Conversational Spanish and Mandarin Chinese languages are introduced through an oral and audio-visual approach.
The formation and structure of irregular words and sounds help to train and exercise vocal chords and muscles not normally used in the child's native language.
Games and group exercises demonstrate common phrases, words, and songs in a foreign tongue and make their acquisition a most enjoyable activity for the children.
In Science, students are exposed to many hands-on exercises that allow them to match and name plants, animals and many more.
Through experimentation, students discover and relate information about our world. Experiments involving plants, the sun, and chemical changes to name a few, keep our young students thinking, observing and asking many questions.
In the Practical Life area of the classroom, children perfect their coordination. They develop independence through care of self and the environment, and gradually lengthen their attention span by becoming absorbed in an activity.
They learn to pay attention to details, follow a regular sequence of actions and develop good working habits. Grace and courtesy skills are encouraged and gives our students a sense of respect for others.
Reading, Writing and Language Arts
In the Language area of our classrooms, students work towards gaining skills in reading, writing, spelling, penmanship and grammar. Through naming and matching exercises there are numerous materials that help to increase our students vocabulary.
Our Primary Programs are available at these locations:
(12 months through Pre-K)
12910 N. 56th Street
Tampa, FL 33617
4001 Skipper Road
Tampa, FL 33613
(12months through 5th Grade)
1901 W. Waters Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604
(3months through 6th Grade)
2967 NE Silver Springs Boulevard
Ocala, FL 34470
In the Primary classrooms, ages 3 to 6 years, we help children to reason and explore by providing materials that promote hands-on learning. The Curriculum includes one-on-one and small group lessons in the areas mentioned below.
Our Montessori environment allows for repetition of activities while using a variety of didactic equipment.
Our Special Reading Program teaches children as young as 3 years old to read. Below is a brief description of the areas of learning in the Montessori Primary environment.
The Sensorial exercises stimulate the learning process by appealing to our five senses. They help the child to make accurate judgments and comparisons of size, shape, color, sound, taste and smell.
The Sensorial hands-on materials also help to increase the ability to focus, improve fine motor skills and prepare our students for more advanced skills in Geometry and Math.
Students learn basic math concepts by using hands-on materials. A child in a Montessori class never sits down to just memorize addition, multiplication, and subtraction facts; he learns these facts by actually performing the operations with concrete materials.
Through the use of Counting Materials, Golden Beads, Stamp Game, Bead Frame, Fraction Insets and much more, our children are able to grasp many math concepts that relate to:
* Associating quantity and symbols
* Understanding the decimal system
* Recognizing numbers and quantities from 1 through 9,999
* Recognizing odd and even numbers
* Understanding concepts of time, money, measurement, and more
* Beginning processes of addition, multiplication, subtraction, division
* Understanding simple word problems
Art and Music
Art is a way for children to express themselves, communicate their feelings and help to develop fine motor skills.
When it comes to art, it is the process that gives the child satisfaction and inner joy and not the final product.
Our children enjoy singing, moving and listening to a variety of music and songs. Through body movements, dance and activities they learn about different tempos and rhythms.
Reading and writing are accomplished by use of our movable alphabet, sandpaper letters, metal insets, our unique reading lessons and more. When ready, students find joy in taking home special reading pages on a weekly basis.
Our schools have been known for its success in teaching our young students to read. The majority of Primary students not only learn to read at various levels but are also able to spell and correctly form letters as they write the words in which they are able to read.
Geography and History
Maria Montessori expressed that "the young child is more interested in what and where than the how and why."
Through the use of beautiful Montessori maps, globes, puzzles, other hands-on equipment, and unit studies, our children are exposed to learning the names of the continents, oceans, countries, flags, and states.
They enjoy learning about different cultures, geographical climates, customs, and languages of people all over the world. Our students are also exposed to common land formations such as islands, lakes, and peninsulas by working with clay model replicas.