If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man’s future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual’s total development lags behind?”
— Maria Montessori
The elementary age is one of deep exploration and imagination, one of social justice and community, and movement from the concrete to the abstract. Elementary is the heart of childhood. Our programs are divided into two three-year cohorts: Lower Elementary (1st to 3rd grades) and Upper Elementary (4th to 6th grades).
The elementary classroom is carefully prepared to offer students engaging and challenging activities as well as resources to begin self-selected research. Teachers give many small group lessons each day, moving children through the detailed Montessori curriculum, while also allowing time for exploration. From the ah ha moments using meticulously crafted hands-on math materials, to the reams of stories created in our classrooms, elementary is a place of discovery and creativity.
The school day is designed to prioritize the three-hour Montessori work cycle to protect flow and concentration. The children learn to plan their time, balance their learning, be part of a community and find their passions. Our elementary students have a deep sense of justice and help to create a community of respect and problem-solving. Our students live and work with adults and peers each day, learning to collaborate, set boundaries, and make time for themselves.
Montessori dedicated her life to establishing a philosophy based in peace and the interconnectedness of all living things. She aimed to inspire children to create a world better than the one they were born into. Our students seek out connections to other people and cultures and also learn about the interrelatedness of all natural things and our role in caring for our world.
Our elementary curriculum is built upon the Five Great Lessons, which aim to inspire by sharing the stories of how the universe, life, humans, math and language came to be. Montessori believed in starting with the big picture – demonstrating a deep respect for the child, trusting him with the universe rather than underestimating his capabilities. We give children time to dream, to search for fairness, to make decisions, to teach each other, to make mistakes and learn from them.