The Montessori Elementary classroom fosters the development of well-rounded citizens of our community, nation, and the universe. In addition to having solid academic skills, our students learn to be responsible, respectful, and resourceful. In short, they develop as humanitarians.
Characteristics of the Upper Elementary classroom include:
- Academic work is self-paced
- Independence is fostered by self-checking work and individualized work plans
- Standardized testing monitors academic progress
- Peer teaching enhances self-esteem and builds leadership skills
- Students work together, developing collaborative skills
The students continue advanced work in mathematics (reasoning and skill) and language arts (literature and composition) at their own pace. Because the student at this level has a predisposed desire to learn about culture, our three-year curriculum covers the timeline of human development over the centuries, highlighting major contributions and events across all disciplines. Students learn about prehistoric cultures, ancient civilizations, the medieval period, U.S. History through the Civil War, and modern history and culture. Students are engaged in simulations to become members of civilizations and to learn through experience. Students learn to make connections between disciplines (incorporating art, drama, and music) and become resourceful in gathering and presenting information to their peers.
Our technology education continues in the Upper Elementary classroom. Students continue their instruction in the uses of technology by incorporating excel spreadsheets, graphs, pictures and videos into their presentations.
Students build upon their education of a foreign language as well as formal art and music instruction completing thematic units on cultures, artists and musicians.