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Primary Curriculum: Developmental Leaps

In a Primary classroom at Crabapple Montessori School, you might see a child building the cube of the trinomial with colorful blocks – a preparation for the algebra that will be learned at the elementary level.

You may see children tracing geometrical-shaped objects and coloring the inside spaces with a back and forth motion. This is to improve eye/hand coordination and develop the fine motor skills needed to learn handwriting.

You might see the teacher giving group lessons on how to interact with peers and adults with grace and courtesy. These very young students practice the training outside the classroom too! It’s often said that if you see a child in a restaurant sitting and eating food calmly, most likely he or she is a Montessori child.

The Sensitive Period is a Time of Remarkable Development

Ages three to six is the second phase of what Dr. Maria Montessori called the “sensitive period,” when children have a desire to learn basic skills that give them independence and an ability to live in the world. This is a time of enormous developmental leaps, when children are ready to expand their vocabulary, grasp math concepts, and develop habits for working with others.

The Crabapple Montessori School classroom is equipped with research-based materials, and the curriculum is carefully designed for children to delight in a dynamic process of learning. It’s also a calm, structured space constructed to meet a child’s individual needs. Here, the child experiences a blend of freedom and discipline in a space specially prepared for his or her optimal development.

“To assist a child we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely.”


The Montessori preschool curriculum at Crabapple Montessori School, for children ages three through six, is interdisciplinary and interactive, encompassing five broad areas:

You’re invited to visit Crabapple Montessori School to see learning in action in a Montessori classroom! Call us at 770.569.5200 to schedule a time. We serve students in Alpharetta, Milton, Roswell, Canton, Woodstock, Cumming in north metro Atlanta.

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