Primary (3 to 5 years)
Here in Primary, our heritage as America's oldest continuously running Montessori school is evident the moment you walk in to any of the Primary classrooms. From the sandpaper letters to the colorful bead cabinet, the spaces are designed to facilitate exploration, delight the senses and invite learning. And what makes a Montessori classroom even better? The International Baccalaureate's units of inquiry which extend and enhance the students' exploration of the environment and develop their sense of international-mindedness.
Just like in Stepping Stones, our Primary teachers follow the children as they become actively engaged in the learning process, gaining a deeper sense of pride and ownership for their accomplishments because their work is always meaningful. You'll watch in amazement as your children develop the confidence and independence that will empower them as learners and fuel a curiosity that will last a lifetime.
- Learn through inquiry, ask questions, think critically and develop problem-solving skills
- Work individually, with a partner, or in groups
- Develop a sense of international-mindedness, exploring cultural differences and others' perceptions and perspectives
- Engage in learning activities in the areas of practical life, sensory development, math, language, art, science and social studies
- Develop social skills through collaborative play
- Practice grace and courtesy
- A balance of structure and flexibility that allows for the natural development of each child's physical, emotional and cognitive skills.
- A beautiful, orderly environment to entice children to explore and to reinforce their innate sense of curiosity
- Outdoor space adjoined to each classroom, allowing for large motor play time and additional natural space for exploration, in addition to a large common playground space