The Primary Years

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As parents and teachers, we have the privilege of safeguarding and witnessing the unique unfolding of each child’s hidden potential and personality. The child between the ages of three and six explores the world through all of his senses — sight, touch, taste, smell and sound. Through this sensorial exploration, and through movement and the development of language, the child creates order from his sense impressions and begins the process of self-construction on a conscious level.

We present the child with an environment and a curriculum that celebrates this task and honors the child’s developmental needs. The classrooms are designed to respond to the child’s need for order, freedom of movement and choice, repetition, consistency and independence. Multi-aged classes, enticing materials and activities carefully presented by trained adults inspire the children to be joyful, proactive learners within a nurturing community.

“That humanity which is revealed in all its intellectual splendor during the sweet and tender age of childhood should be respected with a kind of religious veneration. It is like the sun which appears at dawn or a flower just beginning to bloom. Education can not be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life.”
— Maria Montessori