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.
The first part is 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. Each presentation is geared towards inflaming the student’s curiosity. What follows a presentation is the student’s independent research guided by the teacher.
The in-class curriculum includes, but is not limited to:
The second part of our curriculum is called going out and it allows the students to plan, schedule and visit a place of interest related to their research. The classroom assistant will invite a parent chaperone to go on such trips.
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.
There are no grades assigned to students for their work. However, the teacher meets with each student on weekly basis to help supervise the course of studying noted in the student’s journal and to plan subsequent presentations.