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18 Months-36 Months

Program Options:
Two, Three or Five Days 
Half Day 8:45am-11:45am
Full Day 8:45am-3:00pm

Pre-primary student at work

The pre-primary program enhances the children's knowledge and independence while helping create a solid foundation and trust in their abilities. The environment is designed to appeal to the child's natural curiosity and meet this age's diverse developmental needs.  It is a peaceful space where toddlers play a meaningful role in their own care, the care of their environment, and social interactions.


Maria Montessori believed that a child's normal development is a series of small triumphs in independence. The classroom is prepared in such a way as to support these small steps while still allowing the child to focus on the ultimate goal of self-construction. The prepared environment offers a complete range of activities.

The Pre-Primary Curriculum

Practical Life

The child will experience real-life situations and activities promoting dressing and undressing, sweeping, polishing, and hand washing in this area. Fine motor activities involve spoons, laddles, spreaders, minor pitchers for pouring, and tongs. The children love the food preparation lessons when they learn how to slice bananas, juice oranges, and even cinnamon toast.

Sensory Awareness

The child discovers the world around him through the use of his senses. In the Montessori method, sensorial activities include color, shape, and size recognition using multiple senses like touch and sight. Exploring different smells and tastes can be another fun way to explore lessons. Listening and identifying sounds can be integrated into one lesson to enhance an activity.  

Language Activities

Language activities build on the foundation established in the first two years of life. There is plenty of singing, finger plays, and "conversation" time to make language learning fun. Bringing stories to life with felt boards or figurines is a favorite lesson in the toddler class. The environment also includes plenty of matching, ordering, and naming.


The children have a " hands-on" environment for learning concrete math concepts. Various materials are available for counting, number recognition, and pattern activities.  



Art activities are always available and open-ended in the pre-primary classroom, focusing on the process rather than the product. 

Large Motor Development

Extensive motor development is encouraged through playground time and indoor activities, as well as during music.

Social Development

Social development occurs throughout the morning routine as the children play with manipulatives like puzzles and blocks and participate in circle time, snack time, and story time.

Pre-primary student at work
Pre-primary student at work
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