(Ages 6 - 9 years)
A 10-month Montessori Program
We are currently accepting children into our 6-9 classroom! Please call for more information and an opportunity to speak with our lead guide.
Montessori Elementary guides (teachers) train to give lessons to 6 to 12-year-olds (or 1st through 6th grade). They ensure that each child receives presentations in every subject area regularly, providing a holistic and integrated approach to learning. Additionally, this method provides children the opportunity to learn at their own pace, practice skills and continue to grow as individuals within a community. Six to nine year olds naturally become more aware of their peers and social dynamics. Children of this age love to work together to solve problems and explore the world as a team, as such, group lessons are offered in support of this natural social development.
Maria Montessori believed that the world outside the classroom could be an extension of the prepared environment to serve the elementary child's curiosity of how things work. She felt that a child of this age is ready to learn about nothing smaller than the whole universe. The elementary guide begins the year with a grand story to illustrate the vastness of our world and its characteristics. The Story of the Universe creates a backdrop where the children can see the interrelatedness of our main subjects; Language, Mathematics, Geography, Geometry, History and Biology. Storytelling allows elementary children to use one of their favorite tools: their imagination!
Once the teacher has given a child a lesson in any subject, the child has the freedom to practice that lesson and find their own way to extend their learning in that area. The child's practice can lead to writing, constructing, reading, or planning a trip to see a place or interview a person in a particular field. A child's research can involve learning many practical skills such as making phone calls, writing letters, reading maps, and developing the organizational skills to plan an event or trip. This is the perfect time in the children's lives to learn how to accomplish these tasks with grace and courtesy for others.
Elementary children love to play with language. Now that they can talk, they don't want to stop! Montessori materials make learning the rules of language construction fun and chidlren love to write their own stories and research studies. Children see how we use language to express our thoughts and connect with others. It is language that allows us to know the thoughts of people in other parts of the world and at different points in history.
Elementary programs offer studies of secondary languages. Our guide will share lessons in Spanish and French, and the children are welcome to practice more languages if they choose!
The sequence of mathematical lessons guides children from the concrete experience to abstract understanding of math concepts. The specially designed Montessori materials allow children to manipulate objects to see and feel for themselves the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. There are also materials to demonstrate the decimal system, fractions, multiples, factors, square root and cube root.
There is geometry all around us. Children love to work with the Montessori geometric materials, which allow them to experience the features and relationships between 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional figures. Further practice with geometric principles lead to work with equivalence and formulas for area. Work in Geometry naturally extends to work in Art and development of children's skills in drawing and design.
Montessori Elementary lessons in Geography focus less on the political boundaries that divide our continents and more on the ways that lands and waters form. The sequence of Montessori Geography lessons begin with the basic elements of our world; solids, liquids and gases. From an understanding of the building blocks of the universe, children learn through stories and demonstrations how natural elements interact to form mountains, oceans, rivers, winds, volcanoes, seasons, and many more of the ways that our environment is constantly changing.
History connects many areas of study through stories about the development of languages, mathematics, inventors, people who made discoveries about geometry and world explorers. There are timelines to illustrate natural history, life before humans, development of human societies and civilizations. History stories emphasize the ways that all humans share the same basic needs such as shelter and food and the variety of ways that we meet our needs. The History stories also illuminate our interconnectedness with our natural world and each other.
As well as respect for other people, elementary guides model reverence for the natural world. The elementary class at CVMS will have the special opportunity to explore the trails right outside our door in Woods Memorial Park and experience the sights and sounds of nature. We will identify what we find and build a deeper knowledge of our surroundings. A walk through the trees might inspire poetry, a drawing, an investigation into types of leaves , invertebrates or the function of roots.