Extended Primary Age 4-6 Years
The older child (age 4–6) may be ready to enjoy this afternoon class, which takes place from 12 noon to 3 p.m. The Extended Primary class offers the child an opportunity to delve deeper into the curriculum, continue work from the morning Primary/TK/Kindergarten session, and/or explore additional work provided in the prepared environment.
This class is not a stand-alone class. It is available to children who are enrolled in a morning Primary Program or TK/Kindergarten class. Each day of the week has a special focus: Mondays and Tuesdays focus on reading, writing, and language skills; Wednesdays on mathematics; Thursdays on science; and Fridays on cultural subjects, history, and foreign language (where available). See below for more explanation of the Extended Primary focus topics.
Two to five Extended Primary afternoons may be selected. The children who stay for Extended Primary bring a lunch and eat together in the classroom. Practical life skills, nutrition, and social graces are part of the lunchtime experience. After lunch and a short playtime outside, the children gather at the circle for demonstrations of special activities. The children are then given the opportunity to choose what interests them from all the choices in the prepared environment. The Extended Primary class gives the older child continued practice with longer and more-involved work, reinforcement of skills, and enrichment in all areas of the curriculum.
Monday/Tuesday: Reading, Writing, Language Skills
Reading skills are presented through listening games, visual perception work, phonics, initial sound work, rhyming, word building, reading, storytelling, drama, poetry, and introduction to grammar.
Writing skills are presented through the practice of refining motor skills, letter formation, and writing phrases and stories.
Math skills are presented using 0–10 concepts, work with the decimal system materials, linear and skip counting, mathematical operations (+, -, x, :), fractions, and written numerical symbols and equations.
This focus covers physical (air/water, magnetism, electricity) and biological sciences (botany and zoology), astronomy, meteorology, geology, and ecology.
Friday: Cultural Subjects, Geography, History, Foreign Language (where available)
Cultures of the world are explored through the examination of customs, foods, crafts, language, geography, songs, dance, and celebrations
Extended Primary Program Goals
Supporting your child's verbal, non-verbal, and listening skills for connecting with family, friends, and beyond.
|Growing Brain Power
Providing an enriched environment and the personal relationships to make the most of your child's amazing brainpower.
Helping your child develop trust, self-confidence, and problem solving skills for positive relationships with friends, parents, and teachers.
|Helping Healthy Bodies Flourish
Nurturing your child's physical well-being through active play and body awareness.
|Creativity and Individual Expression
Promoting an atmosphere that inspires your child's unique character through art, movement, music, and dramatic play.
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By observing a class you will get a feel for the environment and curriculum. Feel free to observe multiple classrooms to make sure you have the best fit possible for your child.
Goals of the Classroom
Our classrooms, which we call the prepared environment, will allow your child a great deal of independence within a defined structure.
Choosing the Right Class
Our teachers can offer invaluable guidance. We want your child to be happy and successful at Fountainhead, just as you do.
Is Montessori right for my child?
Observe a class and see if Fountainhead is the best placement for your family. By observing a class you will get a feel for the environment and curriculum. Feel free to observe multiple classrooms to make sure you have the best fit possible for your child.