The unique curriculum of a Montessori Elementary classroom exposes children to a world of learning. The Montessori Elementary Program is divided into two planes of development. Each plane is based on a three-year cycle, the second being dependent on what is learned and accomplished in the first.
In these multi-age classrooms, students are better prepare for the “real world” as they interact and experience a larger range of learning opportunities. Within this scientifically based curriculum, subjects like math, geometry, geography, and history naturally merge and deepen, creating a truly personalized education limited only by the extent of a child’s imagination.
In the Lower Elementary (1st-3rd grade) classroom, movement and hands-on learning allow children to continue to explore the Montessori curriculum at their own pace. The Great Lessons presented each year establish the framework for the integrated study of subjects in science and cultural studies, including botany, zoology, geography, and history. Mathematical concepts continue to be taught concretely allowing the students to visualize the lessons. As the students understanding develops, they move with confidence to finding solutions on paper or even in their heads. Work plans and mindfulness meetings allow students to balance academic, social, and emotional growth in the classroom while supporting the growth and development of the whole child.
In the Upper Elementary (4th-6th grade) classroom, students are given the level of independence they need to pursue more abstract learning. Students learn to monitor their learning/progress and accept accountability for competition. The Montessori Upper Elementary curriculum focuses on core subjects such as mathematics and language skills, as well as what are referred to as the cultural subjects: history, science, and geography. Regular exploration happens in our Outdoor Classroom where students participate in all levels of our farm-to-table program, planting, caring, and harvesting a large variety of products.
Students educated in this type of environment have consistently proven themselves to be leaders, innovators, explorers, and creators.