Our five Primary Classes bring together children from 3 to 6 years of age. Mixing ages allows for older children to become role models for their younger classmates. A feeling of community develops as younger children are helped by the older students. The Montessori classroom is rich in oral language opportunities – listening to stories or reciting poems, singing, and conversing with others. These opportunities lead to the development of writing and reading. The math materials help children to develop an understanding of math concepts through the manipulation of concrete materials. This curriculum builds a secure foundation of math principles, skills, and problem-solving abilities.
A. At this age, your child displays greater independence in cognitive ability, in his or
her communication skills, as well as the ability to focus on tasks for longer
periods of time. With a more refined set of motor skills and a richer grasp of
language, activities are geared toward honing those abilities, such as drawing
shapes using metal insets.
B. There are five primary rooms at Lakewood Montessori. These rooms are spacious
and organized with purposefully planned activities that teach life skills such as
washing tables, pouring and spooning, washing up, and sweeping.
C. There are a vast amount of developmental materials for the senses, language,
culture, music, arts, and the sciences placed throughout the room. Letters made
of sandpaper to teach the alphabet and beads used to teach mathematical
principles are just a few of the common items found in a primary classroom.
D. Your child’s social intelligence and more complex developed sense of self will lead
them to seek new experiences with their peers and learn empathy, respect for
others, and how to harmoniously work with their fellow classmates. Students can
work together to put on plays and do art projects at shared table spaces to
promote positive peer interactions.
"The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, ’The children are now working as if I did not exist.’” ~Maria Montessori