Pre-Primary Program


Ages 18 months to 36 months
Morning Pre-Primary 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
Extended Day Pre-Primary 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
All Day Pre-Primary 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Philosophy

toddler garden picture=Dr. Maria Montessori observed the importance of providing opportunities and creating an environment to meet a child's developmental sensitive periods. Sensitive Periods are intense fascination for learning a particular characteristic or skill. Through observation, Dr. Montessori recognized that these Sensitive Periods aided developmental milestones for human growth. In the Pre-Primary environment developmental sensitivities for gross motor, such as going up and down steps, a passionate love for established routines, or an innate interest in music and the development of pitch, rhythm and melody are fostered. Self-discovery, exploration and independence are developed through free play and socialization. Self-correcting and multi-sensorial materials and activities allow each child to experience the excitement of learning by their own choice.

This whole child approach provides activities that promote the development of social skills, emotional growth, and physical coordination as well as cognitive preparation for future intellectual academic endeavors. The holistic curriculum allows the child to experience the joy of learning, the time to enjoy the process, and ensures the development of self esteem by a "let me do it" means. It provides the experiences from which children create their knowledge and personality.

Together, working in a team effort, parents, teachers and the school administrative staff help to provide a first school experience to be joyful where initial impressions of school attitudes and learning are being developed.