At the Montessori School at PGA National, our specifically designed primary program consists of students enrolled in Kindergarten to Grade 3. The primary program addresses the natural curiosity of young children and their desire to know why and how things work. The Montessori teaching method at Montessori School at PGA National encourages young learners to explore and engage in creative problem-solving situations. Students are provided with opportunities that engage their curiosity and imagination through the use of project-based learning.
This setting facilitates student acquisition of exemplary academic learning opportunities in addition to the acquisition of:
Practical Life Experiences
A child derives immense satisfaction and benefit from doing things for themself. They develop independence, self-control, coordination, and concentration.
Washing hands properly, combing hair, buttoning, zipping, tying, polishing shoes, and putting on and taking off jackets.
Care of a Home Environment
The child learns dusting, polishing, setting table, watering plants, washing dishes, etc.
Grace and Courtesy
The child learns external acts which allow social life to run smoothly; for example, how to apologize for simple offenses, or how to hand objects to another person.
It is through the use of the senses that a young child explores his environment. In this way, the child stores operational ideas upon which abstract functioning is founded. Montessori materials provide an opportunity for refining the senses through clarification and classification. The materials provided are objects grouped according to a definite quality and graduation. The child sees the proper sequence of objects, the mixing of them, and the restoration to their order sequence again.
Language: English and Spanish taught
Opportunities for learning, speaking, reading, and writing are offered to the children. They are introduced to letters through sight, sound, and touch. Feeling the textured shape of sandpaper letters helps fix them in the child’s mind. Vocabulary enrichment and pencil control for developing writing abilities are both vital parts of the language program.
Beginning with concepts of numbers, ascending and descending order, geometric shapes, and progressing one step at a time, the child forms a sound background for arithmetic, geometry, and algebra.
Geography and History
Geographic models, puzzles, time lines, information boxes, and cards are just a few of the materials used in these areas.
Science allows children to explore the world around them. It enhances a child’s observation and processing skills. Many studies have concluded that science helps a child develop appropriate critical thinking that leads to incisive questioning. Our program introduces children to space exploration, dinosaurs, ocean life, as well as many other themes taught in our own unique science laboratory.
Appreciation, rhythmic sense, and tone recognition are developed through special materials, games, singing, and records. Piano is offered as an extracurricular activity.