Ages 3-6 years
Between the ages of 3-6, children are in an exciting period of growth and
development in which they begin to learn concrete academic, social, and
language skills. They develop their unique personalities and shape much
of their focus towards learning during this critical stage. In Starwood
Montessori School’s Primary Program, children can gain a sense of
independence and harbor an eagerness to learn through the proven techniques
based on the Montessori Method. During the Primary school years, students
can establish a lifelong passion for learning and discover the benefits
of a Montessori education.
As children grow and gain confidence in the Montessori classroom, the teacher
takes a step back as children begin to discover their love of learning.
In the Primary Program, students are free to learn at their own pace,
move around the room, work with physical materials designed for specific
lessons, and collaborate with one another to learn new information. With
the teacher’s guidance, students are encouraged to work independently
and practice problem solving skills with tangible learning materials.
This approach allows children to gain a concrete understanding of mathematic
fundamentals, written language, and social skills while maintaining their
Inside Starwood Montessori School’s Primary classrooms, you will
see resources available to students that one may not encounter in a traditional
Kindergarten classroom. A Montessori classroom provides students with
an organized atmosphere, making each student’s learning experience
his or her own. Here’s what Starwood Montessori School’s classrooms
provide for their students.
Student Independence – Students are naturally curious and eager to learn, so they become immersed
in lessons for a deeper understanding. Starwood Montessori School’s
teachers encourage students to follow their interests and master the lessons
they are working on before transitioning to a new lesson in the subject
they are focused on.
Technology in the Classroom – Primary students are introduced to the world of technology with access
to computers and tablets. The use of technology helps reinforce lessons
being taught in the classroom and allows them to work together in small groups.
Mathematical Exploration – Students continue to work with concrete materials in the Primary Program
to excel in their mathematical exploration. These materials help establish
basic mathematical skills, which prepares each student for Elementary classes.
Sensorial and Cultural Lessons – Children are constantly working with materials that allow them to explore
new shapes, colors, and patterns. As they discover new subjects, children
are given lessons with a unique cultural perspective, so they can begin
to appreciate the diversity that exists in and out of the classroom.
At Starwood Montessori School, we provide a dynamic learning environment
for all students with Montessori-certified instructors who are passionate
about quality education. If you are considering a private education for
your child, call us today at (214) 390-4854 and schedule a tour of our campus.
By the age of three, most children are developing independence, refining
their coordination and communication skills, and in many ways becoming
little scientists, eager to discover all they can about the world around them.
Children joining the Primary Program are ready to classify, sort, and refine
the various bits of knowledge they've been collecting since birth.
They become absorbed in the study of numbers and mathematical operations,
letters, words and their meanings, and the use of writing instruments
to express their thoughts both pictorially and through the written word.
They become more interested in geography, art, music, and the study of
nature. Computers are used to reinforce and enhance these studies.
Children are presented shapes, colors, and sizes in order to refine their
perceptions of the world. This lays the groundwork for problem solving
and encourages critical, independent thinking.
Letters and words are presented to students phonetically, first by writing,
then by reading what they have written. Children's literature becomes
an important part of the language program, with attractive reading areas
that encourage children to relax and enjoy books.
Montessori classrooms present mathematical concepts to children in a concrete,
hands-on manner. Children are able to comprehend numerations, mathematical
operations, the decimal system, fractions, and even algebraic concepts
at their most basic levels.
Social Studies, Science, and Geography are all integrated into the Primary
classes' curriculum allowing for the development of well-rounded individuals.
Additional unit studies include specific lessons in cooking, etiquette,
and basic life skills.
Practical Life exercises teach students about the care one self and one's
environment. These activities lay a foundation for learning by teaching
independence, coordination, concentration, and order, while also providing
a purpose to movement.
A sense of community develops in each classroom to provide a secure atmosphere
that supports the learning process. This is the most important learning
period in life, as it lays the emotional and intellectual groundwork for
future learning experiences. Three- and four-year-olds may attend two,
three, or five half or full days. 5 year olds are required to attend five
full days a week.