The Primary Classes meet from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Montessori instruction) and from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm (preschool enrichment program). Staff to student ratio for this program is approximately 1:13. Our programs are State approved educational programs for preschool children. All lead teachers meet the State of Maryland teaching requirements and are Montessori trained. Extended care is available for all primary classes from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Our primary program is year round including summer. Students who leave for the summer are not guaranteed their spots in September.
The primary program serves the needs of students aged 3 years to 5 years. At this stage, the child is eager to gather knowledge about his or herself and his/her environment. The child’s mind is now like a sponge, ready and waiting to absorb many of the details around him/her.
Key concepts of the Primary Program:
- Students in the primary program primary learn through their senses.
- Students are exposed to the following curricula – practical life, sensorial, math, language, geography, foreign language, and science. The classroom experience is further enriched by art and music.
- Further developing their independence, each student works through the lessons at his/her own pace.
- In the primary program, the teacher’s role is to encourage independence, sense of order, coordination, and concentration to further enhance the holistic growth of the child.
Requirements for Admission:
The child must be three years old by September 1 to enter the program. TOILET TRAINING IS REQUIRED for your child to be enrolled in our Primary programs. There will be a parent orientation meeting with the student’s teacher at which time any prior care records must be presented. Information regarding the student’s medical records must also be submitted to the office.