Our Lower Elementary Program
The Lower Elementary (Grades 1st, 2nd, & 3rd) classes capitalize on the skills learned in the Pre-Primary, Primary, and Kindergarten Programs. Writing develops as a means to communicate effectively and creatively using the Writer’s Workshop model. Reading for 6 – 9 year olds consists of not only decoding words, but also learning strategies to assist in making meaningful connections with text. Critical thinking skills are gained as students improve their operational math skills and work with word problems.
Geography lessons expand to include broader cultural traditions within continents. As the students begin to understand the greater community, depth of thought is encouraged and developed. Community projects are adopted to foster compassion and develop students as global citizens. History and science are taught in the context of Montessori’s five great lessons. The students are engaged in learning the origins of life in our universe as well as the history of written language and numbers.
Practical life skills are still the foundation for keeping our community clean, ordered, purposeful, and decorated with work. Our organizational skills reach a new level, as students are required to keep their locker area clean and neat.
Students begin researching and presenting information individually and in cooperative groups. They are introduced to digital resources and the basics of web safety