3 – 5 years old | 8:30am – 12:00pm Base (8:30am-3:30pm for nappers)
Elder year (Kindergarten) 5 – 6 years old
During the primary years children learn through experience and a series of self-directed activities. In this 3-year cycle students are exposed to materials that will address sensory learning, using their sense of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing to take in all the information of the materials offered in the environment.
After the transition process from the toddler environment to the primary environment has been completed, the child will continue his or her independent educational journey in this new, primary environment. By interacting with materials and lessons provided by the guide, children in this environment develop and grow through the practice of processes. The child learns to place a value on the work and process of learning.
As well as learning through sensorial processes, children practice learning through the observation of their peers, and interaction with others. Because it is a 3-cycle, children grow during their time in the primary classroom. As they grow, the materials and lessons they receive grow as well. The guide addresses these growths and changes with lessons appropriate to every child’s learning needs.
The Elder Year (Kindergarten)
The Elder year, also known as Kindergarten, is an important year for the 5-year-old children in the Primary classroom. Naturally, they become leaders of the classroom, taking on responsibilities and developing their social skills as role models to younger students. Learn more about the Kindergarten/ Elder year to better understand this important year in your child’s education.
Our elder participate in special enrichments of Yoga, Science Fridays, Art, Music, and Nature Discovery. They also join the elementary every year for our annual International Night and Science Fair, presenting their own research in each of these areas.
Learn more about how your child will be experiencing and growing the primary environment.