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Teresa Garrett

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Primary

Children ages 3 through Kindergarten

As young children begin exploring beyond the bounds of their own immediate surroundings, the Montessori Method — and the Acorn Montessori School — are prepared to help nurture their emerging curiosity, their sense of discovery, and their creativity. Our Primary classrooms, created for children ages 3 through 6, have been designed to foster the development of their linguistic, cognitive, and motor skills. They also help children explore the important roles they have to play within their family, their community, and their culture.

The Primary program is located in two different spaces. Children may be placed in the Green House, which houses the Red Oak classroom, or the Children’s House, which houses the Black Oak and Chinquapin Oak classrooms. All of Acorn’s Primary classrooms are warm spaces similar to a family room with carpeting and large windows for ample natural lighting.

teacher giving lessons

Programs:

Morning class:
8.45am to 11.45am

Afternoon class:
12.30pm to 2.45pm

Full-day class:
8.45am to 2.45pm

Breakfast Club:
7.30am to 8.45am

Rainbow Club:
2.45pm to 6.00pm

Vacation Care:
Available on days classes are not offered and parents require child care.

Additional Programs:
During the fall and spring, after school workshops are available for primary age children. that may include dance, art, science, soccer, cooking, and drama.

Primary Curriculum

Nurturing Emerging Growth

Reading, writing, math, and other cognitive skills are encouraged and developed in this program, as we introduce a number of activities designed to foster both logical reasoning and abstract thinking. However, while we begin to incorporate academic components into each child’s day — with sequential work in the arts, language, math, geography, and the sciences — we do so in such a way that makes learning a joyful experience. Children work both on their own and as parts of small groups, giving them the freedom to explore while teaching them the importance of cooperation.

A Typical Primary Day

Girl painting on easelA typical day for Primary students begins with an uninterrupted work cycle in which children choose from among a number of age-appropriate tasks that introduce concepts in math, language, science, or history. Children receive group, as well as individual lessons, through the support and guidance of Montessori certified teachers.

At the end of the morning children either go home or remain for lunch and/or the afternoon Montessori session. The lunch program incorporates setting tables, grace and courtesy, table conversation, and clean-up. The afternoon session continues similar to the morning.

Both morning and afternoon sessions go out on the playground daily (weather permitting), and both have snack.