Elementary I (Grades 1-3) and Elementary II (Grades 4-6)

Our Elementary curriculum is rooted in cosmic education and strengthens the developmental growth of our 6-12 year olds. Montessori identifies this as “the second plane of development.” During this time period students naturally undergo (1) increased socialization and interest in working in groups, and (2) advancements in abstract thinking and concepts. Children are encouraged to choose between working individually or in groups; academic concepts transition to “paper and pencil” abstract problem solving as concrete materials are mastered. Guides continue to follow each child with individualized learning plans, assisting the child as he/she takes increased ownership for their own learning. 

In an Elementary classroom learning takes place through:

  • Lessons: given by the guide
  • Practice: performed by the student as many times as needed which allows each child to achieve mastery
  • Projects: students perform research on topics of interest and create work that drives mastery of skills within the larger academic context
  • Community Work: students share responsibilities that contribute to the daily functioning of their classroom and organize opportunities for going out into the community

The mixed-age classroom continues to be fundamental to the learning structure in the Elementary program. It motivates students to aspire to learn the more complex concepts being studied by peers, it provides an opportunity for mentorship and leadership, and it creates an environment that is conducive to tailoring learning plans to each child’s readiness and, in many cases, accelerated comprehension. Students ready for more complex concepts and subjects than is “typical” for their grade level receive those lessons, rather than progressing at a pace they may not find challenging and engaging. 

Our elementary students are treated as fully functioning individuals, who are curious, driven, and active participants in their classroom society. They develop confidence and high executive function through complex problem solving and achieving mastery of studied subjects. The extensive curriculum includes:

  • Mathematics
  • Language
  • Music
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Science
  • Handwork & Art
  • Geometry
  • Spanish and other world languages
  • Physical education & health
  • Ecology
  • Peace education

After Elementary, students advance to Middle School.

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