Elementary child is curious about the world

When the child enters the second period of development around the age of six they will join our elementary program. Elementary child is curious about the world outside of their immediate environment. To feed this curiosity we offer to students a Montessori curriculum that consists of two essential parts.

Cosmic education

The first part of the elementary curriculum is reffered to as cosmic education, and it encompasses in-class presentations on subjects starting with beginnings of our universe, through coming of life, and present-day scientific discoveries. The great stories give the child the big picture and all subjects are studied as part of a whole relating to one another. Gratitude to all those who have come before us is a spirit that guides our learning.

The in-class curriculum includes, but is not limited to:

Language, math, sciences, history, geography, biology, arts, music.

The Montessori curriculum is considered holistic, because it contains multiple open-ended education opportunities which is all that is needed to complement the child’s natural development. However, intending to embrace and appreciate Portuguese language and culture the Elementary students have afternoon Portuguese-as-a-second-language lessons with a specialist language teacher. Children also engage in physical education activities and team games a few times per week.

The second part of our curriculum is called going out and it allows a small group of students to plan, schedule and visit a place of interest related to their research. The classroom guide or assistant will chaperone children on such trips.

It is true that the teacher supervises the children, but there are various things that ‘call’ the children at different ages.

— DR. MARIA MONTESSORI
CLASSROOM

The elementary classroom is lined with shelves that hold various supplies and a multitude of scientifically designed Montessori materials designed to help each student self-educate. Students often choose a partner or work in small groups to create and research a project.

NO GRADES

There are no grades assigned to students for their work. However, the teacher meets with each student frequently to help supervise the course of studying noted in the student’s journal and to plan subsequent presentations.