Mandeville Primary Community
With bright, open classrooms appearing to invite the outside in from windows overlooking the beautiful front yard, children in the Primary class 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; 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, mop, bake, sew on a button, etc. He learns how to use his words with a peer when he is angry or 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.
Meet Our Primary Team
Primary Community Team Leader
Ms. Lauren has been a part of our Kinder Haus family as a parent for 5 years. She has B.S. in elementary education from the University of New Orleans with an add on certification for early childhood education. She taught in the St. Tammany public school system for 5 years before joining our team. Through her time teaching in the public school system, she has developed an interest and love for the early development of children. She says, "Watching my own children grow and develop during their time at Kinder Haus has only reinforced my confidence in this method of education. I am excited and cannot wait to learn more about the Montessori methods."
Primary Community Teacher
Mrs. Bethany started working at Kinder Haus during summer camp 2016 as our assistant lifeguard. After her first summer, she feel in love with the school and the Montessori philosophy. She has worked in the past in every classroom as the floater and as an afternoon teacher in the Primary classroom. She completed her Montessori certification for children ages 2 & 1/2 to 6 years old in 2018 from North American Montessori Center and has a Bachelor's degree from L.S.U. in Psychology. Her calm demeanor, friendly presence, easy going attitude, and love for the children made her a fantastic addition to the Primary classroom.
Primary Community Teacher
Ms. Rachel brings many different gifts to our school. She has her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the University of Louisiana Lafayette. In May of 2017 she graduated with her Montessori Certification for Infants and Toddlers ages birth to three from North American Montessori Center. Not only does she have many years experience working with young children, she has a 2 year old son. Rachel is flexible and eager to learn and incorporate the Montessori method into the lives of all the children she is around.