“Free the child’s potential and you will transform him into the world.”
-DR. MARIA MONTESSORI
2.5−6 years old
Half Day 8:30−12
Extended Day 8:30−3:00
All Day 7:30−5:30
Indiana Montessori Academy’s Primary Program begins when the child is around three (3) years old and continues through the Kindergarten year. The beautiful classroom is prepared in a way that motivates and stimulates the child into activity. The unique curriculum is unmatched by any other pre-school/Kindergarten curriculum. Most children who complete the three-year cycle, graduate from the program reading, writing, have a strong foundation of mathematical concepts and are well-mannered, young members of our community.
Children explore and work with a diverse curriculum of:
- Social Studies
This program is five days a week, three and one half hours per day. It is designed for children ages 2½ through approximately 4½-5 years. Children at this age show a strong need for order and routine in their lives. The consistency of coming five days a week helps the children adapt more quickly to the classroom environment. They become more settled and therefore are more engaged with the materials and the other children in the classroom. Children who join the Montessori program become a strong part of a young community and are actively sought out and depended upon by their peers. When they are not present their friends look to work with them and are saddened when they cannot find them.
Children are invited to the afternoon work cycle when they are no longer napping. (Children who nap will have a quiet place to rest during the afternoon work cycle.) This extension in their day allows time for more concentrated work and further development with longer and more involved academic materials. It is strongly recommended that children join the Extended Day program by the time they are 4 ½ years old.
In addition to the second work cycle, children who are in the Extended Day program eat lunch together and part of the lunch routine includes preparation of the classroom for dining. Everyday children take turns preparing tables so that we eat together as a community; they learn to set a table: placemat, cloth napkin, glass plate, a drinking glass and silverware; and they clean-up the classroom in order to prepare for the afternoon work cycle.
This program is held in our classroom setting with shelves that offer Montessori-based work choices, where lessons are given in the use of materials and expectations for behavior are the same as during our regular work cycles. In addition to our regular Extended-Day Program, the children enrolled in the All Day Program experience before and after care accented with group lessons and activities including seasonal lessons, crafts, large motor movement and music. In the afternoon, weather permitting, children return to the park for a second recess. Children who remain at IMA beyond Afternoon Dismissal are offered an afternoon snack.
THE PRIMARY CURRICULUM FOR CHILDREN 3-6 YEARS OLD:
- Recognize and use numbers in categories of Units, Tens, Hundreds and Thousands
- Math Fact Memorization
- Introduction of the Globe and Maps
- Naming Continents, Countries and States
- Exposure to Land and Water forms
- Names and parts of plants, flowers, trees, leaves and roots
- Names and parts of the 5 Classes of Vertebrate Animals on Earth: Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds and Mammals
- Exploration of General Science Concepts
- Development of Vocabulary
- Pre-Reading Skills: recognizing sounds and their graphic symbol
- Exploration and analysis of articulating and writing own thoughts
- Handwriting in Cursive
- Word Study
- Exploration of Grammar and Syntax
- Telling Time
- Days of the Week
- Months of the year
- Exposure to different cultures, holidays and historical people
- Development of community
- Playing Sound Games
- The Bells
- Exploration of various art mediums: paint, collage, glue, clay
- Introduction of prominent artists and their respective work