Lower Elementary (first grade, second grade, third grade)
Upper Elementary (fourth grade, fifth grade, sixth grade)
Middle School (seventh grade and eighth grade).

Montessori education at the elementary level continues on with many of the same principles used in the primary grades. Classrooms are organized in multi-age groups. The Montessori method allows children to progress through the curriculum at their own pace. The elementary-age child is moving from an understanding of the physical world to an understanding of abstract concepts.

Mastery of Fundamental Skills and Basic Core Knowledge
Elementary Montessori students explore the areas of mathematics, science and technology, literature, history, geography, civics, economics, anthropology and basic organization of human societies. The studies also cover the basics found in traditional curriculums, such as memorization of math facts, spelling lessons, the study of vocabulary, grammar, sentence analysis, creative and expository writing, and library research skills.

Dr. Montessori's "Great Lessons"
These are five connected stories that expand the enormous historical frames of time and space. The first great lesson is the "Story of the Universe", covering solar systems, oceans, and how volcanoes cooled. The "Coming of Life" introduces the history of life on earth from one-celled animals and plants to human beings. The "Coming of Humans" relates the significance of human beings, their special abilities and what differentiates them from other life forms. The "Story of Communication in Signs" and the "Story of Numbers" provides a look at human invention in the context of expanding civilization. They are intended to give children a cosmic perspective of the earth and humanities placed within the cosmos.

Individual Chosen Research
The approach is based on library research. Students are given the opportunity to explore and discover topics of their interest. Studies come alive through hands-on projects and activities.

Montessori Materials and the Passage to Abstraction
The advanced elementary Montessori materials help students to understand more complex and abstract concepts in mathematics, geometry and pre-algebra. Hands-on materials allow the understanding of grammar, sentence analysis, geographical facts, and concepts in science.

Language Arts and Humanities
The elementary curriculum focuses on the development of strong skills in composition and creative writing. The students are given to read quality literature, which is the most important key to the language arts curriculum. They are introduced from an early age to first-class children's books and fascinating works on science, history, geography, and the arts. Literature is part of all the other areas of the curriculum; with students reading stories and plays about cultures and historical periods that they are studying.

Mathematics is presented through 3-dimensional, manipulative materials, that introduces elementary students to the study of the fundamentals of algebra, geometry, logic, statistics, along with the principals of arithmetic; each providing a concrete way to experience an abstract concept.

History and Culture
Elementary students study physical geography; they also discover the emergence of the first civilizations, the struggle of humanity through out history, and the universal needs of humankind. Upper elementary students study the early man, ancient civilizations, and American history. Basic economics is another important component of the upper elementary Montessori curriculum.


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