experiences in order to build community and to develop their social skills. Most importantly, children in the primary community develop a love of their school community and a love of learning, finding peaceful joy in their pursuit of knowledge.
Take a back to school photo tour of our primary classrooms: A Laboratory for Learning: MMS Primary Classrooms Back to School
The Montessori primary curriculum includes:
Research shows that children with a Montessori primary education outperform their traditional school peers in reading and math and demonstrate higher levels of “executive skills” (independence, problem-solving, critical thinking, etc.) that lead to future academic and social success. Learn more about Montessori outcomes.
Creative expression is embedded throughout the Montessori primary curriculum, fostering students’ development through art, music and movement. Classroom lessons are furthered enriched through Kindermusik and Orff classes led by Karen Morris, art with Barrie Kaufman and workshops with artists-in-residence. Meet our MMS Faculty Specialists.
Primary students attend class five days per week with hours based on age:
- Mornings for children under the age of through 4-1/2 years (8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.)
- Extended day for children ages 4-1/2 through 6 years (8:00 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.)
A Day in the Life of a Montessori Primary Classroom
Observations from a Montessori grandmother