Elementary fosters a creative and collaborative environment for children ages 6-12 years.
The Sunflower class built a complete vegetable garden over the summer! Working with the land is an important aspect to Montessori, and the space at Fiore furnishes us with a great opportunity to bring our learning outside, close to the earth. We can't wait till the garden starts growing! Our elementary guide also led the way in creating a whole outdoor classroom to surround the new garden.
Love of Learning
When a child enters the elementary classroom at age 6, they enter an entirely new world. The elementary classroom has many differences from the primary classroom, because the elementary child is a different child. This child enters a new stage of development where they become curious about the world, have a fierce sense of justice, are academically driven and like to work with others in a group. This classroom fosters their love of learning by providing a “let’s go find out” atmosphere.
The elementary child has a reasoning mind. The means, they are constantly wondering about the world. The elementary environment is prepared to meet the needs of the elementary child, and it encourages their reasoning mind and the tendency to want to find out more information. It is common to hear an Elementary Guide say, “Instead of asking Google why cheetah’s run so fast, let’s look in the encyclopedia!” It is an environment for discovery that ignites a spark within the child’s spirit.
The academic curriculum for the elementary program is extensive and rigorous. In the Montessori environment, every subject is created equal. The children work on all the subjects simultaneously, and therefore find relationships within each subject. They cover many subjects not typically attempted in traditional schools at this age and their work becomes increasingly complex and abstract as they progress. Collaboration with the teacher ensures their work is challenging and purposeful and that academic standards are met. The subjects that make up the Montessori elementary curriculum are Geometry, Geography, Language, Math, History, Art, Biology, and Music.
Concrete to Abstract
The first three years, or commonly known as Lower Elementary are a time for intense, concrete learning. To concretely learn something in Montessori term simply means to experience it in a realistic way. For example, holding a cube of one thousand beads in your hands as opposed to writing 1,000 on a piece of paper. The children experience quite abstract concepts in a real, tangible, and visual way before abstracting these concepts onto paper. Montessori believed in mastery before moving forward.
Life Skills/Social Skills | Going Out
In partnership with our academic curriculum, we also prepare children with necessary life and social skills. Grace and Courtesy was Maria Montessori’s way to teach children how to navigate the world with politeness, kindness, and tact. This covers everything from how to set a table to conflict resolution. We take pride in preparing children for real like situations that will serve them well as they continue their journey to adolescence and adulthood. The elementary community goes on specialized field trips called Going Outs, which are derived completely from the child’s interests. The children come up with, plan and execute these Going Out’s and the skills gained are insurmountable.