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.
Following a program developed in Canada called AMI, elementary children receive French class three times a week, a part of their curriculum requirements. Once our students leave sixth grade, they have a solid understanding of the grammatical structure of the French language and are able to read, write, and speak French.
The elementary student plays a big part in our farm-to-table program. By learning about organic farming, preparing the soil for planting, planting, and harvesting the yield, students learn hands-on about permaculture principles.
Weekly enrichment classes in music, physical education, art, and peace education classes are part of both elementary level curriculum studies.
Before Care is available 7:45-8:20 a.m. Aftercare is available 3:25-5:30 p.m. A majority of the time for after school care is spent outside when weather permits. General play.
Camps are run Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Past camps have been cooking camp, sewing camp, nature awareness camp, etc. Each year varies depending on interest and staffing.
To further enhance your child’s education, a variety of after school programs are offered, including Chess Club, Robotics, Speech Club, or Dance. Class times and fees vary pending interest and staffing.