Primary Program

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AM Program                                         8:20 AM to 11:20 AM                  3 years old to 4 years old

PM Program                                        12:30 PM to 3:30 PM                    3 years old to 4 years old

Extended Day Program                      8:20 AM to 3:30 PM                      3 years old to 6 years old

Full Day Program                                8:20 AM to 6:00 PM                      3 years old to 6 years old

Early care is available from 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

 

In The Absorbent Mind, Dr. Montessori wrote, “The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when man’s intelligence itself, his greatest implement is being formed.”

The goal of the Primary curriculum is not to have the child memorize facts from a pre-selected course of study but rather to cultivate the child’s own natural desire to learn.

DSCN1066Children experience the excitement of learning by moving freely about the classroom and choosing their own work.  The prepared environment is a learning laboratory for exploration and discovery.

The wide and varied curriculum includes language, mathematics, geography, history, science & nature, cultural awareness, arts & crafts, and music & creative movement.

In all these areas, children learn hands-on through the use of beautiful concrete materials and direct interaction with the environment.

At this stage, the Montessori School of Orlando (MSO) assists in the complex coordination of mind and body that must take place in the first few years of the child’s life.

Hence, in our Primary Program, we place importance in the training of the intellectual faculties of the child.

Taking into account that the development of the intellectual faculties is dependent on the development of the corresponding organs, the method we put into effect also trains the body.

Here, we create an environment exclusively and scientifically designed to accelerate a child’s development in a setting wherein an adult, in this case one of our teachers, acts merely as an observer in the classroom who provides much needed assistance only at the right time, in the right manner, with the right means, and for the right purpose.

Based on their observation and ongoing evaluation of individual needs, an MSO teacher guides the child in learning with specific lessons.

DSCN0994Another important function of an MSO teacher is to set reasonable limits and foster responsibility in each child. These guidelines must be true to the child’s sense of fairness, be consistent with values and attitudes outside of the school environment, and respond to their developmental needs.

This is the approach we apply in this particular program because we sincerely believe that the secret of any great teacher is helping learners get to the point where their minds and hearts are open and they are ready to learn.

Our educators play a different role, serving as facilitators, mentors, coaches, and guides.

In this program, classroom activities usually include lessons in practical life exercises and lessons in sensorial exploration which are anchored to lessons in language, arithmetic, geometry, geography, history, botany, zoology and music.

Curriculum Overview

Practical Life Exercises

Practical Life Exercises are designed for a child to learn how to do living activities in a purposeful way.

This curriculum’s primary aim is to help the child gain control in the coordination of his/her movement, to acquire independence, and to adapt to his/her society.

Here, we teach a child through activities that include personal and professional care practices related to most aspects of living – activities for the preservation of health (regular hygienic practices) and the protection of the environment (disposing trash properly).

Our task is simply to demonstrate the correct way of doing these exercises in a way that allows a child to fully observe the movements.

The goal is to show the actions so that the child can go off and repeat the activity in his/her own successful way.

The exercises are meant to resemble everyday activities; thus, we use materials that are familiar, real, and functional. We also utilize materials that are related to the child’s time and culture.

 

Sensorial Activities

In this curriculum, we concentrate on the refinement of a child’s sense experiences such as dimension, color, texture, sound, and sight.

The purpose and aim of sensorial work is for your child to acquire clear, conscious information and to be able to then make classifications in his/her environment.

Since sensorial experiences begin at birth (as Maria Montessori maintains that a child is inherently a sensorial explorer), we offer the first steps in organizing, and then refining those chaotic impressions that your child has so far encountered.

Through work with the sensorial materials, the child is given knowledge to classifying the things around him, which leads to the child making his/her own experiences in his/her environment.

 

Teaching of Language

Because language is an intricate involvement in the process of thinking, a child will need to be spoken to and listened to often.

Also, he or she will need to experience different modes of language and to hear and tell stories. Most importantly, your child needs to feel free and be encouraged to communicate with others.

It is in this aspect that MSO will provide him or her with a broad exposure to language, with correct articulation, enunciation, and punctuation.

Throughout all the activities involved in this curriculum, a child will be learning at his/her own rhythm to allow him or her to concentrate on the learning of each important step in language. Thus, each progressive step is done easily.

Still, the language development of a child lies within our trained teaching staff who will support the child in his/her learning, give order to classify what has been learned, help build self-confidence, and provide meaningful activities.

Because while our culture may believe that preschool teachers are the least significant educators, in reality, the contribution that they offer is of incredible importance in a child’s education.

And so, by the time he or she leaves our classroom after the age of six, your child will have become an articulate person, being able to communicate feelings in well-formed sentences and expressing these thoughts and feelings in a skillful handwriting.

He or she will have the ability to write in different styles and about a variety of subjects. Your precious child will also have a firm grasp in the effective use of language at a level where he will be the master of his/her words.

 

Teaching of Arithmetic

In an MSO primary classroom, a child is introduced to precise quantitative terms as it is associated with name and symbol.

Counting will also be presented to a child as a means for him/her to abstract and hold arithmetic quantities in his/her mind.

But first, he or she has to understand that counting requires classifying the quality of “oneness” or “twoness” from the object or objects that represent them.

In this regard, the MSO Method has a series of scientifically designed activities that enable the child to make distinctions between “one-ness,” “two-ness,” and “ten-ness”.

After a child has familiarized himself with the first ten numbers, he is given a “whole” picture of the decimal system which is characterized by the arrangement of quantities into successive hierarchies of order that allows us to comprehend vast quantities by relating them to smaller ones. TEN units are too much to handle, therefore we create ONE ten, and so on.

Through a series of scientifically designed exercises which your child can repeat, he comes to realize the simple and elegant nature of the decimal system.

Your child will likewise be introduced to the dynamic manner in which quantities are manipulated in the decimal system.

What comes next in a child’s learning process is the introduction to the most basic arithmetic combinations–addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

These mathematical operations are introduced through a variety of means that allows the child to understand the nature of the process by which he may commit the applications to memory.

When a child discovers that he has both a conceptual understanding of the decimal system and the skill of computing, he makes the transition to doing arithmetic operations abstractly or “mentally”.

 

The Other Subjects

The MSO Method also introduces geography, history, botany, zoology and music to a child in a pattern that follows a similar plan.

It endeavors to present such subjects to a child as a means to his or her self-development: at the right time, in the right manner, by the right means, and for the right purpose. The child begins at the perceptual (sensorial) level and then gradually works towards a greater and greater abstract understanding of the subject matter.

Parents are assured that their child who goes through our curriculum will be among the very best students in the years to come because of their early start.

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