Reading fluency and comprehension skills are a focus of the language curriculum in Lower Elementary. The work is individualized and appropriate for each student. The students work to improve their handwriting skills and move on to learning cursive. There are physical materials to teach parts of speech, sentence analysis, and grammar.
Lower Elementary students solidify their understanding of addition, multiplication, subtraction and division that began in Primary. Montessori math materials allow for a physical exploration of the underlying concepts. They explore fractions and equivalencies, measurements, squaring and cubing, geometry and more. Each child’s individual ability is monitored and continuously challenged by the teachers.
Building on the Primary cultural studies materials, Lower Elementary students extend their skills to include research, report writing, and presentation skills.
Each week, students have art, music, physical education, Spanish, woodworking, drama, keyboarding, and library instruction in addition to classroom-based activities.
Grades 4–6: Upper Elementary Curriculum
Focus and Outcome
Upper Elementary students broaden their language skills through continued use of Montessori grammar and word study materials. Written expression skills are taught and developed through Writers’ Workshop classes. Literature Circles provide opportunities for application of reading comprehension strategies and lively group discussions.
Upper Elementary students continue to work at their own pace under the individualized guidance of the teacher. They learn about decimals, square and cube roots, percentages, properties of numbers, algebraic equations, and more geometry. At this level, an increased emphasis is placed on the application of previously learned skills to solve more complex problems.
This innovative curriculum blends the study of history and science content with skill-building and practice in note-taking, critical thinking, creative problem-solving, public speaking, collaboration, and independent research.
Each week, students have art, music, physical education, Spanish, Latin, woodworking, and drama in addition to classroom-based activities.