PRIMARY  PROGRAM

Princeton Preparatory School's Primary Program offers children ages 3 through 6 an environment designed to invite curiosity, foster inner discipline, and motivate children to learn. Our multi-age Primary classrooms, span three years, including the Kindergarten year. Our primary program accepts only 30 students each year. 

 

The rich Montessori curriculum allows children to learn essential academic skills, gain problem solving and critical thinking skills. A Princeton Preparatory Schools education builds character and a sense of global and social responsibility. Princeton Preparatory Primary students are assessed both academically and socially through classroom observations, informal and formal assessment, and a collection of the child’s work. Student progress is shared with parents through Parent Conferences, Progress Reports, and as needed or requested throughout the year.

Each child works independently or in small groups at activities from the five main areas of the classroom.


Practical Life
The child's first introduction to Montessori's curriculum begins in the Everyday Living area of the classroom. The aim of the Everyday Living curriculum is to foster within each child coordination, concentration, order and independence. Mastery of these core skills develops the base needed for the work in all other areas of the classroom, as well as, for all aspects of the child's life.

Sensorial
The sensorial materials enable the child to order, classify and describe sensory impressions in relation to length, width, height, temperature, mass, color, scent, taste, touch and pitch.

Math
The use of manipulative materials enables the child to internalize concepts of numbers, symbols, sequence, operations and memorization of basic facts.


Language
Oral language development, written expression, reading, study of grammar, creative dramatics and children's literature are introduced in our language curriculum. In addition, the children are exposed to the Spanish language in a way that is both fun and educational.

Culture
Children are introduced to the basics of geography, history, life sciences, earth sciences, music, art and movement.  At Princeton Preparatory School we also believe that in order to educate the whole child it is essential that the children have exposure to the arts. By providing opportunities to create, express and communicate one's feelings through art and music, the child is provided with the tools to develop a critical assessment of what they see, hear and read.

 

Classes meet from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with lunch at noon. 

OUR PRIMARY PROGRAM DAILY SCHEDULE

  • 8:00am-8:25am: Arrivals and greeting. Circle Time- Bible story and lesson of the day, monthly studies, calendar and singing

  • 8:30am-11:30am: (3 hours) Work Cycle- Work Cycle: Group and individual activities are chosen, including, but not limited to, language, mathematics, sensorial, cultural, art, science, social studies and practical life. Children have a mid morning snack at 10:00am

  • 11:30am-12:00pm: Lunch

  • 12:00pm-12:30pm: Outdoor Play - Explore our natural world 

  • 12:30pm-2:00pm: (1 hour 30 minutes) Rest Time. Relax and recharge

  • Five years (Kindergarten) Primary Students continue with the afternoon work period

  • 2:00pm-2:30pm: Afternoon Small Group Activities 

    • Monday = Music (FUNdamentals of Music and Movement)

    • Tuesday = Geography and Culture

    • Wednesday = Chapel 

    • Thursday = Science and Nature Studies (The Great Outdoors)

    • Friday = Yoga

  • 2:30pm-3:00pm: Outdoor Play

  • 3:00pm-3:30pm: End of school day (Car-line)

  • 3:30pm-5:30pm: Afterschool Program