First Day of School is August 19
Arbor Graduation is May 29 at 6pm
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The Primary Classroom has been carefully prepared in a way that will nurture the child during her formative years, supporting the growth of her intellect and personality. The Casa dei Bambini, or the Children's House, serves as the child's home away from home. The classroom is beautifully appointed with child-sized furniture that she recognizes from home: cozy chairs, decorative lamps rugs, paintings, tables, and even a refrigerator. The Montessori materials, each with a pedagogical purpose, are distributed throughout the classroom for the child to explore. The teacher gradually introduces them to the child based on his or her readiness. When allowed the freedom to learn this way, children develop their nature love of work and a respect for their environment.
A child's social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth is fostered and supported.
Social: Grace and Courtesy lessons help with the development of compassion, respect and helpfulness. Children become cooperative members of the classroom community.
Emotional: Children gain a sense of competence and experience self-respect as they master new skills. They make choices and practice appropriate and effective communication.
Physical: Specially designed materials and lessons help children develop fine and large motor control, and coordination.
Intellectual: Lessons and materials promote independence, concentration, and academic development. Children work with lessons that include Language, Mathematics, Geography, Science and Art. Spanish is offered once a week.
Independence, concentration, coordination and social skills are learned and refined through the exercises of Practical Life. Whether it is preparing snack or arranging flowers, children feel a sense of accomplishment and joy.
Primary age children are sensorial learners. Lessons in this area are designed to foster and support the refinement of the senses. Through exploration of the Sensorial material, children categorize and organize the qualities of the world around them.
The Language program focuses on Spoken Language, Writing and Reading. Starting with cursive Sand Paper Letters and phonetic sounds, children experience a wide range of lessons that prepare them for creative writing and reading phonetically and in some cases fluently.
The decimal bead material gives children a strong foundation and a deep understanding of the four operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They are then presented with lessons that help them to memorize simple math facts. Children experience geometry through several Sensorial materials.
The concepts of earth, water, continents and countries are explored in this area. Children use an extensive vocabulary for botany, zoology and cultural concepts.
All Day Primary Program:
Arbor offers an All-Day primary program that serves 2 ½ to 6 years olds. The children may arrive as early as 7:30am and may stay until 6:00pm. Children in the all-day class experience the same nurturing adults and familiar home-like atmosphere as the traditional programs. After a morning of purposeful work, the all-day children share in a community lunch (provided by the family) and afternoon playtime. After lunch, the younger children rest in a quiet area of the classroom while the five and six year old children continue Montessori work in all four areas of the curriculum. After their rest period, the younger children rejoin the classroom. The core school day ends at 3:30pm, and children may be picked up at any time between 3:30 to 6:00pm.
What Comes Next:
Children’s developmental characteristics change as they come to the end of their stay in the Primary classroom. They are now ready to continue their exploration in the elementary environment that supports their natural tendency and enthusiasm for larger concepts and abstract thinking.