Primary Preschool Program (3-6 years)
At ages 3-6, children focus their attention on the order of things, have more control and
coordination over their mind and body and continue to become more independent. Our primary classrooms are designed to meet the ever changing needs of the 3-6 year old class. Creating order is an important role in this environment, which is designed to encourage curiosity and a love for learning.
With Montessori principles as our guide each child has the opportunity to:
- Develop a social academic foundation and desire for lifelong learning
- Encourage independent decision making and problem solving skills
- Develop positive social, emotional and physical growth in a respectful environment
A typical day in the primary classroom consists of learning how to manage their time, explore and share new ideas with other classmates. Students spend their morning maneuvering through the classroom, exploring works in areas such as geography, math, language, science and engaging in daily living activities such as preparing snacks, caring for plants, learning to tie their shoes and most importantly learning to respect each other and their environment. Each day will also involve outside free play. At our preschool, children grow to love learning and discover their interests and abilities through stimulating and engaging activities.
Art in our classroom is used in a variety of ways. At the most basic level art will teach the child to use a pencil and draw lines from top to bottom and left to right. Many of the exercises placed on the practical life shelves are artistic in nature. They often include cutting, weaving, sewing, and stencils. Throughout the school year the children are exposed to an assortment of mediums, artists, and styles of art. The children’s art work is show cased in the Curious Child annual art show for all to see.
Both Toddler and Primary Montessori school classrooms prepare many of their own daily snacks. One day a week, each classroom prepares a more extensive snack. Allowing children to explore in the kitchen inspires creativity and can also expose them to new foods they may have never tried. Exposure to the kitchen also teaches the children about tools we use in the kitchen, they learn about the clean up process and how to act with grace and courtesy. At our school we truly believe learning to prepare food is stimulating and allows children to explore different interests as well as work in a creative community setting.
All of the teachers at Curious Child Montessori Omaha preschool enjoy working in the garden and understand the need for children to work and play in nature. Children participate in planting the gardens, weed picking, watering from the rain barrels, and learning the various techniques of composting. The summer’s bounty is shared by all at snack time throughout the summer and fall.
Music & Movement
Music and Movement and Yoga classes are presented once per week to both toddler and primary classrooms during the school year. During this class children are encouraged to explore different types of movement and dance styles.