Elementary

ages 6 to 9 years, first to second grade (adding third grade in 2018)

monday - friday, 8:30am - 3:30pm

Because Montessori students can dive into topics that interest them most, each day in the classroom becomes full of possibility and excitement. The teacher creates an environment full of engaging materials, teases the imaginations of the students with stories of history and science, and then supports the students in their own personal discoveries as they ask questions and seek out the answers.

Cosmic Education begins during Elementary. This method of learning is unique to Montessori: the children hear Great Stories that introduce them to the elements of science and history. As they are interested in various topics they hear about, the children begin projects that use all the different school subjects at once. A child that is interested in volcanoes may use clay to make his own volcano, measuring and calculating amounts, improving reading skills by researching earth science, and learning more about geography by reading a map to find out where volcanoes exist today. Cosmic Education unifies all the traditional school subjects, making learning more similar to real life experiences, and helps the child understand their place in the universe.

In addition to following their own interests in the classroom, children are given the responsibility to improve of the traditional skills like reading and math. Beautiful materials help the children gain a firm understanding of arithmetic and geometry. The children need to study all the different areas of the classroom, but they are given the freedom to choose when. The classroom is a busy place with each student choosing how they will spend their time with the guidance of the teacher.

Montessori students continue their Cosmic Education by Going Out into the community and city to learn more about subjects that interest them. When many children begin to ask questions about a particular topic, they may go out to a place to learn more about it: the water treatment plant, a local nature center, an art museum, an instrument repair shop, a nearby lagoon; the possibilities are endless!

Montessori education has a 100 year old history of growing creative and innovative children through a scientific method of teaching:

We believe that children want to learn.

Children have an ingrained ability to seek out discoveries and develop themselves if given the right environment and tools. Often the adult simply needs to step out of the way.

We celebrate the power of words.

We entrust children with the vocabulary for the things they see so they can identify and understand their world. Books then give them an even greater key to knowledge and imagination.

We honor the process of making mistakes and growing through them.

Learning is a messy process, and the greatest learning comes out of solving problems. When things get hard, adults can support but not rescue, and as children learn to try, try again they develop the strength to overcome mistakes and difficulty.

We trust the natural world as a great teacher.

Exposure to nature is scientifically proven to bring calm in the face of stress and trauma. Admiring nature connects us to the world around us, and the beauty of nature inspires art.

We work hard to serve as guides to each child on this journey.

As educators, we are not just here to impart knowledge but instead to aid each child as they make discoveries. We lay the groundwork for the next step and help each child move forward in their own timing.

 

 
A material designed to help students calculate multiplication problems so that they can actually see what multiplying does to numbers.

A material designed to help students calculate multiplication problems so that they can actually see what multiplying does to numbers.

A typical day in our classroom looks like this:

8:30 - 11:30  Indoor classroom

11:30 - 12:00  Line Time, when the teacher leads the whole group in songs, poems, and other classroom discussions

12:00 - 12:30Lunchtime

12:30 - 1:30  Outdoor classroom

1:30 - 2:30Indoor classroom

2:30 - 3:30Outdoor classroom