Primary program ( 3 to 6 years old)
Korat Montessori Primary Program for children ages three to six years old is a “living” classroom for children. The children evaluate and choose their activities from open shelves and work in distinct work areas – on tables or on rugs on the floor. As time passes, the children develop a “normalized community” working with high concentration and minimal interruptions.
The Primary program environment consists of the following areas:
In this section of work, the child finds materials and exercises of his everyday life from pouring water from a jug to a glass, or learning how to tie a shoelace. These activities help the child to properly take care of him/herself so that he may feel as though he is independent and does not have to rely on an adult for his /her basic needs. The Practical Life component of the Montessori approach is the link between the child's home environment and the classroom. Practical life encompasses four main areas: Control of Movement, Care of Person, Care of Environment , and Grace and Courtesy.
From an early age children are developing a sense of order and they actively seek to sort, arrange and classify their many experiences. The sensorial component provides a key to the world, a means for a growth in perception, and understanding that forms the basis for abstraction in thought. The sensorial materials give the child experience initially in perceiving distinctions between similar and different things. Later the child learns to grade a set of similar objects that differ in a regular and measurable way from most to least. Each piece of equipment is generally a set of objects which isolate a fundamental quality perceived through the senses such as color, form, dimension, texture, temperature, volume, pitch, weight and taste. Precise language such as loud/soft, long/short, rough/smooth, circle, square, cube and so on is then attached to these sensorial experiences to make the world even more meaningful to the child.