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Primary Class

Pre-K Through Kindergarten

Ages 3 to 6 years old

This multi-age class forms a community of 25-30 children all working together or alongside one another. The Primary Montessori classroom is divided into sections in which the child is able to explore various subjects. In this type of setup, a 3-year-old can explore a practical life exercise, a 4-year-old can discover the wonders of language skills, and a 5-year-old can write a poem or teach a younger child to trace numbers.

A Typical Day

  • 8:45 a.m. – The day starts with a welcoming circle, songs, parsha and tefilah (prayers).
  • 9:00 a.m. – The children move into a morning routine of Montessori “work”, where they can enjoy snacks as they please. The children sing and learn Hebrew throughout the day.
  • 11:30 a.m. – They will visit the playground and play outside for half an hour.
  • 12 noon – Return to the classroom for lunch.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Free play time.
  • 1:00 p.m. – Older children who can stay longer will resume the Montessori classroom work. Younger children will continue free play at our playroom or outside.

Other activities

Our enrichment program includes arts and crafts projects on relevant subjects of the school curriculum:

  • Little Hands Baking
  • Yoga class
  • Music classes
  • Art classes
  • Field trips

Key Facts:

  • 3-6 years old, August 30th birthday cutoff
  • Full & half-day options
  • 5 days a week
  • Potty training available with staff
  • September 1st registration cutoff

The child’s mind receives impressions of his environment through the senses. Small – Smaller,- Smallest is one exercise where a child can understand sizes and dimension. The sensorial material assists this natural process by helping the child order and classify these impressions. Sensorial materials isolate one particular quality such as color, sound, texture, size, shape, temperature, and weight. Sensorial materials include color tablets, cylinder blocks, geometric shapes, and solids.

These are activities the child sees in their everyday environment. Practical life materials teach the child how to tie, button, snap, zip and use other fastening devices.

The child cares for the classroom environment by washing tables and chairs, mopping, dusting and polishing, while developing small and large muscle coordination. Development of the social graces is another important aspect. The child is shown how to be polite, courteous and thoughtful of others.

Practical life activities develop and expand the child’s concentration time and provide the foundation of a Montessori education.

The child’s vocabulary is enriched in the Montessori classroom through the use of objects in the environment, pictures, illustrations, stories, poems, conversation and sensorial materials.

The Montessori child learns to read by the phonics method: introducing the child to phonics with sandpaper letters allows him/her to hear the sound, see and feel the shape of the letter and train his muscles for writing. Language cards are used to develop vocabulary, spelling and to expand the child’s knowledge of varied subjects from dinosaurs to art. Our program also includes the Hebrew language: vocabulary and verbal practice, letter recognition and movable alphabet. Reading and writing are introduced at the advanced level.

Math materials give the child a concrete experience before dealing with the abstract. The child is first introduced to the quantity and then the symbol for the numbers 1 through 10, followed by work with the teens and tens. Using beads and number cards, the child learns the basis of the decimal system and is taught the processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Only after the child develops a complete understanding of these functions in the concrete, does he begin a gradual process of working with the many math materials that will lead to the more abstract numbers.

Hands-on materials give the child a firm understanding of the physical world. The young child learns the differences between the many land and water forms. Puzzle maps of each continent allow the child to learn the names of all the countries and later their capitals.

Cultural lessons designed around the maps are used to teach history. Stories capture the child’s imagination and help him learn about the world.

Years later, Montessori students report how easy it is for them to remember names of countries and cities around the world because of their early experiences with Montessori geography materials.

The young child is presented with many art projects and simple science experiments. Singing, rhythm games, and folk dances are important activities in the Montessori program. The children also learns about famous composers and artists through stories and by listening to their music. The class plants and grows seeds for Tu B’Svat, and learns forms of trees and plants as part of their discoveries.

We celebrate our Jewish life with a Shabbat party each week, including the story of the parasha. We also celebrate the Jewish holidays throughout the year. Our Judaic curriculum has been reviewed and designed for children to learn independently.

We use many hands-on materials to learn important lessons, stories, and skills. We teach our students through circle time and by presenting lessons to the class. The materials are then available for the children to explore.

All students learn about the upcoming chagim as well as the customs and mitzvot that come along with them.