In the Montessori Elementary School classroom, mixed-age groupings nurture a sense of family and community. Younger children work alongside older children finding excitement in the more advanced work ahead. They also witness how sequential lessons fit together into the big picture of building new skills and competencies.
As older children work with younger children, they develop patience & leadership skills, while reinforcing and perfecting their own academic skills in the process. This collaboration helps the children gain a better understanding of themselves and a sensitivity to others.
The teacher, child, and environment create a learning triangle. The carefully prepared Montessori classroom is characterized by activity-based learning.
Also, long uninterrupted blocks of time encourage concentration by allowing students to continue to work on activities of interest.
Through individualized instruction, and hands-on, self-paced, collaborative learning, children begin to take ownership of their learning while developing independence, responsibility, self-discipline, initiative, strong academic skills, and the ability to face challenges with confidence and success.
During the elementary school years, the Montessori curriculum builds on three characteristics of this age period:
• The growing ability to form abstractions from concrete information
• The desire to develop and to be accepted by one’s peer group, and
• The children’s fascination with all aspects of their culture and the grandeur of the world at large
The Montessori elementary school curriculum integrates history, geography, mathematics, science, language, literature, art & music.
This interdisciplinary approach helps children understand the connectedness of the universe as they develop creative & critical thinking skills.