Pre-Primary/Early Elementary

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In the FCMA Pre-primary and Early Elementary programs students enjoy exploring in beautifully prepared Montessori environments.  Our classes are designed to offer individualized learning and provide the necessary Montessori materials to help each student develop skills essential for these age groups.  Each classroom offers the children experiences in the practical life, sensorial, language, math and cultural (geography, history, science, music and art) areas.  The materials in these curriculum areas are self-correcting.  This enables each child to gain greater confidence and perfection through his choice and repetition.  Children gain a sense of independence as they take an active role in the Montessori environment.  Below is a list of skills students in the Pre-primary and Early Elementary programs work towards developing.

A young girl cleaning the back of a wooden chair

Practical Life

Care  of Oneself

  • Dressing/Undressing
  • Hand Washing
  • Food Preparation
  • Sewing

Care of the Environment

  • Dusting
  • Plant Care
  • Table Scrubbing
  • Flower Arranging
  • Dish Washing

Grace & Courtesy

  • Greeting Others
  • Asking for Help
  • How to Problem-Solve

Skills  Developing

  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Coordination
  • Independence
  • Sense of Order
  • Concentration

Science

Physical Science

  • States of Mater
    • Solids
    • Liquids-Water
    • Gas-Air
  • Magnetism
  • Sound
  • Light/Shadow
  • Electricity
  • Motion/Friction
  • Simple Machines
  • Inertia
  • Heat
  • Chemistry

Life Science

  • Living/Non-Living
  • Plant/Animal
  • Botany
  • Seeds
  • Plants
  • Tree
  • Leaf
  • Roots
  • Fruit
  • Flower
  • Gardening/Harvesting
  • Zoology
  • Vertebrate/Invertebrate
  • Migration/Hibernation
  • Herbivore/Carnivore/Omnivore
  • Fish
  • Amphibians
  • Birds
  • Insects
  • Mammals
  • Predator/Prey

Earth Science

  • Energy
  • Air Cycle
  • Weather/Climate
  • Seasons
  • Rocks/Minerals
  • Parts of Earth
  • Volcanoes

Human Anatomy

  • Parts of the Body
  • Internal Organs
  • Five Senses
  • Nutrition

Ecology

  • Recycling

Astronomy

Aviation

Scientific Process

Sensorial

Visual Sense

  • Dimension
  • Form
  • Color

Tactile Sense

  • Texture
  • Temperature
  • Weight

Auditory Sense

  • Volume
  • Pitch

Gustatory Perception

  • Discrimination of Tastes

Olfactory Perception

  • Discrimination of Smells

Skills Developing

  • Comparisons
  • Decision Making
  • Spatial Reasoning/Awareness

History

Time

  • Calendar
  • Days of the Week
  • Months of the Year
  • Seasons
  • Clock Study
  • Timeline of Life
  • Earth History

Three Fundamental Tenses

  • Past
  • Present
  • Future

Personal History

  • Birthday Celebrations
  • Personal Timelines

Language

Receptive & Expressive

Language

  • Enrichment of Vocabulary
  • Stories, Songs & Poems
  • Retell & Describe Stories
  • Ask/Answer Questions
  • Oral Sound Games

Pre-Reading/Reading Skills

  • Auditory Discrimination
  • Sound Manipulation
  • Sequencing
  • Rhyming
  • Sound Segmentation
  • Decoding
  • Phonograms
  • Sight Word Vocabulary
  • Word Study
  • Sentence Analysis

Composition/Creative Writing

  • Moveable Alphabet
  • Greeting Others
  • Asking for Help
  • How to Problem-Solve

Skills  Developing

  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Coordination
  • Independence
  • Sense of Order
  • Concentration

Geography

Physical Geography

  • Land & Water Forms

Exploration of Globes & Maps

  • Continents
  • Countries
  • States
  • Oceans
  • Mapping Skills

Cultural Geography

  • Continent Studies
  • Cultural Celebrations
  • Flags

Mathematics & Geometry

Numbers 1-10

  • One to One Correspondence
  • Numerical Names
  • Quantity to Symbol
  • Sequencing
  • Writing Numbers

The Decimal System

  • Place Value
  • Using 0 as a Place Holder
  • Exchanging

Operations and Math Facts

  • Addition
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Subtraction

Linear & Skip Counting

  • Place Value
  • Tens
  • Teens
  • Greater Than/Less Than

Supplemental Math:

  • Fractions
  • Time
  • Money
  • Graphing

Art & Music Appreciation

Art

Exploring & Creating

  • Coloring
  • Drawing
  • Painting at an Easel
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Clay/Sculpture
  • Collage
  • Printmaking
  • Weaving

Appreciation

  • Individual Artist Studies

Music

  • Matching Pitch
  • Identifying Patterns, Beats & Vocal Timbres
  • Rhythm
  • Music From Around the World

Appreciation

  • Individual Composer Studies