Dr. Montessori wrote and talked of sensitive periods in a child's life, and the materials in the Primary Classroom were developed for the child to be in that classroom from the age of two and a half to six. Each succeeding year builds on the previous year, culminating in a final year as a kindergarten student.

Practical Life

The child engages in activities that include care of self and care of the environment.  Small motor skills are strengthened and concentration is built.


Materials help the child refine sensorial impressions and powers of observation.


Writing and reading are explored using a phonetic program of individual sounds.  Sandpaper letters and moveable alphabet help connect the child with writing and reading.

Geography and Culture

The child is introduced to continents, countries, and states, as well as land and water forms.


Activities include number rods, golden beads, and number chains.

Why Choose Montessori?

Montessori vs. Traditional Schooling

The children at Crestview have a unique opportunity to experience a traditional Montessori education.  Dr. Montessori developed a curriculum for children that allows for learning without limits and is tailored to a child's individual needs and interests.  This experience is quite different from a traditional or private school setting and should be considered when deciding to enroll in a Montessori school.  Below are just a few of the many benefits offered to a child enrolled at Crestview:

  • Instruction adapts to each child's learning style.
  • Learning is reinforced internally through repetition and feelings of success.
  • A child is encouraged to teach, collaborate, and help others.
  • A child sets the pace in his/her own learning to internalize information.
  • Multi-sensory materials are used for physical exploration.
  • A child spots her/his errors through feedback of the materials.
  • Multi-sensory materials are used for physical exploration.