Primary

Preschool in Maryland

Helping your children experience advanced learning.

Young boy learning new words playing with colorful lettersOur preschool program in our Montessori School in Gaithersburg, Maryland is a three year progression in a mixed-age classroom, which we call Primary. Children enter the class when they are three years old, and stay in the same class through Kindergarten. In the early afternoon, while younger children are napping, our Pre-K and Kindergarten students receive advanced lessons. Children leave the program well prepared for elementary school, no matter where they go next. Primary students who are 3 or 4 years old may attend for the morning, or for the whole day.

Our highly skilled teachers track each individual child’s developmental needs. Children choose from specially designed work to develop their practical life capabilities, stimulate their senses, build their pre-reading and early math skills, and expose them to geography, cultures, science, art, music, yoga, and Spanish language. Optional sports programs are available as well, for interested families.

If you have never experienced a Montessori Primary class, please come for a visit. These young children are able to work independently for several hours. They choose their work, prepare their snack, water plants, read books in the library, create art, all while learning social skills and to follow the ground rules of the classroom.

At the end of a busy morning, Primary children play outside before lunch, followed by naps or afternoon academics, depending on their age. After naps everyone returns to the classroom and continues their work, with an afternoon snack. After this work period, the children are ready to play outside again, on the playground or with one of our optional sports programs. Other afternoon options include art and music.

Children are excited to arrive in the morning, changing into their slippers, hanging up their coats, and greeting their teachers and fellow students. Having this opportunity to work independently is excellent preparation for elementary school. They build confidence in their ability to work through mistakes until they understand a new concept. Concentration and persistence are critical skills for success in school, and are key skills learned in our program.

Many Montessori children learn to read, write, add, and subtract early. This is not due to any push from the teachers, but from allowing children to move at their own individual speed through work designed and tested over many years to be effective for children this age. Fears of pushing academics too early are based on the use of methods more appropriate for older children, such as pencil and paper drills. Given developmentally appropriate tools, children can build their skills at their own pace, in a way that meets with their developmental needs.

We invite you to come visit the school at one of our Open House events. Coming on a weekday morning will give you the best opportunity to see the children at work. You will see smiles, concentration, relaxation, in a productive community of very young learners. Schedule your tour today.

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Programs

We offer

We strive to equip every young learner with the necessary skills, knowledge, and learnings that are essential for the enhancement of their learning development.

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Infants

We help your little ones develop at their own pace.

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Toddler

Let us meet your toddler’s individual developmental needs.

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Primary

We provide new essential learning experiences for your child.

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We understand how important it is for every parent to know what kind of environment and facility their child will be staying while studying. And we are more than happy to take you and your child on a tour in our school.

Upcoming Events

We are a learning center that conducts various fun and exciting activities that every child will surely love. Please feel free to check back our website from time to time to keep updated with our events. Click here to know more.

Diversity

The world is a better place when diverse people come together and learn from each other. We are patient with each other’s different points of view, and seek to understand first, before

Respect

Every person has a light inside themselves, and we respect the value of that light inside ourselves and others. We never demean or criticize a child, another staff member, or a parent.

Collaboration

Close contact with others can naturally lead to conflict. We seek to turn that conflict to creativity and open minded problem solving. We speak to each other often, sharing ideas and getting help with issues.

Learning

A passion for learning keeps us all feeling young and excited about life. We share our excitement for learning with the children, encouraging their curiosity and teach them how to find answers to their questions.

Responsibility

In a community, each person must take care of themselves, and shares a responsibility for the care of their environment. We all check for tasks that need to be done, lending a hand whenever possible.

Peace

We strive to maintain a sense of peace inside ourselves, and to create a sense of peace around us. We do not call out across a room; we do not hurry or rush; as adults, we restrain our emotional responses to the children so that we may calmly guide them.