Launching Elementary/Primary Years (Ages-6 to 10)
We are all unique individuals with our own strengths and weaknesses. We are not computers to work the same way once programmed. Had that been the case, every student in a classroom would have progressed in the exact same manner. That's what sets Montessori apart!
Montessori isn't just for pre-school kids. Montessori Elementary serves the unique needs of children (ages 6-10). A methodology that encourages children to question, think critically, and take responsibility for their own learning-skills that will support them in later education and in life.
The Elementary Program is based on the belief that children learn best through movement and encourages cognitive, creative, social, and emotional development to help them reach their full potential.
This includes addressing their needs as they enter a new phase of development characterized by:
- A transition from concrete to abstract thinking
- Growing interest in socialization
- Thinking and memory that is enhanced by creativity and imagination
- An interest in fairness, social justice, and compassion
Children who are new to Montessori quickly feel at home with the inspired teaching that appeals to their deepest interests, and with the distinctive, hands-on learning materials that teachers introduce sequentially according to the students' developmental needs.
For students who have completed Montessori Early Childhood programs, the environment offers continuity with familiar routines and learning materials that offer new lessons and opportunities for more complex exploration and discovery.
The classroom is a happy community. Students are focused. They take joy in their work. They invent, explore, experiment, confer, create, prepare snacks, and curl up with books; sometimes they might even reflect in a peaceful, meditative corner. Meanwhile, teachers circulate throughout the room, observing the students and making notes about their progress, ever ready to offer support or introduce new material, as appropriate.