Primary classrooms are peaceful, beautiful, and orderly learning environments. Our children learn with multi-sensory, hands-on Montessori materials. Our Montessori-trained teachers guide students individually through the curriculum. Children develop independence, self-motivation, and confidence while becoming responsible community members.
Amare’s teachers interact with children in a positive manner and are models of kind and respectful behavior. Each child is treated as a unique individual and is able to progress through the extensive and challenging Primary curriculum at an individual pace. All of our students receive individual presentations of new work and are then able to practice the work as much as necessary to achieve mastery. While academic excellence is an important goal, Primary classrooms also focus on the social, emotional, and physical development of the children, with the goal of helping children develop kindness, confidence, responsibility, curiosity, creativity, and self-direction.
The Practical Life activities are the foundation of the Primary Montessori classroom. Children gain the ability to concentrate, follow a sequence, and master fine motor skills through their repetition of the Practical Life materials. While mastering these lessons, students learn to care for themselves, others, and their environment. Grace and Courtesy lessons, a formal introduction to social graces, are encompassed within Practical Life lessons.
Our beautiful Sensorial materials were developed by Maria Montessori to refine the senses, since all information enters our brains through our five senses. This area includes dimensional materials such as the Pink Tower and Red Rods, as well as materials for refining touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. The Sensorial materials also develop order, concentration, and both gross and fine motor skills, and provide excellent preparation for academics.
Montessori math is a hands-on, concrete approach to learning about mathematical concepts. Our students are able to experience math in a multi-sensory manner, which helps them to develop a mental framework for learning abstract math concepts. Instead of rote memorization, children develop understanding. Our teachers present small concepts separately and sequentially, building on the child’s mastery.
Oral language, reading, and writing skills are developed in this area. Through the use of multi-sensory materials, children progress from learning sounds to reading books, from writing letters to writing stories. Children learn to read and to write in both manuscript and cursive. Our vibrant language area promotes a love of literacy.
Geography and Science
Children explore science and geography with a wide range of materials, learning an extensive vocabulary and widening their understanding of the world around them. Geography materials include the puzzle maps and the land and water forms, as well as a wide range of materials for the study of each continent. Our science materials include the solar system, magnetism, plant and animal studies, and a focus on the human body.
The curriculum for our Primary class also includes art activities, Spanish, music, and daily outdoor time.