5 – 6 years old | 8:30am – 3:30pm
The Elder program is intended as the capstone year, the third year in the Primary Three Year Cycle. It is often referred to as kindergarten in traditional schools. The guide will determine when the whole child is ready for the transition in the primary to becoming an Elder. Children in this program bring their own lunches to school, have outdoor playtime, and then continue their work in the afternoon with the Montessori materials in an intimate smaller group setting where they have the opportunity for greater exploration and learning. Fundamental to Montessori education is the Three Year Cycle. Over a three-year period, children have the opportunity to learn from each other, solidify knowledge through their own teaching and sharing, and develop leadership skills critical to their social development. It is in the best interest of your child and essential to the program to allow your child to complete the three-year cycle. Once the Elder year is complete, your child will be ready to begin the step in his or her educational journey, the Elementary program.