Lower Elementary

Lower Elementary
(6-8 year olds) 

There are many advantages of continuing a Montessori education through elementary, as opposed to a more conventional school structure.

Our 1st and 2nd grade students stay together through the day receiving individualized instruction in a natural and productive learning environment. We use Montessori methods and materials that keep students challenged and engaged. They practice and can ultimately master their skills and develop leadership by helping younger students learn.

Our lower elementary program gives students an opportunity to excel well beyond the norm by continuing to broaden, deepen and lengthen their academic foundation in math operations and concepts, writing and reading. Careful and comprehensive record keeping allows teachers to know each child’s level of mastery and give lessons accordingly.

A lifetime of success begins with a solid and strong foundation. There are no limits on how much your child can achieve. We individualize lessons to meet the needs of each student, and as a result we have good students who are also great people! Our dedicated teachers help students learn to do the right thing by making wise choices and being responsible for their choices.

Our elementary students…….

  • Learn all four math operations and number facts
  • Are fluent and avid readers
  • Have a good grasp of geopgraphy and historical timeline of major events
  • Write in cursive
  • Produce at least three 4-H projects a year

The Montessori Prepared Environment is a place where……

  • According to function and subject area, materials organized and arranged left to right, top to bottom, in sequence order of advancing difficulty.
  • Furniture and utensils are size appropriate for the children
  • Children choose and direct their daily works, and an ample amount of floor space and tables are provided for them to choose their work space
  • Lessons and materials are developmentally appropriate and have purpose, procedure and closure
  • Success is designed into activities through the essential component called the ‘Control of Error’

Where The Teachers  ……

  • Are facilitators between the child and the environment and the materials
  • Understand how to match a child’s developmental level and needs with appropriate works to their specific needs
  • Observe children and their use of the materials to better understand the needs of introducing new materials in the learning sequence
  • Do not break the concentration of a child when they have begun to work independently
  • Keep records of the children across a spectrum of development, and maintain a well prepared environment
  • Are knowledgeable in their field and show a joy for educating young children
“The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say ‘the children are now working as if I do not exist’” – Maria Montessori

Montessori Activities Foster Development In..

  • Concentration
  • Coordination
  • Independence
  • Order
  • Gross Motor
  • Fine Motor
  • Brain Development
  • Math and Reason
  • Language Skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing, expressing on self)
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking and application of prior knowledge
  • Perseverance and Persistence
  • Resourcefulness
  • Self Discipline