Please know that we will do our best to support you during these difficult times. We recognize that many of you are trying to work from home while also taking care of your children.
We have prepared guidelines below that we hope you will read carefully and that will continue to support your child’s Montessori experience in your home.
Suggested Daily Schedule for Primary
Set up and clean up breakfast, load dishwasher.
Basic chores: collect dirty clothes, sort laundry, help load washing machine. Prepare morning snack (place in accessible area to be eaten later), clean up.
Uninterrupted work cycle. Children should engage in activities to practice skills for practical life, sensorial work, language, or math.
Prepare (set up, clean up) lunch.
Quiet Time: this may include nap, reading books, handwork, reflective time. No screen time.
Afternoon work time. Include time for care of the environment and preparation for the next day’s work.
Preparations for the next day and chores can be performed throughout the day. Activities can be modified according to child’s readiness and developmental needs.
Primary Program Expectations
Students may be expected to:
• Enjoy family life with developmentally appropriate contributions.
Parents are invited to:
- Remain mindful about your child’s stress or worries during this time of change.
- Monitor communication about your child from your teachers.
- Initiate communication with teachers about questions, ideas, concerns, or feedback.
- Support your child’s independence in daily life activities.
- Be mindful of and allow children to continue periods of concentration.
- Establish daily routines and expectations.
- Limit screen time.
- Provide opportunities for daily physical activity.
Primary teachers will:
- Initiate individual communications based on student needs.
- Give guidance in setting up a daily routine.
- Make suggestions for appropriate house chores.
- Offer guidelines and suggestions for screen time.
- Provide both general and individual suggestions for activities developing fine motor skills, gross motor skills, language, and math.
- Be prompt in replying to your emails if you need additional guidance and support.
Program-Specific Needs and Characteristics:
- Children ages 3 to 6 thrive in environments that promote repetition, routine, and the mastery of purposeful movement.
- Allow your child to choose activities and give the opportunity for periods of time without distractions.
- The key to a successful learning environment is order, access to tactile resources, space to explore, and meaningful activity. For the Primary child, work and play should be interchangeable—a natural, fun, and exciting part of life.
Activities for Primary at Home
Practical Life ResourcesContinue reading…
Cultural ResourcesContinue reading…
Garden ActivitiesContinue reading…
More Primary Resources
The Prepared Environment:
“Learning is most effective when it is within a greater context…”Continue reading…
The Children’s Garden:
“Feeling the soil beneath their fingers, the children form a connection to the earth…”Continue reading…
Making the Most of Movement:
“If it rains and you have some inside time, here are a few ideas.”Continue reading…
Primary Class Sing-Along:
“…watching together gives them time to enjoy seeing the words and hand motions so they can practice with you, or independently.”Continue reading…
Slow Walks with Miss Cheryl:
“Learning to walk without a destination…”Continue reading…
Thank you also to Tokyo Montessori and Arbor Montessori School for additional content, as well as the numerous Montessori collaborators worldwide who have helped supply ideas and activities that we could pull from. This journal is a testament to the spirit of cooperation and work in service to the children of the world.