The primary program at South Florida Montessori Academy is offered to children between the ages of 3 and 6. It is a 3-year program that prepares children for the first grade and it includes kindergarten. At this age, children actively learn at a tremendous rate, a stage Dr. Maria Montessori called “the period of absorbent mind”. Our primary program emphasizes independence and self-sufficiency, where children learn “practical life” skills such as cleaning, food preparation, caring for classroom pets, and caring for others.
The primary program is designed to help them thrive academically, socially, and psychologically. Our students follow a rigorous Montessori curriculum that sets expectations far higher than the standard, state-approved curriculum. The learning program is personalized and catered to individual learning styles. Children work at their own pace ensuring that they meet these expectations. In the primary program, children take an active role in maintaining their environment, which is divided into four main areas: practical life, sensorial, language and mathematics.
Children begin to read and write through a variety of activities. They learn about their world by studying the continents, animals, plants, and other cultures. They work with concrete materials to learn mathematical concepts including the decimal system, geometry and fractions. Music and art are also part of this program and they are integrated into other subjects such as math, science, geography, and culture. Spanish is introduced through the immersion program.
• 8:30am Classes start
• 8:30am-11:30am Morning Montessori work cycle (snack available)
• 11:30am-12:00pm Outdoor playtime
• 12:00pm Half-day dismissal
• 12:00pm-12:45pm Lunch and clean-up
• 12:45pm-1:00pm Reading time
• 1:00pm-2:30pm Afternoon Montessori work cycle or nap time
• 2:30pm Full-day dismissal
The primary community meets five days a week, Monday through Friday. Children may attend half-day or full-day. Extended care is available from 8:00am until 5:00pm.