Ages: 6-9 years
School Hours: 7:45am – 2:45pm
Enrichments for Grades 1 and 2: Music, Art, Physical Education, Spanish
Enrichments for Grade 3: Music, Art, Physical Education, Spanish, Latin
As a direct continuation of all of the skills a child develops in Primary, the Lower Elementary classroom provides a new environment in which to explore and be inspired. The three-year development process experienced in Primary will begin again, yet with a new sense of confidence and curiosity.
Within the classroom, children have the freedom to walk, stand, get a drink, have snack, use the bathroom, all at will, at any time they deem necessary. Teachers do not control the timing of their activities, preparing them for the reality of the unpredictable nature of life. The teacher presents an individualized overview plan based on the curriculum and designed according to observation and record-keeping of each child. This individualized learning allows students to learn at their own pace and receive lessons specific to their learning style. To ensure that every child completes the full curriculum by the end of the three year cycle, teachers spend considerable one on one time with each student. This flexibility and individuality is unique to Montessori elementary-aged learners.
To meet their inquisitive natures, the teacher presents students with a vast array of lesson and demonstrations to expound upon these myriad of interests—about the creation of the universe, the development of plants and animals, the movement of the earth, and the changes wrought by wind, water, and ice. Children use their imaginations along with Dr. Montessori’s stories and demonstrations to get a glimpse of how the world works.
Through our elementary program’s curriculum, our students advance academically well beyond their same-aged peers at our neighboring schools. Students who complete our program gain an impressive depth of understanding and mastery across all subjects which makes our students extraordinary contributors at all schools who are fortunate to receive them once they complete our program.
Additionally, our students are able to excel without the pressures of an externally driven competitive environment. As a result, our students gain a strong appreciation for holding themselves accountable for extraordinary effort and work. This intrinsic motivation yields a healthy, happy, emotionally mature child who possesses a profound desire to excel in a way that is rarely found elsewhere.