Early Childhood


Primary child's universal motto

Help me to help myself!
Our Primary Montessori Program is an "aid to life" perspective. It is designed with the knowledge that children entering this stage of development from three to five years of age are increasingly capable people, eager for new and broader learning opportunities and social explorations.

The young child's Absorbent Mind has now reached a conscious state of being. At no other time in life is learning so effortless, as within this special time of development, quite naturally allowing the child to incarnate life experiences into the very fabric of his/her being! We believe that every child deserves to have an exceptionally planned and well-prepared learning environment, precisely intended to aid in the Primary child's self-construction. We follow these promptings with great reverence and regard for individual growth.

The role of the Primary teacher is to prepare the learning environment and to act as a personal guide to each and every student: to recognize readiness, to follow personal interests, and to illuminate the way on the child's journey through active discovery. The Montessori Guide is first an observer, then a facilitator, guiding the child toward ever-expanding concepts of interest and ability.

Primary Curriculum

In Primary, we have the unique honor of introducing the world to the child! Our Primary Montessori Curriculum includes a wide range of interconnected, age-appropriate learning materials, in the areas of Practical Life, Grace and Courtesy, Language, Handwriting, Mathematics, Science, Geography, Culture, and the Arts. Curriculum lessons are given individually or in small group settings. Each lesson is specifically designed to isolate a particular concept and to facilitate the skills of order, concentration, coordination, and independence. The child is free to select the work that he/she most desires and to repeat it as often as the need is alive to do so. Hands-on, self-correcting materials allow the young child the ability to repeat and refine these budding concepts, again and again, until they are integrated into his/her self construct.

We strive to facilitate growth for the Whole Child in Mind, Body, AND Spirit. While our Montessori curriculum nurtures intellectual and physical growth, our Social and Emotional curriculum attends to the heart of the child. Special attention is given to navigating positive social interactions, bringing consciousness toward personal rights and responsibilities, such as respect for others and care of one's emotional self, and support in navigating effective problem solving strategies and practices. The Social and Emotional aspect of our Primary program curriculum is absolutely essential to the overall well-being and emotional security of every child, and so it is with great reverence and intention that we approach these interpersonal aids to life. The Primary years lay a very solid foundation for a life-long love of learning, optimism and positive personal growth.

Primary Specials

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  • Movement Education

    Movement Education, led by Lea Comte, Dance/Movement Theraprist, combines the principles of Maria Montessori and dance/ movement therapy to "follow the child." Each movement group will present students with opportunities to integrate mindfulness, creative and structured movement, developmental body organizations, and interpersonal neurobiology. Through personalized curriculum and community building, Movement Education promotes self-confidence, creative expression, self-regulation, and body awareness. Primary students have weekly Movement Education groups, as well as daily outdoor play time.

    About Lea:
    I am a native-born Texan and joined Headwaters School in 2014. I began working with children professionally in 2009 after graduating with my Master’s degree in Dance and Movement Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute. When working with students, I apply my training as a mental health clinician and my special interest in sensory integration and interpersonal neurobiology. I adore working with the Headwaters community and cherish every interaction I have with students, parents, and staff. For fun, I spends time dancing with abandon, practicing arm balances in yoga, and paying homage to the sun and howling at the moon while camping.
  • Soccer Shots

    Soccer Shots is an optional extracurricular program offered to our Primary students after school once per week. Soccer Shots is a national program that teaches children the beautiful game of soccer. One of their trademarks is the developmentally appropriate curriculum they use that emphasizes creative play, enjoyment of sport, and character-building lessons. Their sessions range from 30-40 minutes in length, and the coaches are energetic and enthusiastic individuals who love working with kids of all ages.

    See more details here.

    If you are interested, please visit their website to register at this link.
  • Spanish

    Mariposas Spanish School has been teaching children Spanish since its inception in 1999. Home grown in Austin, Texas, Mariposas is a hands-on, thematically organized program that allows children to learn Spanish through music, literature, games, visual aids, sign language, art, and beyond. Spanish is offered to YCC and Primary children for an additional cost.

    See more details and register here.

Springs Campus

18 months to Pre-K
6305 Menchaca Rd.
Austin, TX 78745
Phone: 512-443-8843

Creek Campus

Elementary School
9607 Brodie Ln.
Austin, TX 78748
Phone: 512-804-2708
Fax: 512-628-4810

River Campus

Middle & High School
807 Rio Grande St.
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-480-8142
Fax: 512-480-0278