Primary II

“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” -Dr. Maria Montessori

 

Our Bilingual Montessori Primary II Program

3 – 5 years

CdN_4506Our Bilingual Montessori Primary II 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 II classroom environment to encourage:

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 II program prepares children for Junior 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 Junior Elementary class. In the Kindergarten year, when they are ready, we invite children to visit the Junior Elementary class one day a week to help transition and prepare them for the full immersion environment.

Areas of Learning:

The Importance of Montessori for the Kindergarten Year