This is a period of intense intellectual capacity. The children have boundless imaginations and a desire to go beyond their homes and classrooms to explore their culture and every aspect of the universe. They are drawn to social interactions and have a strong desire to understand social order, moral action and how they fit within a community. These children are motivated by big challenges, large numbers and important concepts. They love to hear the stories of how things have come to be. They are motivated to great work of their own, because they have the freedom to choose and to pursue aspects of these important stories that strike their particular interests. These children are the social beings on adventures into the universe. Because their Elementary Montessori environment is designed around these needs and capacities, their level of engagement is deep. In Montessori Elementary classrooms one sees a collaborative community of learners working side by side, supporting each other to create a project or resolve a puzzle. The children encourage each others' efforts but also challenge themselves to learn more. Every day, one can hear children saying, "Tomorrow I am going to break my own math fact record from today," or, "I want to expand my math operations to extend the length of the school hall," or, "I want to write a chapter book about my research on deep sea life." These are motivated students in a dynamic exchange of ideas and discovery who are developing life-long work habits. Their learning is woven into meaningful context of the larger and universal picture, the interdependence of life and the interconnectedness of all people, which Dr. Montessori called Cosmic Education. The students have the opportunity to revisit and expand upon previous explorations of the curriculum which includes:

 

  • The Sciences: biology, chemistry, geology, geography, astronomy and physics; mathematics, geometry and algebra.
  • Math: mathematics, geometry and algebra.
  • Communication: writing, reading, grammar, expression and presentation.
  • Culture: art, spiritual beliefs and expressions, fundamental needs of humans.
  • History: formation of the earth through timelines of life and movement of civilizations.


Dr. Montessori believed that most of the academic work should be completed prior to entering the work of adolescence. The elementary children have a deep understanding of the world and a strong skill base to move into the next plane of their development, the Adolescent Community.

 

Infant / Toddler (Day Care) (age birth to 2.5 years)
Early Childhood (age 2.5 to 6 years)
Upper Elementary / Primary (age 9 to 12) 

 

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