Our Bilingual Montessori Primary program is designed to foster independence and provide a peaceful environment where each child can develop physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally. Dr. Montessori discovered that children under six have a universal ability to absorb knowledge from their surroundings just by living. She called this “the absorbent mind.” Because the child’s mind is so absorbent, this is a critical time for language development.
In order to activate each “child’s own natural desire to learn,” we have structured our bilingual Primary classroom environment to encourage:
- Exploration and discovery — concrete materials allow children to learn by touching and manipulating objects
- Sensory stimulation — multi-sensory materials encourage visual order, calm sounds, variety of textures
- Order — children have an innate need to know where things belong and how pieces fit together
- Movement control — opportunities for children to master the movements of their own bodies
- Repetition — work that children enjoy doing again and again to master a concept
- Routine — helps children find order in their day and feel safe and confident; helps them explore their environment in a structured way
The teachers observe and guide each child on his or her own educational path and honor the Montessori principle that each child learns at his or her own pace. The hands-on Montessori materials are self-correcting, fostering independence and accomplishment throughout the learning process.
The multi-age classroom allows children to learn as quickly or slowly as they need to rather than being limited by a curriculum. This fosters self-esteem and self-confidence. In addition, the older children develop leadership skills in mentoring the younger children, and the younger children look up to and learn from their older peers.
The Primary program prepares children for Elementary work by gradually moving from concrete materials to abstract concepts. The children learn concentration, independence, language skills, time management, responsibility and respect—all of which prepare them well for a successful transition into the Elementary class.