About The Lower Primary

lower-primary The Libra House lower primary program is designed to meet the needs of children aged six to nine years old. In keeping with the Montessori philosophy, this is a multi-age class, so that both the younger and older children can benefit from the many advantages this environment provides.

At this time, the lower primary classroom can accommodate 8 children, with one teacher and one assistant. We strive to create a balance of boys and girls, as well as an even distribution of ages as much as possible.

The facility includes one classroom, an outdoor, covered balcony, and an outdoor playground. The classroom is equipped with a full set of Montessori materials, in a calm and aesthetically pleasing environment.

The school day is from 8:00 AM to 2:15 PM, Monday through Friday. The day begins with an uninterrupted 3-hour work session, and then follows with a class meeting and a one-hour lunch, rest, and outdoor play time. The afternoon includes another one-hour work session, and an activity or specialist (PE, Music, French).

Lower Primary Academics

The lower primary program at the Libra House Montessori School follows the structure and guidelines created by Dr. Maria Montessori. Subject content is introduced to children based on their individual readiness. All children are expected to complete the full course of study in each area, at their own pace. As in the Children’s House, students are free to choose their work from among the designed materials in the prepared environment, and are given uninterrupted time to complete tasks, and move freely in the classroom.

While the focus is on individual progress and choice, students at this age develop a desire to work collaboratively with their peers, and learn more about the world outside the classroom. Lower primary students are given opportunities to work in pairs and groups, follow their interests, and engage with members of the community, to the greatest extent possible.

Progress Reporting

Student progress is recorded using mastery checklists and anecdotal records, which are shared with parents at student-led conferences twice annually. Records are also made available to parents to view at any time.


A list of age-appropriate home activities, which correlate to the topics studied in class, will be provided to parents. We recommend that all students read materials of their choice daily.