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Primary Program

In a world of rapid change and new discoveries, we can only guess the skills our children will need to succeed in the 21st century. Now more than ever, the essential lesson is learning how to learn. The most important years in our children’s education are not high school and college, but, instead, their first twelve years of life. This is when their sense of global understanding, their character and self-image, their basic skills and knowledge, and their appreciation for the diverse cultures and arts of the world are formed.

Brilliant Star offers our children a world-class education, along with an education of the heart, which nurtures truthfulness, trustworthiness, kindness, courtesy, compassion, self-confidence, joyfulness and humility.

The Brilliant Star Primary program is offered five days a week.  We offer a half day program (8:00 AM – 11:00 AM), the early afternoon pick-up (8:00 AM – 1:00 PM) and a full day program (8:00 AM – 3:00 PM).

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Montessori Eduaction is not only a method, it is a way of life.  A truly educated individual continues learning long after the hours and years spent in the classroom.  They are motivated from within by a natural curiosity and love for knowledge.  Dr Montessori felt, therefore, that the goal of early childhood education should not be to fill the child with facts from a pre-selected course of studies by rather to cultivate a natural desire to learn.

In the Montessori classroom this objective is approached in two ways: (1) by allowing each child to experience the excitement of learning by their own choice; (2) by helping them perfect all their natural tools for learning, so that their ability will be at a maximum in future learning situations.

Because the emphasis is on self-learning, and development of an inner discipline, the Montessori teacher has the time and freedom to be able to work individually with all the children in the class.

The Brilliant Star Primary classroom is a prepared learning en vironment with five areas of interest:  Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, and Cultural.

 Practical Life

For the young child there is something special about tasks which an adult considers ordinary – washing dishes, paring vegetables, and polishing shoes. They are exciting to the child because they allow him to imitate adults. Imitation is one of the child’s strongest urges during his early years. Several of the Practical Life Exercises involve the use of water with which most children naturally like to play. Carrying water in a pitcher and pouring it in a basin helps the child to perfect his coordination. As he becomes absorbed in an activity such as scrubbing a table top, he gradually lengthens his span of concentration. He also learns to pay attention to details as he follows a regular sequence of actions. Finally, he learns good working habits as he finishes each task and puts away all his materials before beginning another activity.  Although the Practical Life Exercises may seem simple and commonplace, they are actually a very important part of the Montessori program. Each of the tasks helps the child to prefect his coordination, which prepares him to later work with the more intricate academic materials. No learning takes place without concentration and attention. The child prepares to learn by performing exercises which help him to gradually lengthen the time in which he can focus his attention on a specific activity.

 Sensorial

The young child learn about the world around them through the use of their senses.  Give the child an unfamiliar object and watch what they do.  They will examine it closely, using their sense of sight, touch, tase, sound and smell.  Sensorial materials help the child develop their ability to distinguish and categorize and then connect this new information to what they already know.  Proficiency in the sensorial materials give the child a good undersatanding of the reality around them and a good base on which to build.

 Math

The math area contains an array of materials that begin with basic numeration to complex mathematical operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, etc.  Mathematics are presented sequentially and approached on a sensorial level.  For example, once a child learns the concept of zero through nine, they are introduced to place values using the “golden bead materials”.  They can then progress to creating numbers, combining numbers (addition), repetitive addition (multiplication) , subtraction, and repetitive subtraction (division).

 Language

The language area contains a number of materials such as sand paper letters, object boxes, movable alphabet, phonics and materials to develop small muscle control for writing.  The natural progression for language development is first to write.  The language area contain materials such as the movable alphabet to aid the child in the process of writing by removing the labor of forming the letters.

 Cultural

The cultural area includes Science, Geography, History, and Social Studies.  There are many manipulative materials in the classroom for the child to explore such things as parts of plants, land forms, maps of the world and continents, parts of animals, cultures of other lands, etc.  The materials allow the child to explore cultural subjects as far as as deep as their curiosity takes them.