Hoboken Montessori School
  toddler two's program

OVERVIEW
The Primary Program is a three-year program for children that turn 3 by October 1st to approximately 6 years old. The following schedules are available: (M-F) Half Day, Half Day & Lunch, Full Day, and Extended Day for 3 yr olds. M-F Full or Extended Day for children turning 4 yrs old by October 1st of the year enrolled through Kindergarteners.

PURPOSE
Children spend three years in the same classroom forming close relationships with their peers and teachers. Parents and children will enjoy the familiarity and continuity of this three-year cycle program, which culminates with the Kindergarten year.

DESCRIPTION
We strive to achieve and maintain a mixed age group in this classroom which is a fundamental feature of Montessori education. It encourages interdependence, collaboration, and leadership. The dynamic that develops between older children and younger children is fascinating to watch. Younger children learn by observing and working side-by-side with the older children. At the same time, the older children have the opportunity to become role models and reinforce what they have learned themselves.

During the day, teachers provide lessons using the unique Montessori materials, while children observe, practice, and explore. Over the course of the program, teachers provide increasingly complex activities, solidifying concepts and challenging each child to acquire a deeper understanding of how the materials can be utilized, manipulated, and interpreted.

The Primary Program includes activities in the interest areas of Practical Life, Language, Sensorial, Mathematics, Geography and Culture, and Science & Nature. In addition, a full array of enrichment in music, art, Spanish foreign language instruction, and yoga complement the program.

Practical Life
Through exercises in daily living, the child gains confidence as he cares for himself and the world around him. Activities enhance fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, balance, orderly thought, and independent work habits.

Language
Rich spoken language builds vocabulary while specialized materials support early writing enabling the child to express his or her knowledge without the precise control of a pencil. As a result, children are prepared and inspired to read.

Sensorial
Materials specifically designed to demonstrate qualities like color, size, shape, length, texture and sound refine the senses equipping the child to organize various sensory impressions. Many of these materials serve as concrete representations of mathematical concepts.

Math
Montessori math materials are beautifully designed for the child to “see” and “feel” concepts such as numeration, quantity, place value, fractions and operations. This strong conceptual understanding serves as a foundation for later problem solving and abstraction.

Geography & Culture
A child’s early exposure to the geography and landscape of the world encourages discussion and thought about how and why people are the same and different in places all around the world.

Science & Nature
Even children at a very young age can be encouraged to think critically. They discover facts, learn to classify items, predict the results of experiments, and even test their predictions. Activities such as “Sink or Float”, “Living or Non-Living”, “Magnetic or Non-Magnetic” provide an exciting introduction to the world of science.

Art & Music
The Primary classroom includes an ever-changing selection of art and creative activities for children. Preliminary art activities focus on building a child’s skillset; cutting, gluing, color selection etc. In addition, children will enjoy lessons on great artists, as well as matching and sorting activities with fine art prints.

 

american montessori society

The ancient saying, "There is nothing in the intellect which was not first in some way in the senses", and senses being explorers of the world, opens the way to knowledge”, says Dr. Maria Montessori.