Metairie Primary Class
The Primary community has a very welcoming and spacious outlay that makes for a conducive environment to choose work. With an abundance of windows luminating the class and allowing natural sunlight to flow through, the sounds of nature are in full throttle. Children in the Primary community are in a prepared learning environment designed to meet their individual needs and to assure them the opportunity to reach their full potential. The shelves in the Primary class are lined with works that are progressive, moving from simple to complex and concrete to abstract. All is designed around the developmental needs as well as the interests of the individual child, based on the observations of the Montessori teacher, trained to identify those needs as they occur. Math, Language, Sensorial, Practical Life, Science, Geography, and The Arts are all part of the three-year program.
In the multi-age 3-year Primary program, the young child has the opportunity to look to the older child for social and academic guidance. In return, the older child has the opportunity to develop a high level of self-esteem and most certainly a greater sense of responsibility. This provides the basis for a high sense of community within the classroom and among the children as individuals. The development of the child--mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally is enhanced by the multi-age status of the classroom. With a great emphasis on the lessons of Grace and Courtesy, the child learns respect for his peers, for his environment, and for the world in which he lives. Academically, socially, and emotionally, each year provides a unique opportunity for the child to advance so that by the end of his third year, he is ready to meet all the challenges of first grade in every way.
The Primary child is exposed to exercises that employ movement, manipulatives, and free choice (within limits). In the Montessori class, free choice means the child may choose work on which he has had a lesson; work that he uses properly and returns properly and to work in groups with his peers. From following these guidelines, the child develops a sense of personal responsibility for making the right choice to properly care for his environment and his peers by putting his work away in consideration of the next person wanting to use the work. He develops a sense of independence by learning, through Practical Life activities, how to wash, clean and dry his work as necessary, sweep the floor, scrub the table and chairs, mop, bake, sew on a button, etc. He learns how to use his words with a peer when he is angry, hurt, or not understanding. At the conclusion of this 3-year program, the child is well on his way to becoming a good citizen of the world, of reaching his full potential as a human being, and most importantly, for becoming a life-long learner.
Kinder Haus Ratio-- 12:1 State Licensing Ratio-- 14-20:1
Meet Our Primary Team
Primary Teacher & Team Leader/Curriculum Development Team
Ms. Brandie joined our Kinder Haus family in 2013 and has a background in childcare and retail. Her natural love of children and her creativity and organizational skills make her a great fit for our children’s house. She completed her NAMC Montessori certification in July of 2014. In January of 2019, Ms. Brandie finished her hands on training from The Montessori World Educational Institute at Oaks Montessori in Hammond. She will be officially LMA (Louisiana Montessori Association) certified in January 2020. Ms. Brandie says, “I feel that teaching is my true passion, and calling – I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl. Teaching has so many rewards but the greatest has to be seeing how excited the children are to see you and knowing that you’re making a difference in, not only their day, but their lives". Brandie is a problem solver and high achiever, which shows in her teaching as well. Ms. Brandie is the mother of a teenage son- Kamryn & enjoys finding new and exciting craft activities to create, mostly using everyday items to see what they can be turned in to next! She also has a love for calligraphy and any type of activity that has to do with handwriting. We ask for Ms. Brandie's help anytime we need some fancy handwriting or lettering on anything! Loyal, punctual, calm and committed are just a few words that describe her personality. We appreciate her genuine dedication and love for Kinder Haus.... we appreciate all that you do Ms. Brandie!
Primary Teacher/ Music Teacher/ Fundraising Team/ Substitute Coordinator/ Parents' League Member
Ms. Sabrina is currently teaching Language & Math primarily but guides in all areas as needed and has also developed a Music Program for her students. Ms. Sabrina has been teaching in a Montessori setting since December of 2000; she did her Montessori training at the MWEI Institute at Oaks Montessori in Hammond. She is currently working on the home study section which mainly consists of essays. Ms. Sabrina has such a huge heart and is full of generosity and kindness. She believes,"Children should have access to materials and proper equipment that allow them the ability to be independent and learn at their own pace. A good childcare program should have a staff that communicates well with each other, children and parents. The program should also provide an environment that supports each child to develop to their fullest". She can guide in any area of the classroom at any given time, having the knowledge that she has. Ms. Sabrina is known for creating many new, educational and fun activities and loves doing arts and crafts. Ms. Sabrina also loves doing fun and festive activities with the children, such as making mini apple pies, apple sauce, cookies... just to name a few. When away from Kinder Haus, Ms. Sabrina has a lot of independent ventures but she also enjoys making many different crafts and planning parties/events. In addition, she is very active and involved in her local community church and spends her free time with her son Kaleb.
Primary Afternoon Enrichment Teacher/Afternoon Team Leader/ Newsletter/ Foreign Language (Cajun French)
In April 2019 we welcomed Mr. Rodney. His background ranges from babysitting & coaching cheer to running a leadership after care club & being a Playworks Mentor Coach at Chalmette Elementary School. While at Chalmette Elementary, Rodney developed an inclusive recess program for 650+ students as well as a successful motivational incentive system which resulted in increased staff engagement and investment in leadership programs. His custom curriculum design for Playworks Ed. was chosen to be featured on The Parish Educational Network for program excellence on the monthly Super News. Currently, Rodney is pursuing a degree in Child development & Family counseling as well as Elementary Education. 3 words that he has used to describe himself are: motivated, eclectic and compassionate. We couldn't agree more, but would add organized, punctual, and helpful with strong attention to detail skills. Recently, Rodney began writing our class/monthly newsletters. When asked why he became a teacher he replied: "I come from a long line of educators on both sides of my family, so at an early age in life, I knew this was the career choice for me". Rodney is a newly wed to his high school sweetheart and they are the proud parents of two furry babies: Charlie & Carter! His hobbies include traveling, choreographing dances & spending time with friends and family. As he arrives every day, you will hear the children say "Good MORNING Mr. Rodneeeeeey!". We are thrilled to have Mr. Rodney and all of his special talents around here at Kinder Haus.