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Our Primary program is for children between the ages of 3 to 6 years. During the Primary years, a love of learning is nurtured, foundational academic skills are formed, and confidence blooms.


Students in a Primary classroom with child-sized furniture and Montessori materials

Primary Program at a Glance:

  • Ages 3-6 years

  • Three classrooms of 24 students each

  • Head Teacher and Assistant Teacher

  • Five Day Program

  • Half Days until noon or Full Days until 3:00PM

  • Early care available at 7:30AM

  • Aftercare available until 5:00PM


Two Primary children work together, exploring the Geometric Solids

A Community of Children

Children develop friendships across age levels and genuinely care for each other. Children crave knowledge about social behavior and will notice, absorb, and practice how to build gracious and harmonious relationships. Each community member is respected as a unique individual with strengths and interests.


A Primary child helps tie a younger child's apron

Social Grace and Courtesy and Self Care

Grace and Courtesy lessons happen daily at MdTL and encompass basic manners as well as communication skills. Children learn — through role play and practice — everything from politely interrupting to resolving a social conflict. Social skills are emphasized just as much as the child’s inner development. These lessons help the child meet his own needs while learning to consider the needs of others. 


Two Primary children hold hands in the classroom

Mixed Age Classrooms

Children remain in the same classroom for a three-year cycle, which allows them to form a deep bond with their teacher. They have the opportunity to experience three different roles: the youngest, middle, and the oldest. This three-year journey fosters their empathy, communication skills, and self-confidence. 

"The connection that you develop over a three year cycle with the families is something that is very unique."

-Jessica Harvey, Primary Head Teacher


A Primary child practices number writing on a tabletop chalkboard

Freedom to Make Choices

Internalizing any new skill requires practice. Students are given the freedom of time to set their own learning pace, promoting self-discipline and allowing them to connect with their current needs. Rather than imitating or following a teacher, children make independent work choices and practice until they are ready to clean up.


A teachers gives a one-on-one Sandpaper Letter lesson to a Primary child

Child Centered

Our teachers are keen observers and get to know each child as an individual with unique interests and areas for growth. With primarily individual instruction, you’ll find our teachers down at the children’s level, engaged with a small group or one-on-one. They have also optimized the learning opportunities in their environments for children who are motivated to explore and master their world.  


A Primary child holds the blue cube as she assembles the Trinomial Cube

Hands On

Montessori materials are beautiful, engaging, and scientifically accurate. In all areas of the classroom, children are introduced to new concepts incrementally through hands-on experiences. Brain development is dependent on activity, and the work of the hands is paramount. 


A Primary child cuts her thread in preparation for threading a sewing needle

Independence is Valued

Practical Life is the cornerstone of the Primary classroom. Through real, purposeful activity, children gain functional independence, have opportunities for deep concentration, learn to sequence a series of steps, and develop pride in their work. Children grow more attuned to their personal feelings of progress, boosting their innate ability of self evaluation.


A Primary child lays out the small number cards from 1 to 9000

Kindergarten - A Year of Exceptional Growth

The third year, or Kindergarten, is the crowning year in the Primary journey. Foundational academic skills come together and students are given countless opportunities to mentor their younger peers by modeling social skills, helping with a variety of tasks, and giving lessons. Experiencing the leadership role during this final year reinforces concepts they have learned and builds their confidence in an unparalleled way. 


Two 3rd year Primary children work on labeling their map of the United States with cursive handwriting

Integrated Curriculum

Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, and Math are the four main areas of the Primary classroom. Within these, lessons in science, geography, cultural studies, art, and music proliferate. For example, what is presented as a geography lesson may have elements of language, art, and cultural studies. Children naturally begin to make meaningful connections between multiple subject areas, a strong preparation for Elementary. 


Two Primary children collaborate on the Adjective or %22Farm%22 Game

Collaboration and Divergent Thinking

We engage the children in divergent thinking. Teachers encourage collaboration and foster an environment in which students can generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions. Children work together to research a topic of interest or prepare independent explorations and present them to their class. This starts at the youngest level and builds on itself throughout the Elementary program.


“I did not invent a method of education, I simply gave some little children a chance to live.”

-Maria Montessori



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Applications are now open at all program levels for the 2023-2024 school year