The Primary Years
A Capable, Eager Learner
Building a conceptual, organized mind
Thinking well is largely a matter of having an organized mind where knowledge is connected solidly to other knowledge, where it can be retrieved effortless and combined quickly. Developing such an organized, conceptual mind is at the core of the Montessori primary years. By age three, children have seen, heard, smelled, touched and tasted many things. The Montessori Sensorial Exercises help children abstract away from specific things (that little brown dog, this brow toy car, this purple limousine) and learn to carefully observe attributes (color, texture, shape) and organize objects by those attributes. As children interact with these materials, they learn new concepts (of length, of volume, of musical tone) and come away with a fine-tuned ability to consciously see the world around them.
Writing, reading and arithmetic into the thousands
At LePort Montessori, students learn to write and read in preschool. While many preschools teach pre-literacy skills (recognizing letters, saying their names, writing your name) and pre-math skills (such as grouping objects or counting by rote), our students go much beyond that. Using carefully designed, multi-sensory materials—including letters printed in sandpaper on wood to trace, moveable letters to build words, and carefully-selected phonetic readers with beautiful art-illustrations—a typical LePort student will, by age six, be able to read a passage like this. He’ll be able to write sentences in cursive. By working with the Montessori Math materials, she’ll be able to solve arithmetic problems into the thousands.