Primary Community @ St. Mark's
Our primary classroom serves children in PK3, PK4, and Kindergarten and is in session Monday through Friday, from 8:15am to 3:30pm. Children attend 5 days a week and may be dropped off between 8:15am and 8:30am. For first-year students (PK3 year), there is an optional early pick-up at 1:15pm. The primary classroom has one Lead Teacher (Guide) and one Assistant Teacher (Guide). Currently, this classroom has 16 children, with an adult to child ratio of 1:8. Children do not need to have completed toilet learning to attend.
In the primary classroom, children enjoy a three-hour morning work period, choosing activities of interest independently. We eat lunch together, practicing our table manners, etiquette, and the art of conversation. Our outdoor time includes a combination of walking and outdoor play. Younger children have a rest period in the afternoon, while older children have another chance to work with the Montessori materials during a two-hour afternoon work period.
The Lead and Assistant Guides work to provide a joyful and supportive environment, give children individual and group lessons, allow the children freedom to explore, and build a peaceful community.
We are pleased to offer a no-commitment program for parents in terms of volunteering. Our Lead and Assistant Guides are happy to assist and support the children in the classroom. We also offer monthly parent education evenings to further support caregivers and families.