Preschool and Kindergarten

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Our Primary Program is for children ages three to six years who are fully potty trained. It is distinguished by a core curriculum within which each child acquires and applies a breadth of skills during a three-year learning "cycle." These years nurture the growth of children's independence, self-esteem and self-discipline while introducing children to the basics of academics.

Practical Life
The children learn to care for themselves and their environment.

Sensorial helps children to order, classify and explore their sensory impressions.

This is based on phonics with concrete lessons to learn the sounds that go with letter symbols, to group letters together, to make words, to read and to begin creative writing.

Children learn that number symbols have a quantitative meaning and learn the processes involved in the basic operations such as addition and subtraction, as well as time concepts.

Children learn about the world around them including planet Earth, continents, land forms, animal and plant classification, as well as peoples and cultures of the world.

The Primary Program is a special and unique environment where children establish the foundation for all future social relationships. Through grace and courtesy lessons they learn how to successfully interact with peers and begin to acquire the communication skills that will give them success in life.

Primary students are either half or full day, arriving at 8:00 a.m. and staying until 11:00 a.m. or 3:10 p.m. (with the expection of early dismissal each Friday at 2:10 p.m.). Primary students attend class five days a week.

The Montessori School of Fort Smith | 3908 Jenny Lind Road | Fort Smith, AR 72901 | (479) 646-7225
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