6 years - 12 years
Elementary aged students have enormous potential for the acquisition of academic content. Lessons in the elementary classes are always given in small groups giving each student ample opportunity to express interests, ask questions, and make meaningful
contributions, thus developing a sense of educational responsibility. Children in these classes play a part in what they learn which leads to much greater engagement in school and academics.
A Day in the Life of an Elementary Student
No two days are ever the same. Although students come each day to the same classroom with the same classmates and teachers, there is no telling what the day may hold. Students have the responsibility to set the course of their own day and to use their time well. Whether they start their day continuing the botany work they began the day before or researching the geology of the Yosemite canyons for their class trip, the students know that they can make the most of their days in school.
8:15- 8:30 Morning drop off
8:30 - 11:30 Morning work period - lessons are given, follow up work is done. The three hour work period allows the elementary child uninterrupted time to create and develop themselves without stress and imposed time periods for each subject.
12:00-12:45 Outside play time
12:45- 1:00 Silent reading time
1:00-2:30 Afternoon work period - lessons and continuation of morning work projects.
2:30-2:45 Clean up and departure time
2:45 -3:00 Pick up time
When his imagination is fired, the elementary child’s motivation for learning is prodigious. The Montessori elementary curriculum
includes the traditional course selections designed to spark the child’s imagination with awe and wonder and inspire him to learn more.
The classroom atmosphere maintains an attitude of respect for each individual student. The Montessori elementary student is not held back by the curriculum of his grade level, but is encouraged to go as far as he is able, making choices and learning at his own pace. He keeps a daily journal of his achievements, and the teacher has periodic conferences with him to help him work effectively in all areas
of the curriculum and ensure that he is working at a level commensurate with his capabilities. Each year a standardized assessment testing is administered to all elementary students in grades three and above. This is just one of the many tools teachers use to assess areas of strengths and challenges.
The Montessori environment accommodates the elementary child’s need to socialize. He is free to work where and with whom he
chooses and to converse with others, sharing information and ideas. Often students work on a project in small groups and make decisions about each student’s contribution to a cooperative effort. Since the children encounter one another more often than in most traditional schools, they have many opportunities to practice social skills and resolve conflicts. The Montessori elementary student is exceptionally well-prepared to utilize the resources of any educational institution he or she will subsequently attend.