“To do well, it is necessary to aim at giving the elementary age child an idea of all fields of study, not in precise detail, but on impression. The idea is to sow the seeds of knowledge at this age, when a sort of sensitive period of imagination.”
Dr. Maria Montessori
- Three year program for 6 to 9 year olds
- Teacher to student ratio: 1:11
- Additional Enrichment: Art Studio, Music, Computer, Science, Spanish, and Physical Education
One more “advantage” of Montessori Children’s Community is we provide students with the opportunity to continue their Montessori education through Ninth Grade. The elementary-aged child is in a period of heightened social development, so he needs group experiences. The multi-age classroom maximizes the potential of each individual child in an environment that has a place for everyone, providing a profound sense of belonging. The students continue to build upon the basics that were introduced in Children’s House. Montessori Children’s Community emphasizes reading ,math, language, handwriting, and what Montessori refers to as cultural subjects of History, Zoology, Botany, Geography, as well as socialization and self-esteem. The Elementary program is further enriched with Spanish, Music, Art, Science, Computer Lab and Physical Education. Another “advantage” over most schools is the children have Spanish three times a week. Studies have shown that the earlier children are exposed to a foreign language the more successful they will be at mastering it.
The Whole of Life
During the elementary years, children are interested in the “whole of life”. They are curious, fascinated, and eager to learn more about the world around them. This is the time that Dr. Montessori felt they should be provided with an overview of the big picture of the universe. Montessori presents this information in five interconnected stories that expand the enormous historical frames of time and space. The first 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 the earth from one-celled organisms to human beings. The “Coming of Humans” relates the significance of humans, their special abilities and how they are different from other life forms. The “Story of Communication in Signs” and the “Story of Communication of Numbers” provides a look at human invention in the context of the expansion of civilization. Through these stories, children get a “cosmic” perspective of the universe and humanity’s place within it.
The Elementary program at Montessori Children’s Community offers a stimulating curriculum. Being part of a “community” is very important to children in their social development as well as how they view their role for the future. Through their individualized work, children learn to set goals, manage time, and organize projects. Montessori Children’s Community’s unique approach to personal and social development complements the elementary child’s desire to become independent, productive, and successful.