Students in the Elementary Program work in and outside of the classroom. This program serves children ages 6-9 years in the 1st-5th grade. The class is split into two groups: 1st-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade. Each group has up to 15 students, one lead teacher, and a part-time assistant teacher works between the two classrooms. The students have a blend of separate and community learning time between the Lower and Upper Elementary grades. Careful work, lessons, and projects are experianced in the classroom during workcycle. Outside of the classroom, students participate in outdoor learning, community work, and multiple field trips during the school year...this is what Montessori describes as "going out".
Group is an important way to start the day and come together as a classroom. Classroom tasks, discussions, meetings, lessons and presentations are some ways the students participate in group.
Math lessons can focus on algebra, geometry, and furthering the decimal system. Repetition, grade level, and ability factor into child specific math lessons. Hands on math material with the absence of a calculator help the child understand the process of great math concepts.
Science exploration is rich as the children study the outside world and with hands on Montessori learning materials. Some areas of interest include botany, biology, zoology, and geology. Children work on the scientific process and clear communication. Research is a focused learning experiance and skill presented in the elementary program.
Language study encompasses writing (cursive and print), reading (leveled books), creative expression (poetry, historical pieces, oral presentations), grammar, spelling lists (given weekly), and other Montessori language lessons appropriate for grades 1st-5th grade and beyond.
Art is a way of expression and skill in the elementary program. The art teacher guides students during a weekly class. Students work with fine art tools and techniques, they also learn to work with various technological and theatrical ways of artistic expression.
Music and song is accessable and taught to the class to prepare for our winter and spring performances. Formal music instruction is taught once per week. Voice, Ukulele, and World Music are the main areas of focus for the year.
Cultural Studies & Geography help students learn and interact more with the world outside of their classroom and home. Students present a "Passport Presentation" each year, participate in current events discussions, and learn about cities, states, countries, and continents. Cultural holidays and celebrations are widely taught in class.
Field Trips are planned monthly with the help of the students and course of study. The class also takes trips to the library and local parks. The students also plan an end of year trip to the Mountains or Sea of North Carolina.
Spanish language and culture is presented to the elementary students through listening, speaking, writing, and reading. Bi-lingual books, projects, and field trips create a meaningful connection to the Spanish language and culture.
Peace Education and The Five Great Lessons are presented from the beginning to the end of the school year. We learn about peace at a personal, local, communal, and global level. We discuss the Five Great Lessons of the beginning of time, the start of life, early human life, how writing began, and how numbers began. In Upper Elementary, human migration and human fundamental needs are taught.
Yoga and Health is practiced with an emphasis on personal growth and care. Yoga is taught by a weekly instructor and available in class daily. Physical education is taught once per week on Fridays.
The Inside and Outside of our Elementary Classrooms...