Petoskey Montessori
Children's House And
Elementary School

Primary - Ages 3 to 6 years old

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The philosophy of freedom and discipline in a Montessori Primary classroom is often misunderstood; the rules in our classroom are few but consistent. Discipline grows as children react to the gradual freedom that is given to them as they are ready and capable of handling this freedom. 

In this context, the children are permitted to choose their own ‘work’ based on the activities/lessons that have been presented to them; they may work with the material for as long as they’d like, and as often as they wish, provided no one else has already selected that work. With the freedom to choose their own work comes the responsibility of handling and putting it away correctly. This implies that there is a realistic respect for the materials and the other preschool children as well as the environment. 

The children are free to work, to rest and walk around the room, to talk to a friend, or observe another child at work. They are not free to touch or disturb another child’s work, run or use loud voices, display bad manners, misuse the materials, or hurt another child. This helps the growth of inner discipline.

The main purpose of the materials in the Primary classroom is to attract the child’s will to do the exercise that we call work. A secondary aim is the sensorial or conceptual knowledge the child acquires. Each child builds up his own involvement in his work and is his own timekeeper with no bells, alienating time blocks, or teacher imposed activities.  Freedom allows the child to develop qualities of initiative, independence, persistence and concentration. These qualities cannot be taught, but learned by experience in the Montessori classroom. 

Guide: Brittany Spuller

Primary Enrollment

Please visit our Enrollment page for more information on our enrollment process and forms.  

Primary Monthly Tuition Rates

Serving children 3 - 6 years
10% sibling discount

Primary is a five day per week program.

Full Days - 7:30am - 5:30pm $1,100.00
3/4 Days -  8:00am - 3:00pm $875.00

Tuition rates effective September 2022

 

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