For children ages 6 to 12 years
8:30 AM–3:30 PM: Montessori Elementary Class
For information on the before and after school care, see Flex Care.
Montessori does not end in the primary years. It continues through the elementary years by changing with the academic and developmental needs of each child. All of the traditional subjects including reading, writing, mathematics, science, geography and history make up our curriculum along with foreign language, art, music and dance.
The method in which these subjects are taught is wonderfully non-traditional. The materials for these subjects are arranged so that the child moves through directed steps, which she can easily master.
The students are encouraged to seek understanding of a subject through research, discussion, experiments, and hands on experience. The children choose their work and may work alone or in small groups with their mixed age classmates, where they learn to think and make decisions about their projects.
The elementary child has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Therefore a Montessori elementary education is meant to provide your child with an interrelated knowledge of all topics rather than a collection of memorized facts. It also teaches the child a systematic framework for studying and researching all topics that interest them. This does not mean that the core academics of reading, writing, and arithmetic are not emphasized; rather, these skills are refined in the elementary years through applied work which starts with the child's own questions about exploring and learning about the world around him.
The children work in an atmosphere of kindness and mutual respect. Service learning is part of the curriculum. The program creates an environment where the children accept responsibility for themselves and begin to see themselves as persons of integrity and character.
The students are required to keep a daily journal of their activities. Each child regularly reviews her progress in each subject with the teacher. Once a week, the child will bring home some of the work she has completed for the parents and child to review together. In addition, parents are kept apprised of their child's progress at conference times.
TRANSITIONING TO OTHER SCHOOLS
Parents often wonder how successful their children will be when they transition into a more conventional school. Studies have indicated that Montessori children encounter little or no problems with transition. Most excel academically as well as socially as a result of the experiences they had during their Montessori years. Because the Montessori materials cover the standard school curriculum generally, and in many instances go beyond, along with having achieved a high level of personal development, your child is usually very well prepared after completing Montessori elementary to enter their recommended grade in a public or private school.
Montessori children are usually good problem solvers who have a balanced outlook on life. They do not study just to get good grades, but because they actually love learning. Additionally, Montessori graduates are superior in another important aspect of development. Montessori is character- building. It encourages initiative, a positive self- image, and a desire to make the world a better place.