Time to blossom! The Primary Program for Preschool Children
The primary program is designed to support the developmental needs and goals of children 2½ - 5 years old. Children of mixed ages come together with a certified Montessori teacher and assistant in a community that fosters independence, respect and joyful, active learning.
The carefully prepared environment is designed to educate the whole child—emotional, social, cognitive, and physical.
The classroom is organized into specific Montessori curriculum areas— practical life, sensorial, art, language, math, science and cultural geography—with lessons presented to individuals and small groups. Based on individualized observation, the teacher is able to guide each child based on his learning style, interest, and need. This child-centered approach to teaching is a hallmark of an authentic Montessori education. The results are children who are curious, self-confident, problem-solvers and critical thinkers. In an atmosphere that emphasizes respect, they learn to value individual difference and partnership. They become active participants in their classroom environment and community.
If your child is new to preschool, Pinewoods offers a 3 day a week option to help children adjust. Please let us know if you're interested in that option.
This video helps parents of three and four-year-old children who are enrolled in a Montessori school to understand and appreciate the importance of the third (or kindergarten) year in the early childhood Montessori program.
The Extended Day (Kindergarten) Program
The extended day program is specifically designed to meet the changing needs of children 5 years of age.
After spending the morning in the multi-aged primary program, these children have the opportunity to enjoy lunch with one another, followed by an additional work period in the classroom. Five year-olds are interested in and ready to explore in greater depth advanced lessons in language, math, and the cultural subjects of science and geography. As they receive daily individualized and small group lessons, not only do their academic skills increase dramatically, but they continue to grow social skills, leadership abilities, and the confident self-esteem that can last a lifetime.