Our Primary classrooms are designed to meet the needs of the rapidly developing 3-6 year old child. Classes are composed of mixed-age groups to allow for cognitive stimulation while also meeting each child’s social needs.
The goal of the Primary program is to enrich and promote the further development of each child’s natural curiosity and love of learning. The Montessori approach at the primary level is based on the needs of the individual child. They are able and responsible for making choices throughout the day. Each class has a wide variety of specific Montessori materials for hands-on exploration and a Montessori trained staff that facilitates a child’s trust in him/herself through risk-taking, further questioning, and skill development.
Our students pursue their quest to learn through experimentation in the many facets of life: Care of Self and Environment, Language, Mathematics, Science, Music, Art, Geography and History. The MAC Montessori curriculum provides a progressive educational foundation as well as integration with real-life experiences, and is implemented with respect to varying learning styles and natural human development. At MAC, children are able to be their unique selves. Our teachers get to know each child on a deep level and because of this, children are given the responsibility of making their own learning choices throughout the day with the support of trained Montessori teachers.
Our Primary program also follows the traditional 3-year cycle. This is such a critical component of a true Montessori education. In year 1 children are explorers, in year 2 they are experimenters, and in year 3, usually their kindergarten year, they become experts. This kindergarten year is the capstone year of the Primary program. The activities created by Maria Montessori accurately reflect the emotional, social, and cognitive needs of students in a given plane. Skipping the third year, or enrolling a student in a non-Montessori setting, risks placing them in an environment where the skills and lessons don’t follow with best practices for their developmental needs.
From Learners to Leaders
Our Primary program enriches and promotes the further development of each child’s natural curiosity and zest for learning. The youngest children begin by learning from the older children as they guide them in the classroom and then suddenly the magical transformation occurs where by the end of their Primary journey these children are now the leaders.
We chose the Primary program at MAC because we like how it focuses on free choice activities and emphasizes focus, control, and attention. We love our Primary teacher and appreciate her incredible insight to our little boy’s strengths, weaknesses, and growth.
-Katie & Fred, Primary Parents