Primary Preschool Program

(3 - 6 Years)

Ignite Your Child’s Love of Learning

When a student enters the Primary program at Hill Country Montessori School, they will be experiencing a critical period in their academic life, developing independence, self-confidence, and decision-making skills. Our teaching method encourages preschoolers 3 – 6 years of age to explore and discover, interact with classmates, and take ownership of their education.

At HCMS, the Primary Preschool environment is designed to foster your child’s growth in areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, and Mathematics. Our Montessori certified teachers encourage self-directed learning that promotes self-confidence, independence, critical thinking, as well as social-emotional and intellectual growth.

What Will Your Child Learn?

The HCMS Primary Preschool program curriculum is designed to guide your child through learning at his or her own pace, identifying their interests and abilities, and developing personalized learning plans tailored to their needs.

The Montessori Primary program curriculum contains the following areas of learning:

  • Pre-math activities:  sorting objects, grading objects (small, medium, large), oral counting games
  • Symbols and quantities
  • Linear counting
  • Simple word problems
  • Counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, and 100’s to 1000, constructing numbers to 9,999
  • Addition and subtraction facts and problems
  • Introduction to concepts of multiplication, division, fractions, measurements, and money
  • Geometry:  naming shapes, counting sides, and sorting into like categories

  • Oral language/vocabulary enrichment
  • Perceptual exercises
  • Phonetic awareness
  • Reading
  • Grammar
  • Dictionary skills
  • Penmanship
  • Writing
  • Journaling/creative writing
  • Research

  • Our changing world
  • History through storytelling
  • Art, music, food tasting
  • Traditions:  holidays, clothing, languages, food, music
  • Astronomy:  The universe/solar system
  • Introduction to the globe/maps
  • Study of individual continents
  • Cardinal directions
  • Zoology (animal life) and Botany (plant life)
  • Hands-on science experiments and research

  • Abstract ideas in concrete form
  • Isolation of difficulty focusing on one changing quality at a time
  • Control of error
  • Orderly fashion/aesthetically pleasing
  • Tactile and auditory discrimination
  • Visual, and chromatic sense
  • Stereognostic sense
  • Gustatory sense
  • Olfactory sense
  • Thermal sense

  • Mental concentration
  • Purposeful, controlled movements
  • Development of a positive self-image
  • Assisting each student in acquiring efficient movement
  • Promote improved sensory functioning
  • Interaction with the world through the visual auditory, tactile, vestibular, and kinesthetic senses

  • Classical music introduction
  • Comparing styles of music
  • Music for finding peace
  • Experimenting with a variety of instruments
  • Rhythm clapping
  • Holiday/cultural music
  • Self expression

  • Shape, color, value, texture, form, and space
  • Famous artists and their works
  • Curricular integration
  • Expressions of feelings and experiences
  • Fine motor skill refinement
  • Crayons, pastels, water colors
  • Collage, sewing, weaving
  • Cutting, pasting, and folding

  • Grace and courtesy
  • Sense of order
  • Concentration
  • Control of movement
  • Independence
  • Responsibility for work and environment
  • Refine small motor skills
  • Sense of pride
  • Care of environment
  • Care of person

The Montessori Classroom Environment

In the Primary Preschool environment, daily opportunities are provided that allow the growing student to achieve successive levels of independence in thought and action. The experience of contributing to the care of the environment results in a sense of belonging and self-worth. The environment affords a place where students can act independently, direct their own life, and, therefore, become conscious of their own powers and abilities. 

By working in collaboration and harmony with others, students learn to be an effective and cooperative member of the classroom community. The students become self-disciplined, self-directed, and motivated in the learning process, which leads to a life-long love of learning.

Primary Classroom Learning Materials

The HCMS Primary classroom learning materials are designed to teach one skill at a time to allow your child to work independently and master the concept before moving on to the next. The materials are designed to help children develop confidence and promote critical thinking. In a sense, our teachers act as guides and the child becomes their own teacher, which is a skill that will last a lifetime.


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