Primary & Extended Day
From birth to age 6 there are two principal objectives of the human being: to bring order to the vast amount of information that comes to us via our senses and to absorb the distinctive elements of our culture. Our Primary program supports each child in meeting these objectives.
EACMSI pedagogy is child-centered, hands on, individualized and serves the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive.
Our Primary program supports each child in bringing order to the vast amount of information that comes to us via our senses and to absorbing the distinctive elements of our culture.
Independent Learners. For Life.
AT EACMSI our curriculum begins with the child at 3 years old and continues seamlessly until graduation at 14-15 years of age.
Comprised of fine and gross motor experiences, these exercises support children in gaining mastery of everyday life and social skills. As they develop competence in these tasks, children’s independence and confidence grow.
Young children naturally learn through their senses and these materials isolate concepts such as color, size, form, weight, and volume, eventually supporting the child to internalize the abstract concept each represents.
With hands-on materials, students make discoveries as they move from the concrete to the abstract through manipulation, experimentation, and invention. Concepts introduced: counting, visual recognition of quantity and symbol, the decimal system and the concept of 10, visual recognition of 1 to 1000, concrete manipulation of counting materials from 1 – 1000, and an introduction to the four operations using concrete, manipulative materials.
The cultural curriculum includes the study and exploration of the areas of history, geography, physical sciences, botany, and zoology. These studies are introduced through age-appropriate materials and activities designed to spark interest in the world and its diverse people, animals, and plants.
Children begin to identify different societal and cultural groups to which they belong and articulate ways they are similar to and different from their classmates. Students begin to explore family culture, community culture and cultures from around the world.
Extended Day / Transition Class
This afternoon-only class prepares children in the final year of the Primary cycle for sucessful transition to our Lower Elementary program the following year. Eligibility is determined by assessment of developmental readiness.
Primary level at a Glance…
For students ages 3–6.
We have 3 beautiful, light filled and enticing Primary level classrooms in our main building.
A half-day Primary level program (day ending at noon) is available for young students.
There are 2 Montessori-trained teachers in each classroom.