“One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.” – Dr. Maria Montessori
The Primary classroom is a joyful environment where children are given one on one and group lessons from the five traditional Montessori curriculum areas: practical life, sensorial development, language, mathematics. and culture (which includes geography, science, art and music). The morning work cycle includes circle time, snack, formal Montessori presentations, and uninterrupted time for choosing and completing work. Guided by a credentialed Montessorian and a trained Assistant Teacher, children choose to work alone or with a friend, and they are free to explore the activities that most appeal to them. ToTH students enjoy an hour of outdoor playtime each day, weather permitting, and nap in the afternoons if tired. Our Montessori-trained Spanish teacher joins the classroom 5 hours every week.
For the 2020-21 school year, arrival is any time between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m., and school ends at 3:15pm. Any children who are not picked up by 3:15 p.m. will be signed into our Extended Day program (which is included in tuition). Pick up from Extended Day is anytime before 6:00pm.
The ToTH Primary Community. The most successful Primary programs are strong communities in which families view themselves not as patrons, but as partners. ToTH Primary parents are supported with parent education nights, newsletters, conferences, social media, family events, and resources. We welcome families who are passionate about offering their 3-6 year-old an authentic early Montessori experience and who are confident that our Primary program is a good fit.
Visit our school. To schedule a tour of the classroom, which is located in a secure first floor suite in the newly built Capper Community Center at 1000 5th Street SE in Navy Yard, or to inquire about enrollment, please contact our Admissions Director, Ila Furman, at Ila@toddlersonthehill.org.