Practical Life curriculum moves beyond the self care and fine motor skills of the preschool student, to include new skills that connect students to the world, such as time management and their local community. Lessons promote responsibility of the student to complete goals. Goal sheets are jointly developed and utilized by the teacher and student to define and organize assignments. The students are now empowered to make independent work choices, prioritize activities, and meet deadlines.
Number concepts, place value, numerals, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals are studied in the Elementary program. As students continue to advance in their mathematical abilities additional lessons are received in mathematical operations, and more complex functions.
Reading, research and writing are interrelated to all aspects in a Montessori Elementary education, as students explore their topics. Students work towards mastery of an assignment, not just towards its completion. Grammar, spelling, and mechanics are also demonstrated through the use of self directed materials. The child will understand how to analyze, think critically, as well as to compare and contrast literature that reflects the child’s personal opinion and perspective. The child will reflect on these activities through both formal and informal presentations.
Cultural studies help the child to discover more about their natural curiosity of the world. Subjects are introduced as an interrelated topic an explore zoology, botany, anthropology, geography, geology, physical and life sciences, and anthropology. Additionally, the child will receive lessons in history, physical and political world geography, civics, economics, peace and justice, the arts, Spanish, computer science, and physical education.
Science and Social Studies
The Montessori approach of an Interdisciplinary and integrated study of geology, geography, physical and life sciences, anthropology, and history are enhanced by the “Great Lessons.” The lessons comprise a series of dramatic stories on the origins of the universe, our planet, and the history of humanity. The laws of physics and chemistry demonstrate the interdependence of all life. Beginning with the first civilizations, students will discover what it means to be a responsible world citizen.