Our Pre-Primary Curriculum is designed for pre-preschool children ages 2-3, the years during which a child’s personality and intellectual development really takes shape. Children of this age need not only love, emotional nurturance and a healthy physical environment, but also an environment which promotes their very real need to learn.
Summersun Montessori provides an environment that encourages, assists, and protects the normal development of each child: a prepared environment that will foster respect, support, and respond to their basic needs of independence, exploration, and the building of trust and self-esteem.
The structure of the curriculum is based on five developmental areas:
1. Sensory and Perception
2. Physical and Motor
3 .Self-Help Skills
5. Social and Emotional
Our Pre-Primary program is led by one of our AMI-certified Montessori instructors, and is supported by our caring and experienced child-care staff.
A typical day in our Pre-Primary classroom will see children folding washcloths, sorting utensils after snack, returning activities to their proper place, listening to stories, singing group songs, or learning to use the potty. Unstructured play is critical component to each day, as well as many opportunities for exploring creativity and self expression.
The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth. From this almost mystic affirmation there comes what may seem a strange conclusion: that education must start from birth.
Summersun also offers a child care program during the summer months, which provides educational experiences outside of the academic year. The summer program is geared toward existing Summersun students ages 2-6 years old and mixes learning opportunities with exciting summer adventures.
Our school is open every weekday from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm but families have the option to enroll for the timeframe that works best for the child and the family*:
8:30 am – 2:30 pm
7:00 am – 5:30 pm
*Children are not required to be at school during all hours; parents are welcome to drop off and pick up their children at any point within their selected timeframe.
Our daughter went to Summersun after we fell in love with the school from our first experience with our son. The benefits of Montessori Philosophy help build self confidence and life skills. We feel fortunate to have been able to have Summersun staff and the Montessori Philosophy help in cultivating our daughters learning.”
Summersun Montessori is supported, in part, by community participation in two fundraisers. Wreaths and poinsettias are sold during the winter holiday season. Fresh flower baskets are sold in the spring time. If you would like to be notified when these fundraisers are underway, please contact us. Your participation is greatly appreciated, and supports educational developments at Summersun Montessori.
As a non-profit, we rely on the support of our parent community to keep our school running at its best. Summersun parents not only make up the bulk of our board of directors, but also volunteer an average of 20 hours per year to the school, participate in our two yearly fundraisers, and donate the equivalent of a month’s worth of tuition as a tax-deductable gift to the school. Summersun parents rock!