Primary (ages 3 to 6): The joy of discovery
Montessori is a brain-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 disabled and 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.”
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
The three-to-six year old is a very active learner. The Montessori classroom environment is designed to engage young children in purposeful exploration and discovery.
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.
Research shows that children with a Montessori preschool education outperform their traditional school peers in reading and math and demonstrate higher levels of “executive skills” (independence, problem-solving, etc.) that lead to future academic and social success.
A Day in the Life of a Montessori Primary Classroom
MMS Primary Class Schedule
- 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.)