Primary Curriculum

The Montessori primary curriculum is a three-year cycle laying the foundation upon which later learning will be built. It is designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages three to six, who are particularly sensitive to absorbing new information. Dr. Montessori observed that children in this stage appear to ‘absorb’ nearly effortlessly from their environment. In taking advantage of this naturally occurring proclivity, we have prepared the Primary environment to allow children to learn through all their senses; with experiences in concrete, self-directed, and self-correcting materials. As the children progress though the hands-on materials, they begin to understand more abstract concepts as they make the transition from concrete to abstract throughout the Montessori Elementary years. Specially trained teachers offer guidance and lessons based on observations on both the needs of the class and the individual.

During the third year of the Montessori cycle, students (age 5) have ample opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills and solidify the educational foundation of their first two years at GFMA.  
These third year students have an opportunity to advance at their own pace in areas such as reading, grammar, math and science. There is no ceiling placed on their education.

The classrooms are divided into areas such as Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, Science, Cultural Studies, and Language Arts. Ideally, a child will remain in the Montessori environment over a span of three years, exploring each area and growing at his own pace. Classrooms are multi-aged, allowing children to learn as individuals rather than predetermined by their chronological age.

Montessori Primary (3-5 year olds)

Half-Day Montessori

  • 9:00am – 12:00pm  /  12:00pm — 3:00pm
  • Morning session includes snack

Full-Day Montessori

  • 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Includes morning snack & outside play

Morning Child Care

  • 7:30am – 9:00am
  • Includes breakfast, and is an add-on for families that need morning care prior to the start of the Montessori school day.

Afternoon Child Care

  • 3:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Includes snack, and is an add-on for families that need child care after the Montessori full day.

“It is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.”

— Ann Landers

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