At the primary level, three- to six-year-old children use manipulative materials to train their hands and minds.
Certified Montessori teachers provide individual lessons that enable each child to advance at his or her own pace. Lessons and activities are grouped into five general categories: practical life, sensorial, language, cultural subjects (history and geography), and mathematics. The lessons foster independence, confidence, self-esteem, and self-control, laying out a foundation for academic success.
A Montessori primary classroom feels like a home. You will see children working in small groups or happily working individually, at tables, or on the floor on small mats.
Classrooms include child-sized furniture, spaces for quiet reading, low shelves with work available, and child-sized utensils so the students can prepare, eat, and clean up their snacks on their own.