LOWER ELEMENTARY COMMUNITY

6 – 9 years:

In the Lower Elementary years the growing plant is working its way up through the soil and ready to stand tall. (strong in its core) Nurturing, Team building, Empathy, Manners

In the Elementary classroom (1st – 5th grade) students build on the concepts that they have learned in the Primary classroom or in other Kindergarten level classrooms. The setting allows these children to challenge their minds and reach for expansive goals. The pace of the curriculum also allows each child to internalize concepts studied before moving on. In Elementary we foster students natural curiosity by providing a broad curriculum for them to study. Students also learn to manage their time and lessons in an organized way. This provides them the organization skills needed in school and life.

To further encourage student’s analytical and critical thinking we provide them with guiding questions and opportunities to research in order to answer their questions. This provides them a chance to discover answers for themselves.

Having the opportunity to be part of a working community is another one of the many benefits of a Montessori Elementary program. The children operate in a democratic community of young scholars, where individual opinion is valued and personal responsibility is expected. Students in this classroom are encouraged to view the environment as their own, which fosters respect and a greater sense of responsibility. They are each encouraged to take risks, and mistakes are considered learning opportunities. The process of learning is valued higher than the product. Each child works at his or her own pace which allows them to satisfy their individual needs in the learning process.

In the Montessori classroom students are given uninterrupted blocks of time called work cycles. In these periods of time the students can choose the order and scope of their work. Each child assists in creating a weekly work plan to allow them to take advantage of the entire curriculum. This also assists in helping them organize their time and keep careful track of their work. This helps them to have a beginning understanding of time management and goal keeping. The curriculum offers a wide range of subjects that extend well into higher levels. We shape the existing curriculum to follow the interests and the abilities of each child. Our goal is to guide each student to become self-directed, enthusiastic learners.

 

Read more here by the Founder of the International Montessori Council, Tim Seldin:

Montessori for the Elementary Years