Primary - Ages 3-6
The philosophy of freedom and discipline in a Montessori pre-school classroom is often misunderstood, the rules in our classroom are few but consistent. Discipline grows as children react to the gradual freedom that is given to them as they are ready and capable of handling this freedom. Some picture a chaotic classroom when they hear ‘Montessori’, thinking the children can do anything they want. This is not what happens in a pre-school Montessori classroom. The children are permitted to choose their own ‘work’ based on the activities/lessons that have been presented to them. They may work with the material for as long as they’d like, and as often as they wish, provided no one else has already selected that work. With the freedom to choose their own work comes the responsibility of handling and putting it away correctly. This implies that there is a realistic respect for the materials and the other pre-school children as well as the environment. The children are free to work, to rest and walk around the room, to talk to a friend, or observe another child at work. They are not free to touch or disturb another child’s work, run or use loud voices, display bad manners, misuse the materials, or hurt another child. This helps the growth of inner discipline.
Freedom is absolutely necessary in the Montessori pre-school classroom. It is not enough to see or hear items described, it is necessary for the young child to touch, hold, and use things for the full satisfaction of the needs of inner life. Maria Montessori felt this was the basis of education.
The main purpose of the materials in the pre-school classroom is to attract the child’s will to do the exercise that we call work. A secondary aim is the sensorial or conceptual knowledge he/she acquires. Each child builds up his own involvement in his work and is his own timekeeper with no bells, alienating time blocks, or teacher imposed activities. Freedom allows the child to develop qualities of initiative, independence, persistence and concentration. These qualities cannot be taught, but learned by experience in the Montessori classroom.
Pre-School (Primary) Monthly Tuition Rates
Serving children 3 - 6 years
10% sibling discount
|Pre-School (Primary) is a five day per week program.|
|Full Days: 7:30 - 5:30||$743.00|
|3/4 Days: 8:30 - 3:00||$635.00|
|1/2 Days: 8:30 - 12:30||$423.00|
Pre-School (Primary) Forms
You will need to complete a General Admission form as well as the additional forms attached below for enrollment.
The attached Newsletter articles will give insight into the Primary classroom and Montessori philosophy.