The Montessori Environment: Elementary 6 to 12 years
Our Elementary Program includes a three-year experience in a Lower Elementary classroom for children ages 6 to 9 years old and a three-year experience in an Upper Elementary group for children 9 to 12 years old. During these years, children are characterized by a reasoning mind, a thirst for knowledge, a sense of wonder, an attraction to peers and growth toward intellectual independence. Elementary students are offered key lessons and Great Stories that invite them to explore the world around them from the farthest reaches of the cosmos to the smallest flower. Experiential materials continue to help the child explore the areas of geography, history, math, language, biology, geometry, music and Spanish. Most lessons are in small group format and assume a collaborative spirit and a social interest in learning alongside and from ones peers.
Decision-making, problem-solving and social awareness are key components of the elementary experience. The adults who guide it are observant, respectful and passionate about guiding each child to full engagement in every area of curriculum.