Primary (Age 3-6)
Teacher to Child Ratio: 1:8
"These very children reveal to us the most vital need of their development, saying : 'Help me to do it alone."
Dr. Maria Montessori
Primary classrooms are an environment alive with exploration and discovery. Children select from a variety of activities designed to cultivate and sharpen their senses and cognitive abilities and to help them develop focus and concentration. A cornerstone of every Montessori classroom, the practical life area, includes activities such as pouring, tying, polishing, sewing and woodworking. These skills instill order and discipline and give young children a sense of mastery over their world. Nearby, sensorial works are available to refine the senses of sight, smell, touch, and hearing, and also to lay the foundations for math. The math area attracts children with colorful glass beads and natural wood materials, teaching number concepts and basic operations and laying the groundwork for more advanced concepts such as squaring and cubing. Manipulative and tactile materials permeate the language areas as well. Children prepare for reading and writing by using their hands, tracing sandpaper letters and building words with a movable wooden alphabet. At Mesorah Day School, Hebrew and English reading and writing skills are developed alongside one another.
The Hebrew language program is set up so that children can be successful from the beginning, and reach their Hebrew reading goals with ease. In our Primary classrooms, children are constantly exposed to the stories and lessons of Jewish heritage. They learn the Parsha each week and receive new works in the practical life, language and science areas in preparation for each Yom Tov. But Jewish content is not limited to these specific subjects. Just as the Montessori curriculum exposes children from a very young age to geography, botany, zoology, chemistry and physics in an effort to open their minds to the wonders of their world, Mesorah Day School embraces these areas of study as a way of instilling children with ahavas Hashem and yiras Hashem. Similarly, grace and courtesy, a focal point of Montessori education, are here framed as derech eretz, the critical Jewish value of treating others and one’s environment with respect and kindness.