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Primary Programs

Preschool student spelling out worlds with Montessori materials on a rug

Maria Montessori called the period from preschool through kindergarten "the age of the Absorbent Mind." Colorful, age-appropriate Montessori materials encourage and inspire curiosity, imagination, and learning in the eager minds of students ages two to six. Language- and movement-rich activities nourish their rapid vocabulary development and strengthen motor skills and coordination.

At Oneness-Family School we offer two programs at our primary level: our Little Stars program for toddlers age 2-3, and our Children's Peace Garden program for students age 3-6. Our Little Stars program has a ratio of one teacher to six students, with class sizes generally ranging from twelve to sixteen students. Our Children's Peace Garden program has a ratio of one teacher to eight students. There are two classrooms for this level, each with a typical range of 18-22 students and two teachers per class.

Pre-kindergarten students learning Montessori material with teacher

Full & Half-Day Programs

Oneness-Family School offers both full-day and half-day options for primary program students. We also offer Before Care (Little Stars: 8:00-8:30 am; Children's Peace Garden: 7:30-8:30 am) and Aftercare programs (3:30-6:00 pm) for all students at this level.

Little Stars (Ages 2-3)

  • Half-Day: 8:30-11:30 am
  • Full-Day: 8:30 am - 3:15 pm 

Children's Peace Garden (Ages 3-6)

  • Half-Day: 8:30-11:30 am
  • Full-Day: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Key Program Components

Independent Learning

A growing body of research affirms Dr. Montessori's observation that a student's ability to focus is the foundation of all other successful learning. Preschool-K students are given the freedom to become absorbed for long periods of time in a single activity and to return to and repeat certain activities of choice until they attain mastery of the skill involved. Classrooms are designed to allow uninterrupted work cycles, so children develop strong attention skills.

Primary program class sizes are intentionally limited in size so that teachers can focus fully on each student and best practice our student-centered learning philosophy.

Primary program classroom view with colored pencils
Pre-Kindergarten student learning with teacher

Assessment

Montessori was founded on the principle of observations and in addition to tracking academic skills, the teachers record social, emotional, and physical abilities to better serve the student’s needs and support their development.

Tracking is done on each individual student’s progress by grade and subject following the school’s annual subject goals and a scope and sequence developed by Dr. Montessori. Tracking is based on conversation, presentation, observation, self-assessments, and student portfolios, and progress is shared in detailed reports.

Primary Program Benchmarks

The Benchmarks summarize the skills and outcomes students accomplish at each level of our Primary Program.

Primary Program Faculty

Bodil Eriksson

Bodil Eriksson

Director of Curriculum & Primary Programs
Roji Tamang

Roji Tamang

Primary Program Teacher (Ages 2-3)
Marjorie Arriola

Marjorie Arriola

Primary Program Teacher (Ages 2-3)
Ja'Shai Rowe

Ja'Shai Rowe

Assistant Toddler Aftercare Teacher
Matthew Chappell

Matthew Chappell

Primary Program Teacher (Ages 3-6)
Carina Sonora

Carina Sonora

Primary Program Teacher (Ages 3-6)
Katrina Bunuan

Katrina Bunuan

Primary Program Teacher (Ages 3-6)
Melissa Maltby

Melissa Maltby

Primary Program Teacher (Ages 3-6)
Jamie Unte

Jamie Unte

Assistant Preschool Teacher (Ages 3-6)
Adaobi Akuazaokua

Adaobi Akuazaokua

Assistant Preschool Teacher, Aftercare Teacher