Elementary Areas of Study
Language is an integral part of the entire elementary curriculum. At the lower elementary level, the children learn to read and write with a variety of Montessori-based and other phonetic and whole-language materials. Once these skills are mastered, your child will read quality literature, mythology, and poetry at an individualized pace. Writing is incorporated into such areas as journals, creative writing, and research in other curriculum areas. The study of the specific points of spelling and grammar are treated separately.
The Montessori method of manipulation of concrete and symbolic materials that have built-in error controls develops sound arithmetic skills, and leads the children from the concrete to the abstract. At the lower elementary level, your child will learn to perform the four math operations (add, subtract, multiply and divide) and memorize basic math facts. In the upper elementary level, your child will apply that knowledge in working with fractions, decimals, squares, square roots, cubes and cube roots. Critical thinking skills are developed, and your child may do work in algebra in the last year.
At the lower elementary level, your child will work with two- and three-dimensional construction of geometric forms, and will be introduced to geometric nomenclature. Upper elementary children will learn the application of formulas to calculate area and volume of two- and three-dimensional figures. Drawing on previous work, they will explore more advanced concepts and terminology of geometry.
History and Geography
The history curriculum follows the development of the universe, through to the development of life on earth, the development of humankind, early civilizations and recorded history, including US history and government. Geography, and the ways in which the physical nature and configurations of the earth have contributed to history, is an integral part of the curriculum.
Elementary aged children are interested and ready to learn about their world and time beyond their experience of the present. The materials used lead your child to studies of the development of the solar system, the physical formations of the earth, biomes and weather. History instruction includes the development of humankind and the development of world cultures and civilizations from the beginning to the present. Emphasis is placed on human diversity, the cultural differences of other places and times, and the struggle of humans in the development of civilization.
Biology is structured to ensure that your child understands classification and can organize and relate the facts of biology. There is an emphasis on an ecological view of life, and a feeling of responsibility for the environment. Practical applications include participation in a variety of recycling programs, from can collection through composting. The physical science curriculum focuses on experimentation in the areas of chemistry, physics, astronomy and meteorology. In the later years, the curriculum focuses on the study of the human animal and its body systems.
The emphasis at this level is on:
Team games- Soccer, basketball, kickball, etc.
Individual games- Tag games, rope jumping, hopscotch, etc.
Structured PE with instructor