The Pre-Primary classroom at Five Oaks Academy provides a small group Montessori experience to children aged two to three years. This classroom is a very special place where the needs of our youngest students are appreciated, cherished, and supported. The community is uniquely designed; the small wooden chairs and tables, beautifully created work, outdoor deck, and changing station all support the independence and free choice of young children.
This classroom accommodates ten children with two teachers. Students attend five days a week from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. The consistency of attending five days is important for children to feel successful in this environment because Montessori is a process-based method. Children who begin to learn in a consistent fashion early have the benefit of the familiarity and understanding of the Montessori curriculum and process thus promoting a higher level of independence as they move to our primary program.
The Pre-Primary classroom and community introduces our youngest students to Grace & Courtesy, Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language Arts, and Movement activities that form the foundation of the Montessori curriculum at all age levels. The toddlers also get to experience our diverse Related Arts program with exploration in Physical Education, Creative Arts, and World Music as well as Toddler Music and Movement. Children who begin to learn in a consistent fashion early in their learning experience have the benefit of familiarity and understanding. This diminishes the transition experience as they move through our interconnected program that carries children through to the advent of high school.
Our Pre-Primary Program is forged around the observation of and the response to the development of the child. A primary goal is for our toddlers to become independent as well as interdependent. In this supportive, nurturing, and empowering setting, the children come to feel the classroom is their own peaceful community where they play a meaningful role in their own care and the care of their classroom environment. Additionally, students are introduced to experiences and work that will further enhance their lives and educational experience. The materials and lessons in this classroom directly prepare children for success in our Primary classrooms.