6-9 YEARS OLD
Elementary aged children are actively social and begin to demonstrate an ability to think abstractly. Montessori education, at the lower elementary level, is designed to spark the imagination and to address the child’s need to interact with others.
Through observation, teachers outline individual plans for each child’s developmental level. Children are encouraged to learn both in cooperation with each other and independently. A multi-age classroom provides a community of support.
Our lower elementary classrooms are warm and inviting spaces. They are filled with intriguing materials, fascinating models, and colorful maps. The Montessori materials provided in each classroom are tools that stimulate the child into logical thought and discovery.
In our lower elementary classrooms, children have jobs and feel a sense of ownership within their environment and their individual work plans. They are self-motivated and enjoy the discovery and interactions that Montessori works provide.
Without the ability to picture what is beyond the senses, a child could not grasp the great mysteries of our universe. All elementary education begins and flows from the lessons of history: how the universe was formed, how life formed on earth, how man developed, and how man met his fundamental human needs of communication through the development of math and language. These studies result in an awareness of our interdependence and an inner gratitude for life. Our children will become the future world peacemakers.
There are many important subject areas your child will learn about each year, including:
9-12 YEARS OLD
In the upper elementary program, children are taught to express themselves and to self-teach by researching. Through research, they are able to share an abundance of knowledge with each other.This non-competitive environment fosters a love of learning and allows their natural curiosity to lead the way.
Our upper elementary classroom offers a customized learning environment allowing for many opportunities for individualized attention as well as fostering self-paced learning.
The classroom is an extension of the students’ world. As such, the emotional aspects of the upper elementary students play an important role in their development. We help the students understand how to work and be a part of a community in a positive and productive way. At this level, we do not shy away from difficulties or issues; instead, we work through them in a healthy manner.
The classroom is very calm and productive, but at times also lively and exciting, as collaborative activities take place. Empathy education and team building create an ever-changing and engaging environment. In the upper elementary classroom, your child will continue to learn: