The Elementary program for children ages 6-12 offers an individually-paced curriculum that challenges children academically and promotes their well-being and sense of self. Engaging as contributing members of a respectful community, they learn to question, think critically, and take responsibility for their own learning.
This includes addressing their needs as they enter a new period of development characterized by:
- A transition from concrete to abstract thinking
- Growing social awareness
- Thinking and memory that is enhanced by creativity and imagination
- An interest in fairness, social justice, and compassion
Within the Elementary program, Practical Life curriculum expands from the foundation laid in the Casa program. Practical Life at the Elementary level shifts from a focus on self-care and fine motor skills, to skills that help children connect with their interests in the outside world, organize their time, and take part in their community.
While self-care and appropriate social interactions continue to be supported, lessons that teach responsibility are the focus. Use of tools, such as work plans, to support organization and time management skills, are incorporated into the daily routine.
Teachers and students often work together to post reminders about assignments, projects, and ideas. Using these, children make independent work choices, prioritize activities, and meet deadlines.
Number concepts, place value, numerals, and related quantities are reinforced and expanded upon within the Elementary program. New purposes for familiar math materials provide children with the means to consider number concepts, mathematical operations, and more complex functions, helping to expand advanced mathematical knowledge and understanding.
Reading and writing are integral to all subjects in Montessori Elementary, as children express their interests and satisfy their curiosity. Students master conventions with thorough studies of grammar, spelling, and mechanics. They produce final copies with careful penmanship (including cursive writing), and keyboarding. They read, analyze, think critically, and compare and contrast literature to support personal opinion and perspective. Using these reading and writing skills, they present ideas through formal and informal presentations.
Interdisciplinary and integrated studies of zoology, botany, geology, geography, physical and life sciences, anthropology, and history are built around “Great Lessons,” a series of dramatic stories that explore the origins of the universe, our planet, and the continuous development of human advancement. Through these lessons, children explore the interconnectedness of all living things. Beginning with a study of civilization, students explore the contributions of history and what it means to be a responsible citizen and to seek ways to make the world a better, more peaceful place. Additionally, in-depth studies of physical and political world geography, civics, economics, peace and justice, the arts, world language, and physical education are introduced.