Children’s House

Primary     Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)     Extended Primary

The Children’s House/Primary environment is designed for children ages 2 1/2 to 6 years old. The child in the Children’s House Program, like the infant and toddler,  possesses what Dr. Montessori called the absorbent mind, the ability to absorb all aspects of one’s culture and environment without effort or fatigue. As an aid to this period of the child’ construction, individual work is encouraged. The areas of activity cultivate the child’s adaptation and ability to express and think clearly.

Practical life lessons instill care for self, others, and for the environment. Sensorial materials serve as tools to build cognitive skills and learn to order and classify impressions by touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, listening and exploring the physical properties of their environment. The environment is rich in oral language opportunities as well as lessons that promote the link between sound and symbol, encourage written expression and reading skills, and expose children to the study of grammar. All of these activities are supported with work in geography, biology, botany, zoology, art and music. Mathematic activities help children learn and understand the concepts of math by manipulating concrete materials.

The Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) and Extended Primary (Kindergarten) Programs are integrated into the Children’s House environment.

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