Our Montessori Lower Elementary Program empowers each child to develop as individuals with a sense for the collective community. The Kindergarten through Second Grade classroom includes child-sized furniture, open shelves with beautifully design learning materials, and spaces for collaborative for independent work or exploration. The k-2 curriculum uses a comprehensive approach to create a solid connection between each child’s Primary (age 3-6) experience and the learning they will go on to do at the Lower Elementary (age 6-9) level.
Children have the opportunity to follow their own interests and learn from and alongside their peers, while academic skills are taught and monitored by the classroom guide. Social relationships continue to grow and the older children begin to understand and mature into new responsible citizens within the community. The development of independence and social community is a major focus for the elementary students, as well as Math, Physical Geography, Language, Matter and Astronomy, Zoology, History, Botany, Art and Music, and Physical Education.
Students study whole numbers and the function of each in addition, multiplication, division and subtraction. This is followed by the study of fractions and geometry. Montessori learning materials and activities help each child gain understanding of these abstract concepts.
By using experiments and making examples focused on landforms, ecosystems, and weather, lower elementary students study the earth’s physical environment.
We use activities and materials that will increase each student’s exposure to the written word and guide them on their journey to becoming avid writers and readers. Students specifically discuss and study penmanship, reading with comprehension, grammar (including parts of speech and simple sentence analysis), spelling and vocabulary building, literary elements, and research skills.
Matter and Astronomy
Lower elementary students explore the concepts matter and astronomy through the use of models that show the relationship and relative size of matter as it appears in outer space. Our classroom experiments allow students to explore the concrete properties of matter as it appears on earth, linking the study of matter, astronomy, and the creation of the universe.
Students learn the basics of animal anatomy, classification, and adaptation.
Students learn about the study and recording of the past. History provides students with a wealth of fascinating information about the world, our culture, and the society they live in.
Through classroom and garden activities, students learn how fascinating plants are. Children gain an understanding of the importance of plants in relation to themselves and the environment as a whole.
Art and Music
Through music and dance, art, and creative activities, our students learn to express ideas with color, shape, texture, movement, song, and storytelling. All of these activities encourage an appreciation of the arts as a natural and important part of our community and the physical world.
Movement and Yoga
Organized physical activity, including regular yoga practice, encourages students to be aware of their bodies and gain skills to monitor them in a concentrated way.