Students are introduced to cultural studies through a series of Montessori “Great Lessons” that expose them to the stories that explain the world they live. In Elementary, they move immediately into a further exploration of the cultural areas they learned while in Children’s House. As the “logical, reasoning mind” emerges, the children use the information in new ways, find the interrelationships between and among the various cultural areas, and generally expand their knowledge. When children enter the elementary grades, they move immediately into a further exploration of the cultural areas they learned in the Children’s House. As the “logical, reasoning mind” emerges, the children use the information in new ways, find the interrelationships between and among the various cultural areas, and generally expand their knowledge.
Physical, biological, and social science subjects — such as anthropology, astronomy, biology, and chemistry — are not broken down into separate subjects areas, but instead are totally integrated within the curriculum. Maria Montessori called this integrated curriculum “Cosmic Education.” It provides whole views of the world into which details may be placed in their relationship to the whole.
- Geography – study and structure of the Earth, study of rocks and minerals, solar system, etc.
- Biology and Zoology – introduction to eras and periods, external parts and vital functions of animal groups, parts and vital functions of plants.
- History – prehistory, fundamental needs of humanity, measurement of time.
FINE ARTS CURRICULUM
The Montessori educational approach strives to give each child an awareness of the interconnected nature of their studies to the world around them. The core philosophy of the Fine Arts curriculum is process-based (rather than product-based.) Thus, the exploration and development of creative problem-solving skills is more important than the finished product. Students are exposed to a wide variety of artistic tools, techniques, and media. The ultimate goal of artistic expression — to encourage individualism and creativity, while also strengthening emotional development and perceptual ability.
The goal and objective of the music program is to instill a joy of music by incorporating an exposure to all forms of music, singing, listening, ear-training, movement, instrument playing, and creativity. Our Montessori music curriculum addresses the needs of the whole child: physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM
The major goal of the Lower Elementary physical education program is to continue to build the students’ enjoyment of movement and physical activity. The program at this level continues to provide the children with activities that focus on gross and fine motor skills, coordination and spatial relations, and overall fitness and strength building.
Sportsmanship and competition are introduced with core Montessori principles such as grace, courtesy, and respect in mind. The “PE Shelf” is also introduced, which allows students to choose independent PE work.