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Primary Program
Ages 2 years 9 months – 6 years

“The environment must be rich in motives, which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences”- Maria Montessori

A Montessori education is a cumulative process that develops a child’s capacity for life-long learning. This happens through a period of time that allows a child to gain independence, build confidence, concentrate, and absorb his or her experiences with the Montessori materials. Essentially, we open up a child’s curious nature toward learning. It is a building block that starts at age 2 years 9 months of age and continues through the “kindergarten” year. The kindergarten year is the learning culmination when the child internalizes the previous concrete experiences and builds a strong educational foundation. The value of the first two years cannot be fully realized by the child if he/she does not experience the entire program. The three-year (or sometimes four-year) cycle fulfills the promise of a Montessori education, and it is a detriment to the individual child, as well as to the school community, when a child leaves before completing the entire cycle of the Primary Program.

Lizzie Juicing
Food Preparation is part of the environment