PROGRAM

The Montessori Pre-Primary classroom is made up of four main areas of the classroom where the children are encouraged to work independently: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language and Mathematics. There are tables placed randomly throughout the classroom where they are needed for activities requiring a hard surface.  The majority of the children's work is done on small rugs on the floor, the most comfortable place for a child to work.  This also defines the child's place of work and to gives the child a sense of his or her own space.

Many of the materials in the classroom were originally designed by Maria Montessori and a large quantity is hand made by the teachers.  All have a built-in correction of error.  This frees the child of the teacher and allows the child to correct him/her self, which gives the child a more independent feeling toward learning.

In a Montessori classroom, a child is given the opportunity of free choice so that he/she can feel the excitement of learning by making their own choices, rather than following a set plan.  The classroom changes to suit the needs of the children.  A child's skills for learning are practiced by using the wide range of Montessori materials in the classroom environments.  When children are able to work in this way, they more than prepare themselves for future learning situations.  In addition, children learn to be responsible for their own learning, which is a key to success later in school.

The adult/child ratio in the Pre-Primary is at least one adult to ten children.