Maria Montessori believed that truly educated individuals continue learning their entire lives because motivation comes from within. Dr. Montessori developed a system of early childhood education designed to cultivate one’s natural desire to learn.
The elementary curriculum is structured to focus on independent mastery of objectives as well as the opportunity to work on projects in pairs or small groups. We continue to establish solid academic skills as well as foster the personal growth of the child.
Math. All concepts are taught with the manipulation of hands-on material giving the student the opportunity to move at their own pace, from concrete representation of numbers to abstract understanding. The curriculum follows a definite sequence that creates a visual impression in the minds of the students for the mathematical as well as geometric shapes.
Language. The curriculum is divided into reading comprehension, oral presentation, write expression, phonics, word study, grammar, spelling, and handwriting. The students are given lessons with manipulatives to give meaning to the work. The students produce final written projects such as research papers, creative stories, book reports and poetry.
Cultural. Science, history and geography are taught in this area. The study of botany, zoology, and the performance of scientific experiments comprise the science curriculum. Science is presented in an intriguing and exciting way in order to promote creative thinking and problem solving that lays a foundation for understanding the scientific theory.
History is explored through researching for reports, projects and presentations Extensive map work is utilized in the study of geography. Montessori offers children a concrete presentation of history by letting them work with personal timelines as well as other timelines.
Art and Music. Art cultivates the great joy of creating. Children are free to explore a variety of media. The importance of the process is stressed, rather than the end product.
Physical Education. Students continue to develop basic body control, fundamental movement skills and health-related fitness components such as strength, endurance and flexibility. They continue to learn the rules and procedures for simple games and how to play safely and respectfully.