The Pre-Primary Classroom
3 to 5 Years Old
At Pennington Montessori the Pre-Primary classrooms are made up of children ranging in age from 3 years to 5 years/Kindergarten. Occasionally children as young as two and a half may join the Pre-Primary program if they have demonstrated a general readiness (as determined by their Toddler teacher or during their interview) and the parents and teacher agree that the child possesses the skills to be successful in the Pre-Primary program. Each classroom consists of a mix of these ages, enabling children to learn from and help one another. By careful design, the range of Pre-Primary materials and activities satisfies both the youngest child’s interest in concrete manipulatives, and the older child’s increasing understanding of abstract concepts. Whenever possible we encourage families to enroll in the full three year cycle of Pre-Primary (including Kindergarten) as the program is designed such that the benefits of a Montessori education are accrued year over year.
The Pre-Primary program focuses on developing the foundation of skills and concepts necessary for the studies of reading, writing and mathematics. These and other basic readiness skills are developed in the Pre-Primary classroom through a multifaceted curriculum which includes science, outdoor education, movement, social studies and geography. In addition, practical life activities such as buttoning, pouring and washing provide the children with the practical experience necessary to building self-confidence and independence.
Children in the Pre-Primary program regularly attend Curriculum Enrichment activities outside of their classroom, such as Spanish language and culture and outdoor education.
Although fully integrated into the Pre-Primary classroom in the mornings, full-day nap-age children (under the age of 4) will enjoy a dimmed classroom and quiet music to help soothe them to sleep in the afternoon. Nap aged children are provided mats and bedding to sleep on and children who no longer require a nap will remain in their classroom throughout the day.
All of our Pre-Primary Teachers have been trained and accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS), with a specialization in teaching the Pre-Primary age-group.