Primary Program (3.5 years - 6 years)
Our Primary program is designed to meet the physical, cognitive and social needs intrinsic to each child, and to nurture the child to learn and thrive.
Spanish/Chinese - Lessons develop vocabulary and word phrases as well as an appreciation for the culture of the countries where the language is spoken
Music - Lessons combine singing and movement with music fundamentals
Yoga - Lessons provide fine and gross motor development combined with traditional and modified yoga poses
Library - Reinforces classroom learning through literature enrichment, exposure to multiple authors and writing styles
The Primary Program participates in 2-3 fields trips and 3-5 outreach programs a year. The purpose of these programs are to enrich and teach our students about culture, hygiene, science, our physical environment, etc.
Outreach programs that we have welcomed in the past include The Maryland Zoo, Maryland Science Center, Young Audiences, Howard County Recycling, Pickering Creek Wildlife Reserve, various dental offices, and Mr. Science.
Past trips have included Pump It Up, Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Clarks Farm, The Maryland Zoo and Port Discovery in Baltimore.
9:00am-9:20am - Circle Time
- Opening greeting, pledge and songs
- Calendar, weather, and/or current events discussion
- Circle time activities involve group/individual participation, teacher demonstration/presentation of Montessori learning activities that the student may later choose during individual work time
- Various activities requiring child/group participation, reinforce/review
- Phonetic sounds and math concepts
- Stories, songs, poems, creative movement, finger plays, and group games
9:30am-12:00pm - Individual Work
- Floor work choices involve the use of a mat to define the student’s work area
- There are “hands on” manipulation of the Montessori learning equipment and other supplemental activities, of which, most are self-correcting by design
- Table work choices involve the use of trays to define the student’s work areas and work focuses on practicing small muscle skills by cutting, pasting, sorting, pouring, punching outlines, grating and water activities
- Both floor work and table work activities encompass the five basic areas of learning:
- PRACTICAL LIFE: Students learn to care for the environment, learn self development skills such as buttoning, zipping, pouring liquids, etc. Students also begin to use social development through grace and courtesy
- SENSORIAL: Heightens the child’s sense of sight, touch, sound, taste and smell; hands-on manipulative materials allow the child to distinguish, categorize and compare the concrete elements of height and order
- LANGUAGE: Phonics-based curriculum provides every child with“sounds” necessary to link letters to make words, the words to make sentences. Using simple alphabet cut-outs and sandpaper letters students are able to effortlessly link sounds, symbols, their shapes, and their written formation
- MATHEMATICS: Understanding of the basic mathematical operation of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division through the use of manipulative materials such as rods, beads, sandpaper numerals, cubes, cards, and counters allows the students to visualize the abstraction of numbers
- CULTURAL STUDIES (Geography, History, Science, Art, Foreign Language and Music): Children learn about people, their countries and the world through holiday celebrations, cultural observations, maps, flags, food, music, and pictures. Science activities and topics include differentiation between living and non-living things as well as between animals and plants (botany, zoology, ecology, etc.)
- Integrated half-hour of recess
12:00-1:00pm - Lunch
1:00-4:00pm - Quite Time/Individual Work*
*Integrated half-hour of recess
4:00-5:45pm - Enrichment
- Half-hour blocks of recess, arts & crafts, music & movement, and/or organized games
5:45-6:00pm - Group Story