The Primary Class is designed to serve the needs of students from 2.5 to 6 years of age. With a ratio of twelve or less students to each adult, the individual needs of each student are easily met. The students learn many different skills at their own academic and social level.
Preschool students ages 3-4 begin to develop social skills. These students learn what it means to be part of a group, how to separate from their parents, take turns, and become independent. The students in their second year focus on lessons and peer socialization. The third year in the Montessori Primary classroom is the Extended Day year, our Kindergarten year. This is the year when the students grow academically at a rapid rate. The afternoon is devoted to these Extended Day students. Here, the focus of small group lessons and advanced academics helps foster the love of learning we see in students.
In addition to our Montessori work, we utilize a weekly curriculum map to ensure that we cover specific educational objectives. The materials in the Primary Classroom are rotated often to keep the students’ interest. Students of this age enjoy activities to help develop fine motor control and allow for refinement of movement in the classroom.
Greeted by teacher and welcome to the classroom
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The students work with a variety of materials
The prepared learning environment presents students with the possibility of freedom and opportunities to develop self-discipline. The classroom environment is prepared to support six basic developmental drives shared by all students.
Students delight in working whenever the work leads to a sense of discovery. They gain the same feeling of worth from purposeful activities in school that adults experience as they go to their jobs and do their “work.” This delight in learning and sense of worth are as much a focus of the curriculum as the details of what the students learn.
The Kindergarten program focuses on the development of the whole child, in the classroom as well as the world outside, through other environments where children learn. We continue to expand upon the foundation that is established during the student’s preschool years. We offer a framework that meets student’s several needs: academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural. Our program is a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning, with an international curriculum model that provides guidelines for what students should learn, a teaching methodology, and assessment strategies.
At the center of the curriculum are five essential elements: knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action. Organizing themes help teachers and students explore these elements in the broadest sense of the word. Teachers and students use key questions that are concept based to structure the “Units of Inquiry”. They acquire and apply transdisciplinary skills while developing an understanding of these important concepts. The development of explicit attitudes and the expectation of socially responsible behavior are also essential elements of the program.
Welcome to Esprit International School! At Esprit, we are dedicated to building a solid foundation of joy for learning. The love of learning and love of life are the fundamental approaches we apply in teaching each student.
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