Primary Montessori (Daffodils) Class
Ages 3 – 6 years
A primary class is a mixed group of 3 – 6-year-old children. The classroom, under the guidance and supervision of a certified Montessori teacher, offers limitless possibilities from which the student can choose according to interest and ability.
“If teaching is to be effective with young children, it must assist them to advance on the way to independence. It must initiate them into those kinds of activities which they can perform themselves and which keep them from being a burden to others because of their inabilities. We must help them to learn how to walk without assistance, to run, to go up and down stairs, to pick up fallen objects, to dress and undress, to wash themselves, to express their needs in a way that is clearly understood, and to attempt to satisfy their desires through their own efforts. All this is part of an education for independence.” Maria Montessori (The Discovery of the Child)
The lessons in all subject areas (Math, Language, Sensorial, Culture, Geography, Science, Practical Life) are presented from the most concrete (things they can touch, smell, taste & see) to the more abstract for which they have to use their imagination. Montessori Method of learning is a self -paced class but with help from the peers. This gives both the younger and the older child the social & team building skills which are extremely necessary for development.
The skill acquired in one area corresponds to the other subject areas. Knowledge learned is purposeful; learning to pour liquids from a Practical Life lesson will allow the student to pour the correct amounts of the ingredients in a Science experiment. Brain research has shown the importance of movement at this age of development. A Primary class student has the freedom of movement, within the limitations of the classroom, to encourage learning through purposeful movement and muscular memory. The large and small motor skills are used to refine the movement of their body for the purpose. The classroom environment and the lessons created a focus on the successful development of the child’s confidence, independence, social skills, emotional and academic achievements.
Our Primary Montessori class follows a rigorous curriculum which quenches the thirst of learning in our curious preschoolers who want to learn through experience all day long.
The classroom is laid out in a way to encourage children to pick up work and improve on their skills. All areas of learning like Science, Geography, Language, Sensorial, Practical Life & Math are updated every few weeks so as to keep up the interest of the child. The child follows a self-guided individual daily plan which is made by the teacher, especially for that child. This helps promote positive learning and independence. A primary classroom runs harmoniously where you see Dr. Maria Montessori’s quote come to life every day which states:
The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ’The children are now working as if I did not exist.’