The Westwood School’s Primary program is a special and unique environment where children establish the foundation for all future social relationships and academic success. They become part of a multi-age and diverse community.
Three to six is the stage where nurturing a child’s independence, self-esteem, and self-discipline is most valuable. We introduce them to the foundations of academics. As a Montessori environment, primary is distinguished by a hands-on core curriculum that allows each child to acquire and apply a breadth of skills during a three-year learning cycle. Lessons in Grace and Courtesy teach them how to successfully interact with peers and they begin to acquire the communication skills that will help them achieve success in life.
Through the use of the scientifically designed three-dimensional materials of the Montessori Method, children learn to order and classify their world. They strengthen their sensory impressions and heighten their awareness of the surrounding environment. This creates lifelong neural connections that support future abstract learning.
Based on phonics, children learn to associate sounds with letter symbols, and groups of letters that blend into words. They explore reading through creative writing and nomenclatures and The Great Books. Students are immersed in Spanish for part of the day and also introduced to Mandarin.
Through the mathematics materials children learn that number symbols have a quantitative meaning and learn the processes involved in basic math operations. They then learn about the hierarchy of math as they do four-digit problems. Further inquiry into concepts of time, measurement, and money is also facilitated through three-dimensional representations.
Children learn about the world around them, including planet Earth, continents, and landforms as well as peoples and world cultures. They research animals and plant life. They learn organism classifications, geologic vocabulary, organic structures, star formations, and the cosmos. They experience the world rather than just reading about it.