Montessori Primary Classroom (age 3 – 6)

Children at this age learn through all their senses. They have an inherent ability to absorb information from their surroundings. Maria Montessori called this developmental period the 'the Absorbent Mind.' She recognized that the environment children learn in should facilitate this natural curiosity and development of independence.
Therefore, the Primary classroom is an uncluttered, thoughtfully prepared environment with well-defined spaces for each part of the curriculum, such as Language Arts, Math, and Culture. Students are encouraged to move, touch and explore scientifically designed and displayed Montessori materials that fill this prepared environment. Teachers guide each student to new lessons and challenges. They are the link between the child and the environment. Teachers observe and record data to track each child's growth, mastery of skills, lessons given and needed. All this encourages discovery and fosters your child's development of independence, concentration, sequential thought, and controlled physical movement.

PROGRAMS OFFERED
Primary 1 Level - 3 year olds

3 half days - $3,000 (T,W,T)
* Students need to be potty trained and 3 years old by July 1st, 2022

Primary 2 - 4 year olds
3 half days - $3,000 (T,W,T)
Or
5 half days -$5,000
* Students need to be 4 years old by July 1st, 2022

Primary 3 - Kindergarten 
5 half days - $5,000
or 
2 full days (M & F) & 3 half days (T,W,T)
$6,500
or
5 full days - $8,500
* K student need to be 5 years old by July 1st, 2022

School Hours:
Half Day - 8:25 AM - 12:20 PM
Full Day - 8:25 AM - 3:10 PM

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT EACH YEAR IN THE PRIMARY CLASSROOM:

3 YEAR OLDS:
We offer 3 half days for these students as we don't want to push them during their introductory year of school but instead expose them to the optimum learning environment of 3 days.

4 YEAR OLDS:
We offer the option of 3 or 5 half days for these students as they tend to have more stamina and the ability to focus for longer periods; therefore can present more advanced works that are developmentally appropriate.

KINDERGARTEN YEAR:
This program is ideally for children of kindergarten age who have attended Oak Arbor Montessori School or another Montessori program for at least one year. This special program is based on the Montessori primary curriculum and the Core Knowledge Sequence and is designed especially for the Montessori kindergarten child.

We have a July 1st cut off date in place to support placement of children in our program.  We have had many years of experience with students being very young for their class and have determined that this date supports keeping children on the older side of their classes.  This is something that seems best for the academic, social, and emotional state of children. Therefore 3 year old students need be 3 years old by July 1st, 2022 and potty trained to be eligible for our Primary Classroom, 4  year old students need be 4 years old by July 1st, 2022 and Kindergartners need to be 5 by July 1, 2022.

Erika Hyatt - Lead Primary Guide
Denielle Schnarr - Primary Classroom Assistant
https://oakarborschool.org/faculty/