• Primary

    Primary System

    A Primary Montessori Classroom is designed for the 3-6 year old child, offering him or her the most stimulating environments that can be offered. Because the classroom is child focused and not teacher focused, it will operate very differently. It has very specific design features that often sets it apart from other preschool classrooms.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    1. What is the CUT-OFF AGE? Why?
    • For primary - 2 yr 9 months

      It is because, Dr. Maria Montessori characterized the 3 to 6 year-old child as possessing an extra ordinary ability to absorb information from his or her surroundings. She named this quality "the absorbent mind."

      Preschoolers use all of their senses when they explore their environment, readily picking up language and culture. Dr. Maria Montessori had a motto for this age group: "help me to do it myself." Development during this period focuses on learning to be independent. The environment should support this natural drive, enabling the child to become competent and confident. The Montessori approach embraces the full development of the youngster, addressing all aspects (physical, social, emotional and cognitive) of the child.

    2. What is the difference between Montessori and traditional education?
    • Montessori emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love for learning. Montessori classes place children in three-year age groups (3-6, 6-9, 9-12, and so on), forming communities in which the older children spontaneously share their knowledge with the younger ones. Montessori represents an entirely different approach to education.

      For Elementary - child has to come from a recognized AMI Primary environment ( 6y)/AMI Elementary environment (6-10y)