This multi-age classroom grouping also provides a sense of stability for the students with the subjects offered in an integrated way to enable the students to understand how everything they learn is interrelated. In order to accommodate the multi-age range and to facilitate students of diverse learning styles, the Montessori curriculum is designed to cover a comprehensive range of interests and abilities to be completed over two 3-year periods. The learning environment is carefully structured for challenges and success at all levels. The teacher uses students’ curiosity, imagination and development of social skills as natural motivators for learning. Emphasis is placed on developing strong work habits and responsibility for completing assignments to the best of their ability.
The elementary Montessori curriculum is based on the following 6 main areas of learning:
This language curriculum offers students a carefully structured program of oral, reading and writing skills that build on literacy skills they have already acquired in the CASA program:
Emphasis is placed on the development of excellent writing skills which are required in personal, academic and workplace situations. The conventions of written language: punctuation, capitalization, spelling and sentence structure are taught as specific lessons and then applied to each student’s own work. Creative writing in all its forms: stories, reports, poetry, journals, letters, advertisements and drama is nourished and valued in the Montessori classroom.
Oral language skills are strengthened by encouraging students to present their projects and read their stories with confidence, clarity and expression.
Strong research skills develop as the student learns where and how to locate information, how to classify/organize it appropriately and discovers that knowledge in one area may also be related to other areas. Good literature is always available in the classroom and the student enjoys reading well-written stories and information books in all subject areas across the curriculum.
On completion of the lower elementary language curriculum the student can read fluently and understand age-appropriate chapter and information books. The student can also gather and organize information from a variety of sources, use the conventions of writing accurately and make clear oral presentations to the class. The overall goal is to offer each student a full range of concepts to become fluent in both oral and written expression with imaginative and creative power. This will be the foundation for a lifetime of learning and communication.
Since French is one of
The origins of math arose from the needs of our ancestors. It was used as a tool in practical applications before man gave specific rules to math. Just as early mankind, the student also needs the concrete before the abstract. Our rigorous mathematics program includes learning all the basic mathematical principles plus additional problem solving skills. Expectations for pencil and paper skills in mathematical operations are very high. Students are taught to describe what they are doing in mathematics and to explain why they are doing it. They are able to identify the relationships between mathematical concepts and everyday situations and to make connections between mathematics and other subjects.
The Montessori elementary math curriculum is based on learning through experience. Students use a diverse set of carefully constructed materials to lead them to an understanding of the mathematical operations and concepts. A systematic series of activities and exercises help the student to discover what it really means to add numbers together, divide a whole into many equal parts, and recognize similarities and equivalencies in two and three dimensional shapes.
Since mathematics and numbers are used throughout our daily lives for financial planning, shopping, telling the time, driving, cooking, and so much more, mathematics therefore, becomes a powerful learning tool that allows students to become more independent and cognisant of the world around them.
Over the three-year period students will:
The math curriculum is designed to meet all academic learning styles and abilities. A student who requires additional time to fully understand a particular concept will have that time. A student who grasps the concept quickly and is ready for more challenging work, will move on to new challenges. No student is expected to progress at someone else’s pace. Emphasis is always placed on achieving one’s personal best with the multi-age groups offering a flexible time frame for reaching the advanced academic goals.
Science experiments help the student to understand the laws of the Universe. The curriculum covers:
Social and cultural studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic and worldly competence. This program provides study disciplines such as geography, history, anthropology, archaeology, economics, philosophy, the arts, music, political science, religion and sociology. The primary purpose of this program is to help our students develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.
The social curriculum recognizes each student’s early interest in an ethical value system and social rules in the community.
It was Maria Montessori's vision to sow the seeds of culture in a way that would reveal to the student the story of the past, present, and future through exploration of key timelines, classification charts and experiments.
Our elementary curriculum lays the foundation for further growth and understanding. The students move from a carefully structured environment to one that they will construct for themselves with the understanding that they develop between the ages of 6 to 12 years. This cooperative social interaction among students of different ages engenders feelings of friendship, respect for the rights of others, and self-confidence. Therefore, they will achieve greater independence, advanced skills in oral and written communication, respect for self, others and the planet as well as a mature sense of justice and fairness.
Geography materials illustrate the planet Earth, its place in the universe, and how it contributed to the history of humankind.
5. Music and Visual Art
Art is an integral component of the school curriculum. The program is designed to guide the students in the discovery of their own potential for artistic expression, through the study of art history and the introduction of different visual art techniques.
The themes selected serve as a compliment and reinforcement of the academic program, fostering creative thinking in the students as well as their love and understanding of the arts.
The primary goal of the physical education program is to create an environment where students can learn skills, techniques, rules, and physical exercises in a positive, happy atmosphere without having to experience a fear of failure, pressure to succeed or a negative self-image.
We recognize the importance of physical fitness to the health of our students and we offer them opportunities for movement through dance, drama, and a variety of sports.
7. Computer Studies
Students begin work on touch typing skills using instructional software since fluency on the keyboard is a lifelong skill which facilitates later learning. Then students focus on the basics of documents using MS Word, creating/altering images using Paint, spreadsheets using Excel, drawings using Visio and network navigation on safe, monitored internet access. They are encouraged to transfer their work between applications to take advantage of the tools offered by each and to format their documents to improve the final appearance of their work.
Students are provided with extensive lessons and opportunities to use various search engines and key words for researching subjects via the internet. They also use writing tools such as Grammar and Spelling Check, Word Count and Thesaurus. The comprehensive computer curriculum focuses on developing fundamental concepts and skills for students to use in their practical life since most jobs today require proficient use of computers.
Additional activities, such as languages and tutoring, requested by parents will be considered.