When a child reaches the age six, they have begun to understand the world in which they live. They become more conscious and aware of things, than before. The Montessori Elementary environment is designed to build skills in all areas of learning. What is unconsciously absorbed, become conscious. The love of learning is cultivated, and more research based learning is encouraged. Children will have a clear understanding of the natural world. Montessori education, will not only help the child’s skill building, but, go beyond to developing the whole person.
The traditional education approach is to teach the facts in all subject areas. In a Montessori education, reading, writing and comprehension skills are based on researching information and writing about your research.
Younger elementary children (ages 6-9) are presented with Dr. Maria Montessori’s five Great lessons, in sequence, from the beginning of time, through the modern days.
The lessons are presented in sequence. It becomes logical to children that each event that took place in the universe, happened for a purpose, and how everything contributed to our modern day.
As your child reaches the “upper elementary” level (around age 9), their lessons are refined and expanded in depth. Students are encouraged to work in small group tasks where they are independent thinkers and are expanding their knowledge by exchanging ideas and working collaboratively in groups.
Upper elementary students are more independent and proficient and will be moving from concrete to abstract. Students in Montessori are in a learning environment that empowers them to be in charge of what they want to learn. Studies are guided by the Montessori teachers. Students become creative thinkers and knowledge is acquired from research-based studies.
In Montessori education, mathematics is based on the skills children acquire from the usage of Montessori Didactics. In other words, they learn concepts rather than memorizing rules. Montessori Didactics are presented in a manner that will help the child with concrete visualization of Algebraic and Geometric operations. Children are able to think abstractly when moving to upper grades. The materials used for basic Arithmetic in the primary grade, are reinterpreted to learn Algebra in upper elementary.
Numerical quantities, numerical symbols, place value, odd/even, concept of zero, rounding, larger than and less than.
Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division concepts and operations, math facts, exploration of numerical patterns.
Concepts of fractions, naming/vocabulary, equivalence, study operations with alike denominations, intro to mixed numbers.
Linear, time, money, (value, adding and subtracting, shopping) temperature, weight
Shapes, (lines, angles, planes, figures.) Solids, polygons, congruency, similarity, equivalence.
Word problems and critical thinking, estimating, graphing, patterns and relationships.
Time ( calendar, clock, timelines). Creation myths, evolution, prehistory.
The big bang theory, Origin of the Universe. Three states of matter. Energy, laws of attraction and gravity, sun and the solar system, The five kingdoms of life, external and internal parts of the body functions of plants and animals. Classification and nomenclature.
Continents and Land and water forms. Countries and capitals. Flags and map markings.