(6-12 years old)
When entering the Elementary classroom for the first time, your child will feel comfortable and at home. Many of the Montessori materials used in the Primary program are also found in the Elementary classroom. Now, your child will find new ways to explore these materials, and build upon the foundation for learning that was initiated in the Primary program.
Meaningful learning happens when children are inspired by a lesson and begin to explore the subject on their own. In Montessori, the starting point for all courses of study is the Great Lessons, which covers areas like: natural science, history, geography, and much more. Follow up work and extensions offer opportunities to explore these areas in more detail. This approach creates a desire to learn and develops the tools students need to acquire and express new knowledge.
The children, teachers, and environment form a very special community where they work as a group to establish their own rules and understand their role as community members. In the Elementary program, we place a strong focus on:
Learning how to work well with others is a significant life lesson with practical applications in the world beyond the Academy – high school, college and the professional workplace of the future.
Elementary-age students are naturally inquisitive and have a strong internal desire to figure out how our world works. Montessori teachers acknowledge their student’s search for knowledge through the use of stories, inspiring imagination and encouraging them to independently explore whatever strikes their fancy – there is no limit!
In Montessori, children are given a say into how they are taught. Their individual learning styles and preference are valued and supported. Presentations are given in small groups to the children who are ready for them, regardless of their age. Your child is able to work with a material or concept as long as needed to gain understanding, or to move on when ready for the next step.
Students at the upper Elementary level (ages 9-12) begin to explore the notion of choice within a moral and ethical context. At this stage of development we introduce the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, which focuses on developing:
Through this we are preparing young people for success in adulthood. Conflict is human, but the motivation to resolve it comes from the children and their engagement with their projects.
Montessori Elementary students study many subjects. Since there is not a strict time schedule that the entire class needs to follow, children can focus on their self-chosen work with minimal interruption. To support individualized work plans, teachers meets with students on a regular basis to plan and monitor progress. The ability to make choices and achieve weekly goals is a learned skill that helps develop a sense of self-discipline.
Learning goes beyond the classroom at the Elementary level. We want students to be at ease navigating the world, not just our classrooms. With a city rich in opportunities at our doorstep, these opportunities are endless! At the Elementary level, classes typically go on one field trip each month to provide real life exposure to the topics covered in the classroom. These activities include visits to:
We encourage the use of public transportation whenever possible, as it exposes students to the diversity and culture of our city.