The Primary Program

“Bring the child to the consciousness of his own dignity and he will feel free.” Maria Montessori

As students move from the early discoveries of the immediate environment to broader exploration of the larger world, the TMS Primary Program for ages 3-6 responds to the rapid physical, intellectual, and social development that are the hallmarks of these remarkable years.

In addition to all of their wonderful classroom work, primary students take part in a number of enrichment opportunities during the school day. More details are available here.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TMS PRIMARY CLASSROOMS

While the learning in a Montessori primary classroom is dynamic, there are foundational principles that keep that dynamism moving in the direction of knowledge construction.

LESSONS

Teachers offer children lessons on the use of the materials in the classroom, emphasizing the steps involved so children have a complete understanding of the process. Once students have received a lesson in a particular work, they are free to select that work themselves.

CONTROL OF ERROR AND DEVELOPING INDEPENDENCE

The materials of the classroom are designed to provide children the opportunity to self-correct, allowing them to develop autonomy and confidence as they work.

“It is well to cultivate a friendly feeling towards error, to treat it as a companion inseparable from our lives, as something having a purpose which it truly has.” — Maria Montessori

THE PREPARED ENVIRONMENT

The TMS Primary classrooms are beautiful, ordered, and organized with the development of the students as the guiding priority. The materials and furnishings are all proportioned to the students, and the arrangement of the work allows children to access developmentally appropriate activities with minimal intervention on the part of teacher.

For more information on the TMS Primary Program, please contact the school.

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