Each of our Primary classrooms is a mixed-age community, enrolling children from 2 years 9 months to 6 years of age. (All children must be toilet-trained by the start of the school year.)
Over the course of three years, these students grow and thrive by developing close ties to their peers and teachers. Our preschoolers (2 yrs. 9 mos. to 5 yrs. old) attend school five mornings a week with the opportunity to extend their program into the afternoon. After lunch, our younger students (2 yrs. 9 mos. to 4 yrs. old) are provided a rest period with dim lights, soft music, and quiet reading. Children who have outgrown rest, but are not yet age-eligible for Kindergarten attend Casa, an afternoon work time focused on practical life activities. In their third year, kindergarteners (5 to 6 yrs. old) attend five full days. This afternoon learning group offers our oldest students the chance to work with their teacher in small groups on more advanced Montessori materials. In addition to continuing their work in the afternoon, Kindergarteners take on more responsibility and have the privilege of participating in special activities and excursions.
During the course of a typical school day, students at Clementine Montessori enjoy learning about art, Spanish, music, cooking, and gardening as extensions to their regular classroom activities.