6-12 years old (Grades 1-6)
Lower Elementary: 6-9 Years (Grades 1-3)
Upper Elementary: 9-12 years (Grades 4-6)
Children in the elementary years have an intellectual power unsurpassed at any other age. They are natural explorers of the world around them. They bring to their work two important tools: powerful reasoning minds and the ability to imagine. These intellectual tools, combined with a natural urge to collaborate with peers, opens a field of exploration so vast that virtually any concept or system can be explored and integrated into a comprehensive whole.
At the elementary level the children are deep in the process of researching, classifying and ordering phases of history, botany, geology, geometry, language and mathematics. Subject areas are integrated throughout the curriculum rather than being presented as separate disciplines. The teacher uses stories, pictures, charts and timelines to enrich the child's understanding and spark his/her interest in learning.
Academics are one aspect of the whole development of each child. The Montessori curriculum presents academics not as an isolated discipline but as inter-related area of study which creates awareness, curiosity and more global aspects for students which in turn makes learning exciting and challenging.
Enrichment is another area that provides additional opportunities which coordinates with our Montessori curriculum.
- Mathematics: Mathematics materials are concrete representations of abstract concepts that demonstrate what takes place in given mathematical process. Mathematics in the environment is an integration of arithmetic, algebra and geometry into a system where each illuminate the other.
- Language: Language serves as a foundation for what the child learns in all other areas, reading, writing and oral expression are emphasized. Students continue to build on their foundation of sound, phonics, writing and grammar.
- Cultural Areas: History, geography and the sciences are enhanced by lessons. These lessons are dramatic presentations giving the history of the universe and the world, as well as the evolution of plants, animals and humans on the earth. This creates an integrated curriculum of history, biology, geography, geology and the story of the development of language and mathematics.
- Outings: The children extend the classroom into the larger community in which they live by following up on an interest or research project. The student arranges a visit to a museum, library, pet store or other site that can provide them with the information they need.
- Visual Arts: Art focuses on residency experiences that build on the foundational elements and principles of art.
- Music: Students refine the basic elements of music including melody, rhythm, form, harmony, tone and expression.
- Spanish: Students acquire this through careful listening and repetition, achieved by visuals, games, songs, storytelling and physical activities.