*AIA offers an Extended Day program for 4 and 5 year olds with early drop off beginning at 7:30 am and late pick up until 5:30 pm.
The Montessori Primary program is an opportunity to nurture your child’s individual development within the context of a group setting. He will emerge with social, emotional and academic skills while, more importantly, knowing how to thrive within a group.
The Montessori classroom is a prepared environment with over 300 individual lessons. Children receive individual and small group instruction, meeting each child’s developmental needs so that each child learns at their individual pace.
Young children possess a once-in-a-lifetime ability to absorb information and concepts from their surroundings. The Primary classroom is designed to meet the needs of your child in this crucial phase of life, impacting the amount of knowledge and skill she will have at her command, but more importantly, her attitudes toward herself, her world, and learning.
Practical Life is a bridge between home and the school environment. Lessons may include pouring, polishing, food preparation, cloth folding, table scrubbing, and sewing. Many lessons of Practical Life have a direct impact on other work through out the classroom. These lessons meet and expand a child’s need for independence and order. The child gains concentration, refinement of movement, and develops an attention for detail.
In the Montessori classroom, sensorial materials are designed to sharpen the young child’s senses by helping him distinguish and categorize new information and relate it to what he already knows. Each of the sensorial materials isolates one defining quality, such as color, weight, shape, size, texture, sound or smell.
Language begins with the development of vocabulary and the identification of letter sounds. By working with the sandpaper letters and the moveable alphabet, children learn to read and write. Children also learn to label their environment, developing more expressive communication which leads to a better understanding of their world and they are introduced to sentences, punctuation and beginning grammar.
Children are naturally attracted to the science of number. Montessori lessons in mathematics helps children learn and understand the math concepts by manipulating concrete materials. Various activities allow the child to internalize concepts of quantity, sequence, decimal system, place value, and to explore the processes of addition and subtraction. This work gives children a solid understanding of basic principles that prepare them for later abstract reasoning, problem-solving.