Dr. Montessori divides a child's growth into four distinct planes of development. The first two planes deal with childhood and the growth of a child through age 12. Providence Montessori addresses these first two formative planes through its primary and elementary programs.
The first plane of development, the age of formation, covers birth to age six. During this time a child has what Dr. Montessori termed an absorbent mind. During the first three years, the child is unconsciously absorbing his surroundings. During the second three years, the child moves from unconscious absorption to conscious work. The teaching staff at Providence Montessori recognizes the child's need to gather facts and make sense of previous impressions. Additionally, the classroom environments are carefully prepared to encourage learning and independence. We recognize that children develop and learn best when their physical needs are met and they feel safe, valued and psychologically secure.
Providence offers three primary classrooms serving children beginning at age three and continuing through the kindergarten year. The classrooms all have three-year age spans to allow children to both learn from and teach other children.
There are typically 25 children in each classroom and three teachers. The materials and curriculum promote practical life experiences, sensory-motor experiences, as well as activities in language, mathematics, science, and geography. In addition, specialized teachers in art and Spanish provide demonstrations and lessons.
The primary program offers half-day (7:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or 12:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.) and all-day classes for children ages 3 - 6 (7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.).