Primary
(Ages 3-6)

A year-round Montessori Program

The Montessori Children's House is for children 3 years through Kindergarten and is based on a three year curriculum cycle. Montessori trained teachers, utilizing the Montessori method of education and scientifically designed materials, create an environment in which children are given the freedom to explore, learn and grow; all according to their own interests and needs.
 
Children are treated with respect and kindness, which in turn leads them to demonstrate these qualities towards others and the world. We study people, places and cultures of the world while honoring their similarities and differences. We practice reverence for nature while appreciating the interconnectedness of all life.
 
A Montessori teacher’s job is to guide the children in a manner in which they can learn and discover at their own pace and according to their individual interests. The teachers are therefore often referred to as Guides. 

 

The Children's House "Primary" Program

The primary program is a three year curriculum cycle, with the first two years laying a foundation that culminates in the Kindergarten year. This final year in our program is an exciting time when all that the child has learned comes together and the child shows increased desire and ability in academic learning. By this final year the child develops a strong social connection with his/her peers, becomes a mentor to the younger children, and finishes the program with confidence and ability. Families are encouraged to strongly consider this, so that their children can receive the greatest benefit from our programming. Your child will be guided in choosing Montessori activities from the following areas:

Practical Life
This is the foundation of the Montessori classroom and consists of "real-life" activities through which children learn to care for themselves, others and their world. Familiar tasks and everyday skills such as pouring, polishing, washing a table, or sewing on a button lead to independence, concentration, a sense of order, coordination of movement and self-confidence. Learning positive ways to handle social situations and extend courtesy to others creates a strong social community. All of these skills prepare your child for further work in the classroom and throughout life.
 
Sensorial
Activities using specially designed apparatus help refine the senses--the channel through which learning occurs. These experiences help your child to identify, classify, discern and categorize sensorial impressions and develop a sense of order. Children enjoy building a tower from the largest piece to the smallest, experience colors, smells, textures and sounds, and working with geometric shapes. 
 
Language
Language includes stories both read and told, self-expression, vocabulary building, phonetic sound and visual recognition of letters, reading and writing. Your child will learn the phonetic sounds of letters, begin to put these sounds together to form words, and then "explode" into reading. The joy of accomplishment is readily apparent as the child further explores this new avenue of communication.
 
Math
After previous preparation with sorting, categorizing, sequencing and size discrimination, the Montessori math materials provide a concrete means for your child to learn and understand abstract mathematical concepts. The math materials begin with learning quantity and symbol, then progress into place value, operations and fractions.
 
Geography & Science
Children participate in activities that allow them to explore the world by bringing it into the classroom. Whether learning about other cultures or places, caring for plants and animals, studying nature, or enjoying an experiment, these activities increase your child's observation skills and stimulate curiosity about the world around them.
 
Art, Music, Gardening, Food Preparation, Outdoor Play & more
A full day at CVMS involves the opportunity to explore in all curriculum areas. Special activities are integrated into the Montessori environment to enhance your child's creativity, self-expression, and aid in the full development of the person within.


Daily Schedule

Morning-Afternoon Work Cycle

7:30 - 8:30am  
8:15 - 8:30am   
8:30 - 11:30am  
11:15 - 11:30am
11:30am
12:30 - 1:00pm 
1:00pm
1:00 - 3:00pm  
3pm

Early Morning Arrivals & Classroom Preparation
Morning Drop-off at Classroom Doors
Morning Work-Cycle
Line Time/Group Gathering
Lunch
Outside Unstructured Playtime
First Pick-Up
Rest and Second Worktime
Pick-Up

Aftercare Work Time

3:00 - 3:30pm
3:30 - 4:30pm
4:30pm
5:30pm
5:45pm

6:00pm

Group snack 
Outside, Gross Motor Activities; optional extra-curricular activities with Yoga Sprout, Tumble Bus and Happy Feet
Second Pick-up
Free Time with afternoon works and group projects (Art, Cooking, Yoga, PMD Game, Music, etc)
Classroom Cleanup
Storytime and word games
Last pick-up/Building Locked & Closed

 

All Day Montessori Options

In order to support working parents, Child’s View provides an All Day Montessori Program. Early Arrival is from 7:30-8:30 am, with all children arriving by 8:30. Parents choose either the Half Day option until 1:00 pm, the Full Day option until 3:00 pm, the All Day Montessori option 1 until 4:30 pm, or the All Day Montessori option 2 until 6:00 pm.

Children staying All Day continue in the Montessori environment, rather than transitioning to a day care type area. They can continue to work with Montessori materials, as well as other activities and interests which are integrated into the environment. When Dr. Montessori began the first school in 1907, she called it “Casa dei Bambini” or Children’s House. In the Children’s House, the children care for each other and their environment, not only learning, but living life together.