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Ages 3 to 5 years

One of the primary goals of Fulbright Montessori Academy is to develop a strong and realistic sense of independence and self-reliance in young children. This area of the curriculum focuses on developing skills that allow the children to effectively control and deal with the social and physical environment in which they live. In addition, there is a focus on manners, community living, and control of movement. Each child experiences a growing pride in being able to “do it for myself.” Practical life lessons continue throughout the curriculum to increasingly advanced tasks, as appropriate.


Our sensorial materials help the children awaken, develop and refine their senses. We use sensorial materials in exercises of perception, observation, fine discrimination, and classification, all of which play a major role in helping children to develop their senses of logic and concentration. The materials isolate each of the senses so that the children are able to develop and refine one sense at a time.


The Primary Class environment helps inspire a spontaneous interest in learning how to read. Children come to this level with a great vocabulary and the basics of speech. Due to our multi-age classroom design, our youngest students are constantly exposed to the older children in the class who are already reading.


Through many exercises, including specially designed tasks using a pencil, children develop control of the hand in preparation for writing. Such exercises begin with very young children and extend over several years so that mastery is gradually but thoroughly attained. Once handwriting is fairly accomplished, the children begin to develop their composition skills and continue at increasing levels of sophistication.


Our math curriculum uses hands-on learning materials that make concepts and ideas clearly understood. Children enjoy working with beautiful bead material, wonderful objects to count, and dramatic presentations for mathematical operations. Their exposure to and practice in this area lead them to discover for themselves the answers to mathematical ideas.

Cultural Studies

Children at this level develop a sense of relationship with the world, an awareness and appreciation of other cultures, and an idea of world citizenship. Through activities that appeal to a sense of order and aesthetics, the children are exposed to various cultures and have the opportunity to share their own culture with their peers.


In science, children become involved with the secrets of nature. They develop a basis to sort out information through the classification of various objects. Additionally, as they learn about minerals and the powers of the universe, they become aware of what natural resources are and how they can conserve them.