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MCS has four multi-age, primary classes, each with students between the ages of three and six years old. The oldest group, kindergarten-aged students, are referred to as “elders.” Our classroom communities have 20 – 24 students with one trained Montessori teacher and one trained assistant.
MCS offers two late day options: Late Day I students stay until 3:00 p.m. or Late Day II until 5:45 p.m. (Late Day II) depending on which option best suits their family’s needs. Primary elders (kindergarten age) students dismiss at 3:00 p.m. Families may choose to enroll these students in Late Day II so they may join the other primary late day students with a 5:45 p.m. pick-up time. Younger children (three and four year olds) are offered a morning only option from 8:15 – 11:45 a.m. or can choose Late Day I for a 3:00 p.m. dismissal time.
Elders spend mornings with the entire class and enjoy afternoons as a small group (between 6 and 8 students) with one Montessori teacher. They complete their day at 3:00 p.m. All children in primary have in-class music and Spanish instruction. Kindergartners also have formal music, art, Spanish, and physical education during the week with their peer group.
The aim of the primary program is to help children construct themselves and develop their full potential through interaction with their environment. Children are able to work independently or in small groups with materials specifically designed to meet their developmental needs.
Primary students benefit from special in-class celebrations and projects, often led by parent volunteers. Primary students attend field trips which may include the pumpkin and strawberry patch, children’s shows at local venues, and visits to museums. They often enjoy on-campus visits from the fire department, storytellers, and other performers. Elders take additional field trips directly related to their curriculum.