For children ages 3 to 6, Pebblecreek's primary program develops independence, self-discipline, executive function, and academic skills.
A Montessori-trained teacher fosters a close-knit community that emphasizes kindness, personal responsibility, exploration, and cooperative learning.
Students move freely around the classroom, arranged according to subject areas such as practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, science, art, and cultural studies.
For three years, Pebblecreek students remain in the same primary class, progressing from youngest to oldest, from observer to leader. After completing the primary cycle, children are promoted to first grade. During this time, they develop strong relationships with peers and their guide.
There is a wealth of knowledge exposed to students in a Montessori classroom, and many of them excel academically beyond their age group. They learn to manage their time independently and develop a self-motivated work ethic.
The Montessori approach to the cultural subjects is based on the interrelationships between the earth, the animals and plants, and the people who inhabit the earth. As such, history, geography, and science are not taught separately, but together as a whole.
A cultural curriculum is included in Pebblecreek Montessori's curriculum along with experiments, maps, timelines, models, and other learning materials. Dr. Montessori wanted children to begin to answer the important questions: Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here?
In the Primary Program, students improve their coordination and balance, explore the world of creative expression through their bodies, and gain a sense of self-confidence, self-esteem, and respect for others.