Learning How to Think.
The Montessori Elementary program, for children between the ages of
six and twelve, is designed to meet the needs of your child in this
phase of development. He is entering a new period in his life; this
imaginative, social, creative child needs a planned environment and
expansive course of study to support his potential.
This experience will shape not only his knowledge and skills, but
also his attitude about learning for the rest of his life.
The elementary “curriculum” is only limited by a child’s imagination.
The goal of a traditional curriculum is to delineate what a child is
supposed to learn. In Montessori, we want your child to be able to
learn everything! The starting point for all courses of study is the
“Great Lessons”; these scientific stories are presented every year
and give the students the “big picture” of cosmology, astronomy,
earth science, geography, chemistry, physics, biology, history,
anthropology, cultural and social studies, language, math, music,
and art. Subsequent lessons offer the children keys for exploring
these areas of human knowledge in more detail. As in the primary,
the lessons are starting points for your child’s own activity.
Meaningful learning happens when children are inspired by a lesson
and begin to explore the subject and work on their own.
Children work collaboratively and cooperatively.
Elementary children have a strong drive to be social and to collaborate.
For this reason, most of the lessons and follow-up projects in
elementary are done in pairs or groups of children. Each day, your child
will practice the social skills necessary to plan and carry out his
projects: delegation and division of labor, sharing resources, making
group decisions, taking responsibility for actions, and celebrating the
success of peers. The Montessori teacher models and supports constructive
and respectful problem solving. Learning how to work well with the
different personalities and characteristics of other children in the
classroom community is a significant life lesson with practical
applications in the “real world” of high school, college and the
professional workplace of the future.
Children explore their own interests while meeting age-appropriate standards.
The Montessori Elementary study both broadly and deeply, covering many
subjects not attempted in traditional schools. The children often
develop expertise in a subject that is especially interesting to them.
Because there is not a rigid schedule or prescribed curriculum that the
whole class must follow, your child can focus intensely on her
self-chosen work, with minimal interruption. At the same time, she
will collaborate with the teacher to ensure that the basic skills for
each grade are mastered. A version of the public school standards is
available to the class, and the teacher facilitates your child’s use
of these standards as a guide to her work choices. To support her
individualized plan of study, the teacher meets with her regularly to
plan and assess her progress.