Elementary Program | 6-12 Years of Age
It is at the elementary level that children become fascinated with the “how” and “why” of everything. Using the skills acquired in the primary (preschool) years, the elementary students become explorers of the universe in a more profound way. They are entering a period of imagination, reason, socialization
and moral justice. They begin to realize that they love to learn.
While the primary-aged child, from age three to six may ask the adult, “Help me do it myself” the elementary child asks, “Help me think of it myself.”
Dr. Montessori’s plan for educating the elementary child is to give him a vision of the universe andraise a thinking child. The result of her work is an integrated curriculum: Mathematics, Geometry, Algebra, Language, Reading, Grammar, Literature, History, Physical Geography, Cultural Geography, Economic Geography, Anatomy, Ecology, Chemistry, Geology, Mineralogy, Astronomy, Drama, Music, Art, and Physical Education.
Montessori education teaches children to think, not just memorize facts, feed them back and forget them. Students literally learn how to learn and become fully engaged in the learning process. Children work both individually and in groups and are encouraged to pursue their own passion, with guidance of
One distinct characteristic of the Montessori elementary program is the absence of regularly scheduled grades and tests. Children are able to assess their work weekly with the teacher. Individual goals are set, allowing each child the chance to know what it means to work to his or her fullest potential. The freedom allowed and the responsibility expected in the classroom enable the child to develop a strong sense of self-esteem and inner discipline that is carried throughout the child’s life of learning.