a student sits at a table while working with a metal and wood hand-crank grinding machine
The Goodwater Primary classroom is a peaceful and ordered environment designed to nurture the learning and development of children ages 3 to 6. Using specially-created Montessori materials, each child is allowed to develop at their own pace under the guidance of their guide. The materials encourage the exploration of five major areas:
- Practical Life
- Sensorial experience
Work in the activity areas listed under the program summary supports the child’s growing independence and lays the foundation for literacy and numeracy. In the primary classroom, children develop coordinated movement and the ability to work in an orderly, sequenced manner, persevering at a task with focus and concentration. Functioning as a member of the community, the child begins to build social skills.
The Montessori Primary classroom is built on the understanding that children at this stage of development:
- Have an absorbent mind with a tremendous capacity to take in culture, language, and values of their environment.
- Need to explore their environment and understand it.
- Need order and routine to help them orient to their environment.
- Learn through observing and interacting with their environment through touching, feeling, looking, listening, and manipulating objects.
- Are learning to function independently in their environment.
- Are mastering and perfecting their movements.
- Are learning to use language to communicate their thoughts and feelings.
- All primary children attend school five days a week.
- PreK 3-year-olds attend from 7:55 a.m.- to 12:00 p.m.
- Aftercare is not available for PK3.