Our Elementary students are ready to move from concrete work into more abstract thinking, and they begin to make connections across curriculum subjects and into the world around them. When your child moves up to Elementary, they will continue to build academic competencies and life skills. Not only will they expand their base of knowledge, but, through our support, they cultivate a desire to know more. Our students love learning, and our Elementary program is the place to maximize that enthusiasm.
Your child will hone their fine motor development and refine their writing and motor skills. They’ll also learn about sustainable lifestyles including organic gardening and healthy living. We incorporate field trips into our program in order to help children connect to the world around them, and most often these trips tie into specific curriculum in science, history, culture, art, language and math.
In our lower elementary curriculum, your children will build upon their sensory skills and continue to refine them. They’ll cultivate and hone the skills needed to excel in math and language.
Through our language arts coursework, your child will develop listening and speaking skills and build holistic comprehension of reading and writing. This includes:
- Learning the building blocks of language including parts of speech, prefixes, suffixes, contradictions, compound words, and syntax.
- Exploring language extensions including spelling and vocabulary, punctuation, grammatical work usage, and phonograms, oral and silent reading, lowercase and cursive alphabets.
- Increasing comprehension through identifying and recounting plots, understanding chronological order of events and drawing conclusions, creative writing, journal writing, and editing skills.
Your child will expand their understanding of math and numbers through a variety of hands on activities. The use of specialized materials guides them from concrete work into more abstract thinking and processing. Through various lessons they’ll explore patterns, fraction operations, finding the greatest common divisor, skip counting, base systems, estimation, decimals, percentages, algebra, geometry, word problems, tables, graphs, and problem solving.
Your child will build upon their concept of the world they live in and further explore and experience it. Elementary students will learn about:
- The Earth and universe: land and water formations, gravity and laws of motions
- Fundamentals of physics: matter, atomic structure, molecules, the periodic table of elements, laws of physics such as gravity, magnetism and the study of other invisible forces
- Electricity: a basic understanding, definitions of volt, ampere, ohm and watt, understanding of electrical circuits
- Plant life: plant survival, plant classification, biomes and ecosystems, nomenclature and definitions
- Animal life: cells, the five kingdoms, vertebrates and invertebrates, animal research, human body, animal physiology
- Health Science and Nutrition: How their bodies work, and how bodies and food work together.
Your child will develop a better understanding of the world and its people through exploring their city and state, as well as places far beyond our borders. Your student will delve into their orientation to their own environment including their classroom, neighborhood, and community. They’ll learn the globe through identifying countries, map puzzles, and map drawings. They’ll study continents, the people in them, cultural elements, transportation, plants, and animals. They’ll learn a timeline of life on earth, our planet’s geology, major land and bodies of water.
Through social studies, your child will gain a greater understanding of our state, country and world. They’ll grow their knowledge of culture, explore religious and economic pluralism, and navigate current context through news and contemporary issues.
Through exploring history, your child will develop a better understanding of why we are the way we are. They’ll do timeline work, learn about prehistoric life, the history of civilization, American history, and learn about the lives of important figures from the past and present.
Social and Emotional Skills
As your child continues to grow, they develop their social skills and a greater understanding of their interactions with others. Elementary children are on an entirely different plane of social development than they were in Primary, but the need for social education is still there. Your child will learn to succeed in a community-based environment and gain better understanding of how their actions affect the larger group.
Leadership & Community
Your child will continue to develop skills for conflict resolution and their ability to manage emotions. Through thoughtfully constructed games and exercises, your child will learn techniques and strategies to keep perspective while maintaining self-control and self-respect in any situation. Leadership opportunities abound as children turn their own ideas into projects and coordinate a team approach for seeing them through to completion.
Your child will build their physical capabilities by engaging in fitness building activities and using self-assessment tools and skills to support their physical health. They’ll play team sports and develop team-building skills, sportsmanship, social competencies and the ability to solve problems. They’ll also delve into health and nutrition and gain better understanding of the human body and factors that influence growth and development. An integral part of our physical education program stems from our believe that all children must have a basic understanding about water safety, so we provide all of our Elementary students with weekly Swim Lessons at the YMCA.
Our Elementary students continue to explore art as a process, but the complexity of their planning and execution grows with the projects they take on. They’ll develop their artistic expression using various mediums including knitting, sewing, paint, oils, pastels, pottery and pencils. They also will learn about basic elements of art including shapes, lines, textures and styles, with study of various famous artists to support these concepts.
Elementary students build on their previous work with musical concepts by learning technical terminology for various musical components. They begin working with notation and note length, differentiate between steady beat and rhythm, and learn about structural form. Children are introduced to the families of instruments, and they begin lessons on the recorder. They continue to coordinate movement with song, and showcase their knowledge in our annual Winter Performance.
Elementary students begin learning computer basics, including typing skills, parts of a computer, word processing for reports and research techniques.
Living Montessori STEAMs Ahead in their HOT HOUSE OF INNOVATORS!
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math. Going beyond STEM education, Living Montessori incorporates the creativity and innovation that only the Arts can provide into the technical skills that come from traditional STEM activities. Our carefully designed STEAM space provides an environment that encourages exploration and discovery, experimentation, innovation and creativity. It inspires children through scientific experimentation, structural building, circuitry and motorization, open-ended art, mechanics and technology. In our STEAM room, your child will develop critical skills in inquiry, creation, ingenuity, problem solving and collaboration.
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