Ages 3 – 6
Jarrow Montessori School’s Primary Program nurtures in students a lifelong love of learning. The program promotes motivated, self-directed and engaged learners through carefully structured classroom environments prepared by knowledgeable and dedicated teachers. Primary teachers skillfully observe their students and closely guide them in the learning process. Student-centered learning is a hallmark of Jarrow Montessori School; we define our success by our students’ learning success.
Purposeful activities are designed to sustain uninterrupted, focused learning opportunities for students. Our teachers are well educated in child development. This knowledge is at the heart of an inclusive classroom experience that is responsive to a diversity of learners. As a result, Jarrow students are curious, self-confident and critical thinkers who are becoming socially aware. They are guided to respect individual differences, value partnership, seek cooperative approaches to problem solving and actively participate in taking care of their classroom environment and community.
Here is a glimpse of what Primary work cycle looks like in a Montessori Classroom
The Primary classroom environments are organized into the basic Montessori curriculum areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language Arts, Math and Cultural. Each classroom includes educational materials for geography, social studies, science, art and foreign language instruction. Music, art and physical education are part of the weekly activities. The Jarrow Montessori education at the primary level includes and exceeds the national education standards for kindergarten; and fully prepares them for entrance to our incredible Elementary program.
Jarrow currently offers full and half day options for our primary program. A typical schedule for the day is morning arrival, followed by a work period or specials, snack, circle time and outdoor time. Half-day departure happens before lunch. All day children eat lunch together, children under 5 have a rest/nap period, followed by an afternoon of work cycle. Children 5 and 6 have enrichment programs and work cycle in the afternoon.
Ages 5 – 6 Enrichment (Kindergarten)
In 2012 Jarrow returned to a traditional Montessori practice for working with our 5-6 year old students who are in their third year of the Primary program. This year is often called ‘kindergarten’. The third year in any Montessori program is a fruitional year for the students, where they are taking a bigger role in leadership and are integrating and expanding on their body of work in the classroom. In order to support this process more fully, we have moved away from what has been called “kindergarten” or “extended day” programs, where children are often shuttled from their main classroom to another space with another teacher.
It is our goal to support the ongoing and unfolding development of these children, and in this new model we can easily meet the expectations of the “kindergarten” year, but even more importantly, we can deepen their learning and social development which is so critical in making the next transition to an elementary program.
In our evolving E56 program [Enrichment for 5-6 year olds] we currently offer 4 additional special classes [Physical Education, Art, Spanish, & Music] each week from 1-2pm, when the younger children are having rest time. This allows for extra time to expand their learning while at the same time creating a great opportunity for social and emotional bonding with the group that they could continue on with at Jarrow in our Elementary program.
In addition to these specials, the classroom teachers also work on a series of field trips that enriches the classroom curriculum as well. There are some important parameters for this program, and any child who will turn 5 by October 1st of their 3rd year in Primary is eligible, and final decisions on readiness will be determined by the classroom teachers.