The Primary ProgramPinewoods Montessori, North Carolina

Pinewoods Montessori Early Childhood Program:

Ages 3 to 6 Years Old

In the Montessori approach, we celebrate the natural abilities and unique learning patterns of each child. During the first six years of life, children enter the “absorbent mind” stage, where they use their senses to explore and learn about the world. Our Primary classroom is dynamic, with multi-sensory, hands-on, and self-correcting materials that build upon each other.

We believe that every child should progress at their own pace, according to their individual needs, while being encouraged to make independent choices about their activities. At the heart of the Montessori philosophy lies a deep understanding of children’s unique abilities and learning patterns. We utilize this knowledge to create an authentic learning environment that nurtures each child’s natural learning abilities.

By guiding students through the curriculum at their own pace, we empower them to master lessons and introduce new challenges as they are ready. Our hands-on early childhood materials allow for deeper exploration of the curriculum, and our faculty guide each student with personalized care and attention.

Our ultimate goal is to foster a love of learning in each child, allowing them to experience the joy and fulfillment of authentic learning. We believe that by respecting and honoring each child’s unique learning style, we create a space where they can truly thrive and reach their full potential. Join us in celebrating your child’s unique abilities and potential with a Montessori education.

The Primary Curriculum

The educational program for the Early Childhood level in Children’s House is distinguished by a core curriculum where children 3 to 6 years old acquire and applies a breadth of skills during a three-year learning cycle.

Well-planned lessons are presented in a carefully prepared educational environment filled with specifically- designed, age-appropriate materials. The Montessori trained teacher creates opportunities for individual children in a mixed-age community. The children learn and achieve at a rate which meets their particular needs and allows their talents to emerge.

The primary program encourages children 3 to 6 years old to explore, to cooperate, and to attain academic and social independence. The acquired skills are intended to prepare each child not only for success at the next academic level, but also for success in life.

Practical Life

Practical Life exercises are a cornerstone of Montessori education, fostering skills that promote self-care, empathy for others, and respect for the environment. These activities align with the daily routines children experience at home, and teach social graces and courtesy as well. As children engage in these tasks, they develop not only muscular coordination and independence, but also the ability to focus their attention on meaningful activities. This authentic approach to education instills practical skills that children can utilize throughout their lives, empowering them to make a positive impact in their class and at home.


Sensorial exercises help children develop their senses and build crucial discrimination skills. By engaging in activities that involve touch, sight, taste, smell, listening, and exploration of their surroundings, children are able to sharpen their cognitive abilities and learn to categorize and organize their perceptions.


The Montessori math activities help children comprehend abstract mathematical concepts in a tangible way. This approach allows children to manipulate concrete materials, which helps solidify basic math principles and prepares them for more advanced reasoning later on. By fostering problem-solving capabilities, Montessori math activities provide a strong foundation for children to build upon as they progress through their academic journey.


Montessori language activities develop a deep understanding of sound discrimination, prepare the hand for writing, encourage the development of written expression and lay a foundation of phonetic skills that prepare the child for reading.

Botany & Zoology

Introducing young children to botany, classification and zoology can truly ignite their curiosity and admiration for nature. These subjects offer a diverse range of activities that not only stimulate interest but instill a sense of appreciation and respect for all living creatures. By exploring the intricacies of plant life and the diversity of the animal kingdom, children discover the wonders of the world around them and develop a deeper understanding of the importance of conservation.


Learning about history provides children with a vast array of activities that foster curiosity and a deeper understanding of the world around them. The study of history also promotes empathy and a deeper appreciation for diversity, as children gain insight into the varied experiences and perspectives of people from different cultures and time periods.


Through sensory experience and the use of imaginative stories, children are introduced to both physical and political geography, using models of landforms, Montessori puzzle maps and the flags of the world. Presentations focus on people who live on different continents and their food, music, clothing, traditions, holidays, customs, and housing.


Maria Montessori understood that music is one of the fundamental spiritual needs of humans. All children in a Montessori classroom learn to sing on pitch and carry a tune, and even, with the advanced lessons on the Montessori Bells, learn to read and write music. Starting simply, teachers give children the opportunity to participate in one of the great joys of life – listening to and making music.

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